December 16, 2015: Looking Ahead to 2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:42 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
December 16, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, and Huskies,

Happy last week of school for the semester. As we approach the holiday break, we have so much to celebrate. 25% of Summit seniors have already received a college acceptance! These acceptances have included Yale University, University of Montana, Northern Arizona University, Whittier, Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Linfield, Azusa Pacific, CSULA, CSU East Bay, CSU Stanislaus, CSU Fullerton, Humboldt State, Chico State, and several more. Congratulations to all of you who have heard good news from colleges. For those who haven’t heard anything yet, don’t worry. Most schools won’t release decisions until March- April 2016.

This week’s focus is looking ahead to 2016.

January will be a busy month for college readiness. Three things that should be on your radar for the month of January are mid-year grade reports, private school deadlines, and Cash for College Night.

In January, Summit will send mid-year grade reports to colleges that request them, so make sure you have completed first semester projects to passing quality and you are “up to the line” on content assessments by this Friday, December 18th. Let’s make these last couple of school days super productive!

Lots of private colleges have application deadlines on January 1st and January 15th. If you are applying to schools with these deadlines, be sure that you have checked in with your mentor and any teachers who are writing letters of recommendation for you before you leave for break. Many teachers will not be checking their email during the break, and you don’t want to be stressed out about trying to get in touch with them.

On January 1st, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Dream Act applications will open for submission. Summit will hold a “Cash for College Night” for seniors and their families on January 14th at 6:00pm at Everest for Redwood City and at Rainier for San Jose. We will have lots of experts on hand from local colleges to help you and your parents complete the FAFSA or Dream Act application. We’ll have lots more information on this event when we come back in January, but for now mark your calendars!

Have a wonderful break, class of 2016! We’ll see you in the new year.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Dec 18end of school dayDeadline for mid-year grade reportsThis is the deadline to be up to the line on assessments and have projects turned in to count for mid-year grade reports to colleges. 
Jan 1 FAFSA and Dream Act Applications Open for SubmissionFAFSA

Dream Act
Jan 13midnightGates Millenium Scholarship application deadlineGates Millenium Scholarship
Jan 146:00pmCash for College Night at Summit Everest and Summit RainierFAFSA

Dream Act
Scholarship Opportunities

JLV College Counseling Scholarships with January 2016 Deadlines
Who can apply: varies by scholarship
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: JLV College Counseling
Deadline: throughout January 2016

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: Asian American and Pacific Islander high school seniors
Amount of the award: varies
Deadline: January 8, 2016

Gates Millennium Scholars
Who can apply: African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American high school seniors with minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: full cost of college education! 
Information/Application: Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Deadline: January 13, 2016

Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement
Who can apply: U.S. citizens of any ethnic background with at least a 3.4 unweighted GPA
Amount of the award: up to $2000
Information/Application: APCA Scholarship Program
Deadline: January 31, 2016

PG&E Employee Resource Groups Scholarships
Who can apply: varies by specific resource group
Amount of the award: up to $3,000
Information/Application: PG&E Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline: February 1, 2015

Northrup Grumman Engineering Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are interested in studying engineering and meet GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Engineering Scholars Flyer
Deadline: February 3, 2016

PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who live in a PG&E service area
Amount of the award: $20,000 per year
Information/Application: PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship
Deadline: February 9, 2015

The Dream.Us Scholars
Who can apply: high school seniors who are DACA eligible or approved
Amount of the award: up to $25,000
Information/Application: The Dream.US Scholars
Deadline: February 15, 2016

Chen Foundation Scholarship Program
Who can apply: high school seniors who are low income, planning to attend a CSU or CA community college, and have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0
Amount of the award: $2,000 (renewable)
Information/Application: Chen Foundation
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives

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