December 9, 2015: Scholarships

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:41 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
December 9, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Huskies, Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, and Thunderbirds

‘Tis the season… for scholarships!

While scholarship deadlines come up throughout the year, January-February is a time in the year when a lot of scholarship applications become available or are due. Right now is a really good time to start looking for scholarships you might want to apply for in the next couple of months.

This week’s focus is scholarships.

Scholarships are awards of money to help pay for college tuition and expenses. There are scholarships available for every type of student, so don’t assume you won’t qualify for them. Some scholarships are need-based but others are merit-based. Some scholarships require applicants to be U.S. citizens but there are some available for undocumented students as well. Check outthis resource to find out more about online databases where you can search for scholarship you are eligible for.

Below is some general advice about applying for college scholarships:

  • Work on scholarship applications early and often!

    • Even when the applications require writing, they’re usually not as time consuming as college applications and you can probably reuse essays you have already written. There are  deadlines for scholarship applications all throughout the year. You can continue to earn scholarships once you’re in college as well. The search shouldn’t end!

  • Identify what makes you unique and search for scholarships that fit your student profile.

    • What is your family’s background? What groups do you identify with? Where do your parents or family members work? What do you excel in? What are your goals related to education, your future major, or your career? You can find scholarships specifically for all of these things!

  • Focus your efforts on smaller, local scholarships.

    • While the amounts of the awards might be smaller, they can add up to make a big difference! Your odds of winning will increase with local scholarships because the applicant pools are smaller. To find local scholarships, try the companies where your family members work and check local community service organizations like the rotary club. Another good starting place is the Silicon Valley Community Fund.

  • Watch out for scams!

    • Unfortunately, there are scams out there so be careful. You should never have to pay a fee or enter credit card or bank account information to apply for a scholarship. Start your search on a trustworthy database, such as Collegeboard Big Future, Naviance, and others linked in this document.

Good luck and happy scholarship season!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Dec 12morningACT examACT registration
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. 
Scholarship Opportunities

CAP Bay Area Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income high school seniors in the Bay Area
Amount of the award: $5,000 per year + 1:1 college coaching
Information/Application: CAP Bay Area
Deadline: December 15, 2015

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Who can apply: high school seniors who demonstrate ambition and drive
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: AXA Achievement
Deadline: December 15, 2015

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
Changing Education, Changing Lives

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