Sons Named Director of Educational Talent Search

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Longtime Eastern Kentucky University staff member Lisa Sons has been named director of the Educational Talent Search program hosted at EKU.

Sons, who joined the EKU staff in 2002 as educational coordinator with ETS, has served as interim assistant director for the EKU Upward Bound Program since September 2011.

A native of Irvine, Sons earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from EKU. She has extensive experience working in Student Affairs, Housing and Residence Life. In 2008, she was recognized by the EKU Counseling Program as the Outstanding Masters Graduate, and was also inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

ETS, a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, identifies low-income and first-generation students who have the potential and desire to succeed in some type of education after high school and assists them with their goal of achieving a successful post-secondary education. Hosted at Eastern since 1985, the EKU ETS program now serves 765 middle school and high school scholars from Clay, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Lincoln, and northern Madison counties.

Scholars are provided direct assistance with college admission, financial aid and scholarship application processes, and the program provides in-school workshops and other activities to all ETS scholars to promote personal development, academic enrichment, career exploration, college preparation and knowledge, financial aid and scholarship information. The program also provides assistance to out-of-school individuals who wish to enter or re-enter and complete educational programs at the high school or college level.

TRIO programs serve nearly 850,000 students across the nation and its territories, with 10 host sites in Kentucky.

Published on March 21, 2012