May 18, 2016: Maximizing Your Summer

posted Jun 6, 2016, 4:03 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 18, 2016

Weekly College Update

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

As we move into the last couple of weeks of the school year, you might be considering how you can best spend the summer before you start college. I have a few suggestions, if you don’t already have a plan.

This week’s focus is maximizing your summer.

There is a lot you can do over this summer to make sure you’re prepared to have a successful start to your college career. Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a class at a local community college

    • Not only will this help you keep your study skills sharp for your classes in the fall, but you might be able to earn credits toward your degree as well. Use the ASSIST website to look up the community college where you want to take classes and see which of their courses transfer to credits toward 4 year degrees.

  • Get a summer job

    • You can earn valuable money that helps you pay for books, food, travel, and other personal expenses in the fall. Plus the work experience is good practice if you plan to do a work study program next year.

  • Keep applying for scholarships

    • Scholarship deadlines won’t end just because the school year is over. There are scholarships that you can apply for all year round. Check out this list of over 100 scholarships with July deadlines to get started.

  • Read

    • The literacy demands in college are huge. No matter what your major is, you are likely to be assigned several hours of reading per week. Just like anything else, the more you practice reading, the more your comprehension, vocabulary, and pace will improve. So check out your local library or get online and find some good reads!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
July 1 Final Transcripts due to collegesSummit will send your final transcript to your college of attendance in Naviance, but be sure to also request and send transcripts from any community college courses you have taken in high school by this date. 

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Scholarship Opportunities

Foundation for Blended and Online Learning Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have can explain how online learning has helped them achieve academically
Amount of the award: $10,000
Information/Application: Foundation for Blended Learning
Deadline: May 20, 2016

FormSwift Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write a two page business plan or create a business infographic
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: FormSwift Scholarship
Deadline: May 30, 2016

Adam Greenman American Dream Scholarship 
Who can apply: applicants must write an essay on the American Dream
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Adam Greenman Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Jack and Jill Scholarship 
Who can apply: graduating high school seniors who are African American
Amount of the award: up to $2,500
Information/Application: Jack and Jill Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Keller Resiliency Scholarship 
Who can apply: high school seniors who have overcome adversity; applicants must write an essay to explain their situation
Amount of the award: $2,000
Information/Application: Keller Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2016

Toptal STEM Scholarships for Women
Who can apply: all female students 
Amount of the award: $5,000
Information/Application: Toptal STEM Scholarships
Deadline: 1 winner a month chosen now through November 2016
Changing Education, Changing Lives

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