February 10, 2016: Plan for February Break

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:51 PM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
February 10, 2016

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Thunderbirds, Snow Leopards, Huskies, and Bulldogs,

I have to say, I’m a little envious of you all right now. Next week when all of the adults at Summit are working on professional development, you all get the week off from school! It’s okay, you’ve been working hard and I’m glad you’re getting a chance to relax. I also hope you use this time off wisely to support your college goals for next year.

This week’s focus is making college part of your plans for February break!

Here are some suggestions for how you might use some of your time away from school next week to support your college process:

  • Visit college campuses

    • Except for the President’s Day holiday on Monday, most colleges will be in session next week. It’s a great chance to get on campus and see what a typical day looks like for students. If you call ahead to the admissions office, they might even help you arrange to sit in on some classes.

  • Work on financial aid applications

    • If you have not yet submitted all of your financial aid applications, take care of that as soon as possible! Remember, financial aid is first come, first served, so the sooner you get your applications in the better your offer will be. Everyone should submit the FAFSA or Dream application. Students applying to private schools may need to do the CSS Profile as well. And, don’t forget to create your Webgrants account after you submit the FAFSA so you can be eligible for Cal Grants, free money for college!

  • Apply for scholarships

    • Remember that your financial aid offers from colleges may not cover all of your financial need. Scholarship money can help you fill in the gaps and take out less loan money. Deadlines are approaching for many scholarships for next year, so take advantage of this time to apply.

  • Catch up on school work

    • I know, it’s hard to focus on school when you have time off. But, it will continue to be hard to stay focused this spring with all the excitement of graduation. So, use this time to catch up or get ahead before “senioritis” really takes over.

I hope your break next week is relaxing AND productive.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
Feb 15 CSS Profile deadline for many private colleges 
Mar 2 FINAL deadline for theFAFSA or Dream Application and Cal Grant application*waiting until this deadline is NOT recommended

16 Scholarships Totaling Over $6.2 Million

Examiner.com recently featured this list of scholarships that together are worth a total of $6.2 million! All of them have deadlines in February or later. It just goes to show that there's still a lot of unclaimed scholarship money for college out there, so get busy applying today! 

Silicon Valley Community Fund Scholarships Now Open! 

Silicon Valley Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs that grant up to $40,000 to high school, community college and university students. The majority of our scholarships are designated for current or former residents of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties. Since 2007, our scholarship programs have awarded more than $11.2 million to help students pursue higher education.

Find a Silicon Valley Community Fund scholarship you can apply for byclicking here

Scholarship Opportunities

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

E4FC Scholars Program
Who can apply: foreign born students who are not U.S. citizens and have minimum 3.3 GPA
Amount of the award: up to $7,000
Information/Application: E4FC Scholars
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Santa Clara Valley Society of Women Engineers
Who can apply: female high school seniors pursuing engineering or computer science in college
Amount of the award: up to $1,000-$2,500
Information/Application: SWE-SCV
Deadline: March 1, 2016

Steve Tirado Family Foundation Scholarship
Who can apply: Latin@ high school seniors
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Steve Tirado Family Foundation
Deadline: March 19, 2016

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who can apply: must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum 3.0 GPA
Amount of the award: $500- $5,000
Information/Application: HSF General College Scholarships
Deadline: March 30, 2016

Asian American Women's Alliance Scholarship
Who can apply: Asian American or Pacific Islander students
Amount of the award: $500
Information/Application: AAWA 2016 Application Form
Deadline: April 2, 2016

LendEDU Scholarship
Who can apply: high school senior with at least 2.5 GPA
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: LendEDU Scholarship
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives

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