Contact Information
QuESTT, Inc.
19 Plaza South
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
Phone: 918-453-1366
Fax: 918-456-0015

 Welcome to QuESTT, Inc. 

Please browse our website to learn more about Talent Search, Upward Bound, and the QuESTT Staff who make it all happen!

QuESTT, Inc. Mission

Quality Educational Services for Today and Tomorrow (QuESTT), Inc., is a not-for-profit community-based organization with the primary mission of providing northeastern Oklahoma middle school and high school students with educational services designed to prepare them for success in postsecondary education.

QuESTT, Inc. Programs

Funds for  the three TRIO (one Talent Search and two Upward Bound) programs are provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Student Services, TRIO Programs, to serve a total of 626 students in 16 northeastern Oklahoma schools.

QuESTT, Inc. Partnerships

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, partners with QuESTT by providing facilities and staff for workshops during a six-week simulated college experience each summer and other educational activities that occur during the school year. In addition to OSUIT, QuESTT also partners with other community agencies that provide programming and services for students. 

Our Knowledgeable Staff


Dr. Fount Holland

Kathryn Durrett



Gayle Self Johnson

Ray Morris


Talent Search Counselors

Donna Kilpatrick

Slade Cochrane


Upward Bound Counselors

Kathryn Lloyd

Pam Brittain

TRIO Programs

TRIO began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 because of the War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third of these educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960's, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs. The name still stands today.

TRIO now includes eight programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, Veterans Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, and Upward Bound Math/Science) that serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to pursue and succeed in their academic endeavors from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

To learn more about these federally funded programs, click here.