TRIO Talent Search Scholarships


Aug 8, 2023


Congratulations to the TRIO Talent Search Scholarship Winners!

TRIO Talent Search awards $500 to two students each year based on academic achievement, community and school activities, special recognition and awards, and volunteer experience. This year, Talent Search students Isaiah Thebeau and Savannah Jones received $500 to apply toward college expenses.

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Isaiah Thebeau

Isaiah Thebeau

Isaiah Thebeau, Valley R-VI High School

Isaiah Thebeau graduated from Valley R-VI High School where he was President of the Student Council, Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and Team Captain of the Valley R-VI Academic Team. Isaiah was recognized as Student of the Month three years in a row and FCCLA S.T.A.R. Event State and Regional Gold medal winner. He was been selected for the Superintendent’s Honor Roll every year since 2019 and the Class 2 District 2 Academic All-District Team (MSHSAA) in 2021. During his high school career, Isaiah worked at Belgrade Bank and volunteered at Belgrade United Methodist Church. Isaiah plans to attend Jefferson College where he will study accounting and prepare to take the examination to become a certified public accountant.

This scholarship can help me support my education and myself as I learn in a new environment and city away from home. Through TRIO, I learned about different educational routes that I could take and different educational pathways, which led me to where I am today.
–Isaiah Thebeau
Savannah Jones and TRIO Talent Search Director Whitney Wolk Maddux

Savannah Jones and TRIO Talent Search Director Whitney Wolk Maddux

Savannah Jones, Arcadia Valley High School

Savannah Jones graduated from Arcadia Valley High School where she was Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America and member of the Arcadia Valley Dance team. Savannah was a Gold medal top of class Anatomy winner and took third place in the FBLA State Leadership Conference. In addition to the MAC TRIO Talent Search Scholarship, Savannah was the recipient of the MKN Board of Directors Scholarship.  MO-KAN-NE (MKN) is the 3-state chapter of the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA), one of the 10 regional associations in the U.S. that form the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). Recipients are recognized for their academic achievements, involvement in their community and their ability to articulate how TRIO has played a role in their lives. Students must be nominated by a current MKN member to be considered.During her high school career, Savannah worked at Harp’s and volunteered at the Salvation Army. Savannah plans to attend Lindenwood University where she will study Digital Marketing.

I have been a part of Mineral Area College Talent Search since I was in the 6th grade. I would often attend meetings every month. During these meetings, my talent search counselor would largely present about college, different career paths, and a goals checklist for every student’s future. I cannot thank Mineral Area College Talent Search enough for the resources provided to me in order to achieve one of my foremost goals.
–Savannah Jones

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About TRIO Talent Search

Mineral Area College hosts two TRIO Talent Search programs, each funded by the U. S. Department of Education through a $250,000/yr grant for five years.  

The objective of the programs is to help low-income and potential first-generation college students prepare for and succeed in an education program after high school (university, community college, technical or vocational school.)  TRIO Talent Search not only provides encouragement and support, but educational guidance in areas such as study skills, career exploration, financial aid resources, college orientation, and admission process.

Our services are FREE of charge but participation does require a time commitment from both students and parents in order for students to take advantage of everything that the program offers. TRIO Talent Search Advisors visit local schools regularly during the school day for group workshops. 

Click here for more information about the program, or contact TRIO Talent Search Director Whitney Wolk Maddux at or (573) 518-2383.