October 21, 2015: Connecting with Admissions Counselors

posted Nov 10, 2015, 1:40 PM by khannon@summitps.org
Summit Public Schools
College Readiness Newsletter
October 21, 2015

Weekly College Update

Dear Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Huskies, and Snow Leopards,

How many of you have had your mentor or a teacher remind you to be more professional or display the core characteristics when you’re interacting with adults? There’s a good reason for it! Your mentor and teachers want you to develop the skills and behaviors to successfully navigate real world situations where you need to show your best self. The college admissions process is one of those situations!

This week’s priority is connecting with college admissions counselors.


Over the next month, many of you will have the opportunity to interact with college admissions counselors as you attend fall preview days, go to college representative visits, do an admissions interview, or contact the admissions office with questions. This means you have opportunities to make a good impression on the very people who will review your application and decide whether to offer you admission to that college!

Patrick Lorenzo, associate director of admissions at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, recently wrote a blog post about this topic. In it, he offers three key pieces of advice for students to make a good impression. One is to practiceformal communication by using a professional email address and a formal writing style-- no “LOLs” or texting abbreviations. His second suggestion is to ask thoughtful questions. Admissions counselors love to talk about their school, but your questions should be specific and show that you’ve done your research. You shouldn’t ask them basic questions that are already answered on their website or in a brochure. Finally, he reminds students to be considerate and realistic about response time. Admissions counselors are very busy in the fall and often traveling. They might not answer a question overnight. However, if you don’t get a response after a couple of days, you can send a polite follow up message.

Finally, I would add the advice that you don’t need to be intimidated about connecting with admissions counselors. Just like your mentor and teachers, they are friendly adults who are passionate about helping young people achieve their education goals and dreams. Help them get to know who you are and why you want to attend their school. Just make sure that you do it in a polished and professional way!


Ms. Hannon
Director of College Readiness


Oct 2211:00amSt. Mary's @ TahomaSt. Mary's College
Oct 221:00pmSt. Mary's @ RainierSt. Mary's College
Oct 24morningOctober ACT ExamACT Student
Oct 24variesPreview days at CSU San Bernardino, Chico, and Sacramento; UC Irvine, and Notre Dame de Namur UniversitySan Bernardino Preview

Chico Preview

Sac State Preview

CI Preview

DNU Preview
Oct 2612:15pmUniversity of Rochester @ PrepUniversity of Rochester
Oct 2812:15pmOccidental College @ PrepOccidental College
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

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
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