Talent Search

Who are we?

San Diego State University Talent Search is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist students in pursuing a postsecondary education. Talent Search is a FREE program open to eligible 9th-12th grade students at participating high schools. Contact your advisor today to see how Talent Search can help you!

Our academic advisors have extensive experience from diverse backgrounds (e.g., social work, psychology, counseling and education) and we take a holistic approach in the work that we do. We understand that our students might be facing challenges and potential obstacles in addition to their academic careers. However, we strive to motivate and provide them with academic, social and emotional support, and teach the importance of self-advocacy.

SDSU Talent Search

Take a look at our program Newsletter and program Flyer:

What do we do?

Your advisor can assist you with the following:

  • Career exploration and selecting a major
  • Choosing the classes required for college admission
  • One-on-one academic advising (college eligibility)
  • Provide encouragement, support and motivation (honoring your choices)
  • Selecting and applying to universities, colleges and vocational schools
  • Applying for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans
  • Financial literacy education (e.g., budgeting, and how to take out loans responsibly)
  • Finding volunteer opportunities and internships
  • Provide information on SAT/ACT tests, fee waivers, test-prep workshops and assist with registration
  • Referrals to other programs, resources, and events that might be of interest to you
  • Field trips to college campuses!
  • In-class tutoring service provided by SDSU's Pathways tutors (through the College of Education)
  • Seniors who are active in the program, receive a FREE Talent Search graduation sash

Want to get started? 

You can reach out to your Talent Search advisor via email, Remind text, phone or schedule a Zoom meeting.
If you are a prospective student, please send an email first to .

Visit our Student Resource Website. Find scholarships, community service opportunities, career exploration questionnaires, college preparation information (e.g. financial aid, A-G Classes, tips for selecting a college, test requirements) , professional development tips (e.g. resume, interviews, study tips, self care), and community resources (community events, crisis hotlines and free/low-cost services). You can also find a link to this page at the bottom of this website.

Visit our Talent Search YouTube channel. We will be posting a series of videos to help you with college enrollment and financial aid process. View them at your convenience and email us any questions you might have!

Download the SDSU Talent Search Senior Handbook! Click on the items in the "Contents" page to go to specific pages. In this handbook you will find a detailed college planning timeline, information about post-secondary institutions, college searching tips, SAT and ACT tests, financial aid, student support programs, and much more to help you plan for the best college experience!

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the following program components:

Summer Leadership Academy

The Summer Leadership Academy is an early outreach intervention for incoming 9th-12th graders at Lincoln and O'Farrell Charter High Schools. This week-long camp takes place at San Diego State University. 

Our students participate in engaging team-building activities, listen to motivational speakers and learn and practice leadership skills that will help them increase their potential for academic success in the upcoming school years.

In past years, students have visited SDSU's historic campus, and had the opportunity to learn in a college classroom, explore the campus/dorms/dining hall, make new friends and spend a day swimming at the SDSU Aquaplex to celebrate the conclusion of the program.


Students at SDSU

This year, students have the opportunity to engage in a virtual camp online to learn the power of Virtual Story Telling!

August 10th - 14th

RSVP here after reading through the Student Agreement.

Summer Leadership Academy 2020

Summer Leadership Academy 2020



Student at workshop

STEM Exploration Day

STEM Exploration Day focused on workshops, labs, presentations, student panels and hands-on activities related to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. 

Some of the presenters and activities included: Planetarium, Ocean Discovery Institute, Computer Visualization Lab, Chemistry Lab Tour, Student Panel, SACNAS at SDSU, RP Oceans Lab, Medlife, Beta Alpha Psi and a STEM Workshop.

The event allowed current SDSU students and professors to showcase their work, research, laboratories and to share their experience and learning opportunities. Future students learned from peer mentors and the community and SDSU Pre-College Institute had the opportunity to recruit student participants.


Remind Text Messages

Destination: College

Destination: College is a project designed to mitigate summer melt (when prospective college students fail to matriculate in the fall after high school graduation).
The services we provide consist of 1) 
Proactive counselor outreach to students and 2) Text messaging campaign to students, identifying important summer tasks to complete.

Destination: College is a collaborative effort within the SDSU Pre-College Institute. Four Talent Search Advisor and one Upward Bound Advisor reach out to "priority" students, who have been identified as being more likely to encounter obstacles when enrolling to college.

Destination: Degree

Beyond summer melt, students might face additional obstacles during their time in college, especially their first year. Destination: Degree is another SDSU Pre-College Institute initiative to support our students in their completion of their post-secondary education.

During Destination: College, advisors identified the priority students who might need additional guidance/help once in college. Our research assistant will reach out to these students during Destination: Degree, determining needs and issues to address, and creating protocols for following years.


Graduating students

How do I join?

A completed application is required for participation. Though our program targets students from low-income households who are first generation in their families to pursue a college degree, up to 1/3 of our students do not meet these qualifications. A signed verification of your family's income is needed for statistical purposes. This information is kept confidential and used only to meet U.S. Department of Education Regulations.

Fill out the following application and turn it in to your high school's Advisor or fill out our Application Google Form.

Talent Search Application

Below, you will find information regarding the Talent Search advisor at our participating schools.

 Jamie Bermejo

Counselor: Jamie Bermejo-Lazo
Castle Park High and Montgomery High
Tue 8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Wed & Thu 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cell: (619) 831-0998
email: [email protected]

Gerardo Chagolla

Counselor: Gerardo Chagolla
O'Farell High and Southwest High
Mon-Wed 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cell: (619)-940-4216
email: [email protected] 
email2: [email protected]

Rachel Rojas

Counselor: Rachel Rojas
Hoover High
Tue-Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cell: (619) 607-3481
email: [email protected] 

Anwar Shariff

Counselor: Anwar Shariff
Lincoln High
Mon-Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cell: (619) 408-2429
email: [email protected] 

Fernanda Miramontes

Counselor: Fernanda Miramontes
Crawford High
Tue & Thu  8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cell: (619) 483-1416
email: [email protected]  

Sandra Campos

Counselor: Sandra Campos
Morse High
Wed & Thu 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cell: (619) 363-1032
email: scampos2@sdsd.edu  

Student Demographics:

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Our Partner Schools:

Sweetwater Union District and Charter Schools:

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