November 18, 2015: Tying Up Application Loose Ends

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Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
November 18, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Huskies, and Snow Leopards, 

What are you thankful for this year? As we approach Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful that I get to work with all of you and your mentors as you get ready for college. I am thankful that 70% of you have already applied to college and it’s only mid-November! Also, I am thankful that we get the whole Thanksgiving week off to rest, recharge, and get caught up on important tasks.

This week’s priority is tying up the loose ends in the application process.

Many of you have already hit submit on CSU, UC, and even some private school applications. That’s a huge step in the process, but it’s important to remember that you may have a lot of “loose ends” or incomplete tasks left in the application process. Here is a checklist of things you should make sure you do in addition to submitting your applications:

  • Send official SAT and/or ACT score reports to all of your colleges

  • Mail in your application fee checks, if you didn’t already pay online

  • Set up your CSU portals-- many CSUs will post admissions decisions and other important reminders to these portals

  • Regularly check for and read ALL communications you get from colleges in your email and regular mail. Even check your spam folder!

  • Request letters of recommendation for EOP and private schools

  • Update Naviance with your application completion status

  • Catch up in your classes for those mid-year grade reports!

I hope your Thanksgiving week is restful and productive!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


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Western Undergraduate Exchange Information

by Jordyn Gray, Rainier junior*

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program that allows students who are residents of a western state, to attend another college in another western state for in-state tuition, if they qualify with certain requirements. The following are the states that this program lives in.

The following is a list of colleges in these states that offer the WUE.

These represent the official states and colleges that will offer a student in state tuition to attend their college if they have certain qualifications.

The qualifications for this program depends on the certain college itself, and differ between colleges. Most colleges offer very basic qualifications, such as living on campus for the first year, having a GPA or 3 and 3.25 or higher, and taking a certain amount of classes.

*Do you have information that you'd like to share in the weekly newsletter? If so, email Ms. Hannon at

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, 2015

Elks National Foundation Scholarships
Who can apply: high school seniors who are U.S. citizens
Amount of the award: varies
Information/Application: Elks National Foundation
Deadline: December 4, 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

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

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

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

"Finding the Right Fit- A Conversation About the College Search" 

Colleges That Change Lives

Maria Furtado, Executive Director, Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL)
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Menlo-Atherton High School

Join Maria Furtado, Executive Director of Colleges That Change Lives, for a conversation about helping your student find the “right fit” for college. Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. CTCL supports the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life beyond college. 

Click here to register for this free event. 

College Abroad

Are you considering attending a college in another country? Check out this article from the Washington Post, "7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)"

Changing Education, Changing Lives

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