February 24, 2016: While You Wait to Hear from Colleges

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:52 PM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
February 24, 2016

Weekly College Update

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

While there might not be much you have to do right now for your college admissions process, February and March can still be a really stressful time. Whether you’re waiting for your first acceptance or hoping to hear back from your dream school, waiting for such important news is never easy.

This week’s focus is what to do while you’re waiting to hear from colleges.

There have been several good articles and blog posts written on this topic:“What to Do While You’re Waiting to Hear from Colleges” by Elizabeth Hoyt,  “7 Ways to Stay Calm When Waiting For College Decisions” on Huffington Post Teen, and “What Students Should Do While Waiting for College Admissions Decisions” on Ivywise College Admissions Blog. I’ve summarized some highlights of the advice they give below:

  • Stay confident in yourself and practice positive thinking.

    • You have worked hard and done everything you can, so now you just have to trust the process. Worrying won’t help and positive thinking can make you feel better. You are more than your grades and test scores. There are lots of people who care about your and support you no matter what happens.  

  • Manage your communications with the admissions offices.

    • It may be tempting to call and ask the admissions office why you haven’t heard a decision from them yet. However, that won’t actually lead to them making a decision any faster. They have to go through their process. The best thing you can do is be proactive and keep checking your emails and portals for any notices. Respond right away if they say you are missing materials for your application and let your mentor know if you have questions about anything you receive from a college.

  • Focus on your senior year.

    • You only get to be a senior in high school once. Try to live in the moment as much as possible. Enjoy your time with your friends and mentor group because you may not get to see them as often next year. Additionally, your grades this year still matter, so give time and attention to your classes to make sure you’re passing for graduation.

  • Come talk to us if you want.

    • Your mentors and teachers have all been in the position you’re in now. We remember what it felt like to wait for college decisions, and we can empathize with you. Come talk to us if you want to process what you’re going through. We’re here for you.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
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

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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