October 14, 2015: Letters of Recommendation

posted Oct 15, 2015, 10:50 AM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
October 14, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Senior Snow Leopards, Bulldogs, Thunderbirds and Huskies,

It’s time to brag!

Usually it feels awkward to tell others about how great you are. However, college applications are one of the places where it is acceptable and really important to be able to brag about your strengths and accomplishments. Don’t be shy or hold back! Admissions counselors need to know about the amazing things you’ve done, and so do your letter of recommendation writers.

This week’s focus is letters of recommendation.


Most of you will need letters of recommendation at some point this year for a college application or maybe a scholarship. One of the best ways to ensure that you receive detailed and thoughtful letters of recommendation is to prepare a brag sheet for your recommenders. Brag sheets describe your activities, interests, and awards to ensure that your recommenders can be as specific as possible in their letters. Did you have an amazing experience over the summer traveling with Global Glimpse or mentoring younger students at your local YMCA? Be sure to update your brag sheet to reflect those things.

Finally, good letters of recommendation take TIME to write. If you want high quality letters, notify your recommenders about your deadlines as soon as possible. You can check with your mentor for more specifics, but usually at least two or three weeks ahead of your first deadline is the minimum amount of time you want to allow your letter writers to prepare strong letters.


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Oct 17variesPreview Days at CSU East Bay, CSU Stanislaus, and UC MercedCSU East Bay Preview
CSU Stanislaus Preview
UC Merced Preview
Oct 1911:00amUC Santa Cruz @ TahomaUC Santa Cruz
Oct 191:00pmUC Santa Cruz @ RainierUC Santa Cruz
Oct 203:30pmUSC @ PrepUniversity of Southern California
Oct 2112:15pmBoston University @ EverestBoston University
Oct 213:20pmBoston University @ PrepBoston University
Oct 213:20pmWillamette University @ EverestWillamette University
Scholarship Opportunities

Brian Ohleyer Scholarship Award
Who can apply: high school seniors who demonstrate athletic and academic excellence
Amount of the award: $4,000
Information/Application: Olympic Foundation
*Note- you can't apply directly; someone must nominate you, so talk to your mentor if you're interested!
Deadline: November 3, 2015

Jack Kent Cook Scholarship
Who can apply: Low-income and high-achieving high school students
Amount of the award: up to $40,000 per year
Information/Application: https://application.jkcf.org/login/
Deadline: November 3, 2015

Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Who can apply: High school students involved in volunteer work
Amount of the award: $1,000
Information/Application: Prudential Spirit of Community
Deadline: November 3, 2015

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

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

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
Information/Application: https://secure.apiasf.org/
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

CSU Stanislaus Preview and Early Admissions Day

Wouldn't it feel great to get a college acceptance this early in the year? Last year the first Summit students in the class of 2015 to receive college acceptances attended the CSU Stanislaus Preview Day. If you are CSU eligible and you apply online to Stanislaus between October 1 and October 10, you can receive an on-the-spot offer of admission at their Preview Day on October 17th! 

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