College & Career Readiness

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A primary focus of our College and Career Readiness programming is the TRiO Talent Search Program, providing first generation and/or low-income student with academic support, college readiness information, tools and resources to successfully graduate high school and enroll into post-secondary education. We offer college and career exploration, online tutoring, cultural enrichment activities, monthly workshops (TRiO Meetups), participate in summer camp programming, college tours, assistance in the financial aid/college enrollment process, and other services.  

 

Program Eligibility  

  • First generation student  

  • Meet income eligibility guidelines

  • Current middle school (6th-8th grade) or high school (9th-12th grade) student

  • Be at least 11 years of age 

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident of the US  

 

TRIO program applications are accepted year-round, online application must be completed to be considered. Upon completion of the application, student and parent will be notified of acceptance into the program by their assigned TRiO advisor.  

Target Schools*: Academies at South MountainNorth High School, Central High School, Franklin High SchoolSilvestre Herrera Elementary, Western Valley Middle School.

* We do accept applications based on eligibility from non-target schools on a limited basis.

 
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TRiO Talent Search Program

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Check back soon for scholarship info

The TRIO Talent Search program offered a virtual Summer Camp to 86 TRIO middle school and high school participants in June and July 2021. Summer programming included career exploration, self-care activities, hands on STEM project, Italian and Portuguese language lessons, youth prevention workshops, and canvas painting. ASU News published an article spotlighting the TRIO Talent Search program in collaboration with ASU School of International Letters and Cultures for introducing and delivering interactive language lessons to current participants.

Student Spotlights 

  • Former TRIO participant Elijah Cota who graduated number one in his class from South Pointe High school was accepted and currently attending Dartmouth College studying Mathematics. Elijah was a part of the TRIO program for 2 years.

 

  • Jennifer Robles, former TRIO participant graduated from Franklin Police and Fire High School in 2020. Currently attending Gateway Community College studying Medical Sonography. She is a 2020 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.

“This scholarship will help me so much and as well my parents. I thought I would be working nonstop to pay my tuition but thanks to the scholarship I will be able to focus more on school instead of working long hours. Thank you to the positive people that kept me on the right path. So thankful I was in the friendly house program!” –Jennifer Robles              

  • Wendy Gomez, former TRIO participant graduated from North High School in 2020. Currently attending Gateway Community college studying General Business. She is a 2020 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. 

“The benefits of this scholarship are my parents will no longer live in constant worry of me getting into debt, I will pursue my dream career, I will be encouraged to study and work harder than ever before, and it will give me the ability to continue my studies. This scholarship is a blessing and a gift. I will be forever grateful to each and every individual who has set me on this path. Thank you for everything but most importantly, thank you to everyone who believes in me. –Wendy Gomez 

 

  • Diana Soto, former TRIO participant graduated from South Mountain High School in 2020. Currently is attending South Mountain Community College studying Nursing. She is a 2021 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. 

“The Vicki Romero Foundation Scholarship will play a tremendous role in my journey to becoming accepted into a competitive program and graduate from it. With the Vicki Romero Foundation scholarship, I desire to stay true to my goal that is to become a Registered Nurse and to attend Arizona State University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a first-generation student that persevered against the odds to pave the path for future generations.” –Diana Soto

 

  • Michelle Martinez, former TRIO participant graduated from Franklin High School in 2020. Currently is attending Gateway Community College studying Radiologic Technology. She is a 2021 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.

 

“This scholarship will help me succeed in attending Gateway Community College because I’ll have less on my plate. . I promised myself I would do this not only for myself but for my family as well. I wanted to make them proud and most of all I wanted my Dad to be proud of me. My family won’t have to be worried about whether they’ll have enough money so I could achieve my goals. I’ve accomplished so much, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me. This hardship caused me to grow up fast but also pushed me to become the best version of myself.” –Michelle Martinez 
 

  • Monica Ortiz, former TRIO participant graduated from North High School in 2019. She is a 2019 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. Received her AA from Phoenix College in 2021 and is now attending ASU studying Environmental Engineering. 

 

  • Keyla Mondragon, former TRIO participant graduated from Tempe High School in 2019. She is a 2019 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. Received her AA from Phoenix College in 2020 and is now attending ASU.

TRIO TS Program Success Stories

Meet our Team

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Vanessa Sandoval

College & Career Readiness Supervisor

Vanessa.sandoval@friendlyhouse.org

(480) 779-0842

Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/triovanessa

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Brenda Ortiz

College & Career Readiness Advisor

(602) 456-0794

brenda.ortiz@friendlyhouse.org

Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/triobrenda

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Elmer Villa 

College & Career Readiness Advisor

(480) 524-0386

elmer.villa@friendlyhouse.org

Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/trioelmer

For Info/General Questions call: (602) 416-7254

 
 

Special Thanks

The Friendly House College & Career Readiness Program is grateful for additional financial support from:

 Chase

COX Charities

The RealReal Foundation

Their support allows us to provide additional workshops and trainings to parents and students and encourages more parental involvement in children’s education as well as college exposure activities.