May 25, 2016: Additional Cash for College

posted Jun 6, 2016, 5:03 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
May 25, 2016

Weekly College Update

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

Lately I’ve been talking to some of our recent alumni in the class of 2015 about what they’ve learned in their first year in college and what they wish they’d known back when they were in high school. Many of them tell me that they didn’t fully understand how expensive college would actually be, and that they wish they’d spent more time applying for scholarship money when they were in high school to help out with all the costs of college.

This week’s focus is finding more cash for college.

The majority of college drop-outs in the U.S. cite financial concerns as their main reason for leaving school before earning a degree (Washington Post). It’s important to your success that your academics are your main priority when you go to college in the fall and not worries about money or working too many hours to make ends meet. You still have some opportunities now, over this summer, to find some additional money for college so you don’t have to stress about finances as much. Here are three awesome FREE programs to check out if you’re interested in finding more cash for college:

  • Opportunity Fund

    • Opportunity Fund is a non-profit organization in the Bay Area that has a College Savers program available to high school graduates enrolled in either a 2 or 4 year college. They help you set up a savings account for college expenses. You can save up to $2,000, and they will contribute up to $4,000! Your family’s income must qualify for the program, so check out the income limits on their website.

  • Students Rising Above

    • Students Rising Above is an organization that supports first generation college students. They have recently made their college and career hub available for any student who wants to sign up for free. On their hub, you can find awesome resources, such as their scholarship list, resume making tool, interview advice, and more. Plus, you can post any college or career-related questions you have and get an answer from one of their advisers within 48 hours.

  • NextGenVest

    • NextGenVest is a free text-based service that helps students manage their financial aid and find scholarships for college. Their goal is to maximize free financial aid for students. To get started, simply text “I want help” to 646-798-1745. Once you’re enrolled, you can send questions about financial aid and receive a response in less than 10 minutes! You can even tell them where you’re going to college and what you’re majoring in, and they will send you links to scholarships you can apply for.

I hope you find these resources helpful.


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. 

Dreamers Roadmap: A New App to Help Undocumented Students Find Scholarships

A new app to help undocumented students find scholarship money just launched! You can check it out at

Scholarship Opportunities

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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