November 4, 2015: College Application Essays

posted Nov 10, 2015, 1:42 PM by
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
November 4, 2015

Weekly College Update

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

Happy November! November is a big month for college applications. CSU and UC applications are due at the end of this month. On November 1st, the UC application opened for submission. For all of you who are applying to UCs, that means writing essays!

This week’s focus is college application essays.


Many students dread writing their college application essays because they’re typically the most time consuming part of the application process. However, another way to look at your essays is that they're the part of the application where YOU have total control and YOU get to shine as an individual!

If you are applying to any UCs, I recommend checking out this advice from the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors on how to stand out in your UC essays:

Additionally, you can find more information here on how to write a strong essay for any college application, including the Common Application.

Finally, I suggest bringing drafts of your college application essays to the upcoming Application Night at your school. We’ll have lots of teachers and mentors around to read them and provide feedback.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Nov 54:00pmCollege Application Night @ Rainier and Tahoma 
Nov 59:00pmDeadline to register for December SATSAT Registration
Nov 69:00pmDeadline to register for the December ACTACT Registration
Nov 7morningNovember SAT and SAT IISAT
Nov 7variesPreview Days at UC Riverside, CSU Channel Islands, and CSU Dominguez HillsUC Riverside Discovery Day

hannel Islands Preview Day

ominguez Hills Open House
Nov 123:15pmCollege Application Night @ Summit Prep and Everest 

Western Undergraduate Exchange Information

by Jordyn Gray, Rainier senior*

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.

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

Fall College Application Workshops

Stanford University

The Fall College Application Workshops (FCAW) is a free annual event organized by the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association to guide high school seniors through the college application process.

At FCAW, you will have the chance to attend workshops that will give you useful information about the application process, college life, and other tips to help you complete your apps. You will also have the chance to meet and connect with current Stanford students, who will serve as your mentors throughout the event!

(Note: FCAW is open to ALL students of different backgrounds applying to college.)

WHEN: Saturday, November 14 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

WHERE: Stanford University

Lunch will be provided. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from Stanford University.

Please fill out the following application form if you would like to attend FCAW:

The deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, November 4th at 11:59PM. After the deadline, look out for an information email confirming your status to attend FCAW.

Scholarship Opportunities

Intel Science Talent Search Scholarship
Who can apply: High school seniors who complete original scientific research
Amount of the award: $1,000- $100,000
Information/Application: Intel Science Talent Search
Deadline: November 11, 2015

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA) 
Who can apply: High school seniors planning to major in computer science or engineering and who meet the GPA and test score requirements
Amount of the award: $30,000 per year
Information/Application: Stokes Educational Scholarship Program
Deadline: November 15, 2015

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

Science Program for First Generation Female College Students

Columbia University
Are you a first generation female college student interested in majoring in science? Check out the Science Pathways Scholars Program at Barnard College. Students selected will have extra support and resources to be successful in college. 

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