Academic Talent Search

The Talent Search Program is designed to identify qualified youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary education. We work to publicize the availability of student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue post-secondary education. As well as, encourage people who have not completed education programs at the secondary or post-secondary level, but have the ability to do so,to reenter these programs.



Once you obtain an application and complete it with your parent, you will be informed of your eligibility status. A staff counselor will conduct an assessment interview to complete the enrollment process.


The program is free of charge. Although, during some trips or tours students often bring spending money.


Students receive a newsletter each semester detailing, among other things, the services and activities available for that time. They can speak with an ATS counselor, tutor, or call the office to inform us which ones they want to participate in and attend. Students are expected to attend those activities that they have selected.

You should inform us by calling the office or speaking with a staff member as soon as possible. We need to know who will be in attendance so that we can plan accordingly.


Even if you are enrolled in our ATS, that does not mean that you have to attend Canisius University after graduating from high school.  You can attend any college or university of your choice.


We assist students in exploring college options, and financial aid sources that will best meet their needs.


  • United States citizens, nationals or permanent residents who reside in the city of Buffalo
  • Have completed the 5th grade and are between the ages of 11 and 27
  • Possess the potential for success at the college level
  • In addition, candidates are eligible if they are:
  • From low income households
  • Potential first generation college students
  • In need of services provided by Academic Talent Search
  • Veterans

How to Apply

Download our application below and please return to @email

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Contact Us

Elizabeth Caffee
Interim Director