Fall Semester: Junior Update



Hi Class of 2023,


Senior year is right around the corner and there are a lot of things you can do to get a strong start to senior year. In this Junior Update, you’ll find important information on upcoming events and dates, MaiaLearning and scholarships! Please save the dates for the upcoming events! Have a wonderful winter break!


-Ms. Rainey, director of college counseling for Elevated and Peak Education



Important Dates:


To maintain eligibility for your Elevated and/or Peak Ed scholarships, you have some required events for this semester. Please save the dates and plan to attend:


  • Thursday, January 13th at 6pm: Junior Night for Elevated/Peak Ed students

Learn how to use the remaining spring semester to prepare for the college process and senior year. You’ll also be introduced to the new resources that Elevated and Peak Ed has available for you to assist with this process.

Who: 11th graders and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend.

Where: https://zoom.us/j/99742390169


  • Wednesday, February 9th at 5:30 pm: Summer Programs Fair

Where: https://zoom.us/j/99753695346?from=addon




  • Saturday, February 19th from 9am-4 pm: SAT Prep Workshop.

Where: Harrison High School

RSVP by January 23rd: https://tinyurl.com/peakELVsat

  • Peak Ed/Elevated Rising Senior Summer Program: College App Camp

Over the course of 4 days in the summer, you will get a jump start on the college application process. You’ll start your college applications, college essay, scholarships and much more!


Please complete this short survey on the potential dates for the college app camp and if you’d be interested in attending. Please Note: Peak Education and/or Elevated may have other "required" events for you; so, pay attention to your emails and messages from other program members.


Why do this over the summer? Many seniors are so swamped with school, jobs and extracurricular activities in the fall semester that they sometimes neglect the college/financial aid process, and some of the most important deadlines occur in the fall. This camp will help you alleviate some of the stress by starting early!


As of now, the plan is to hold this event in person. This event is required, but if you have vacations or other activities that will interfere with college app camp, please communicate with Ms. Rainey in the spring semester once she sends the official RSVP form for this event. Peak Ed and Elevated will work with you, but students are encouraged to attend if available!



Please Note: Peak Education and/or Elevated may have other "required" events for you; so, pay attention to your emails and messages from other program members.


MaiaLearning:


Peak Ed and Elevated have MaiaLearning accounts for you to do scholarship, college and career research, and much more. Some of you might have similar accounts at your high schools (e.g. Naviance), but since our programs don’t have access to those accounts, we ask that you utilize MaiaLearning at least a few times each year. Please do the following tasks by January 30th.

  1. Log into your MaiaLearning account. Go to maialearning.com.

  • Email: Your email will be the email we have on file for Peak Ed and/or Elevated.

  • Password:

  • If you’re in Peak Ed, your initial password is “peakeducation.”

  • If you’re in Elevated, your initial password is “sachselevated.”

  • If you’re in both programs, your initial password is “peakeducation.”

  • You can change your password once you log in by clicking on your profile and updating the information.

  • If you’ve logged into MaiaLearning before, then your password is what you created. You can click the “forgot” password icon to reset it if you’ve forgotten it.

  • Trouble Logging in? AFTER trying your email and password combination (and the password reset option if you’ve logged in before), complete this form and Ms. Rainey will reset and/or create a new account for you.


2. Once you log in, please do the following tasks:

  1. Review the dashboard of suggested activities and tasks that you should do in your grade level.

  2. Under “character,” please complete the interest profiler and add 3 careers to your career list.

  3. Under “portfolio,” click on experiences and start adding your involvements and activities (e.g. the Peak Ed and/or Elevated program, sports, household responsibilities, jobs, volunteering, internships and other clubs and activities). See the video below for details on how to do this and how to create a strong resume. Get into the habit of updating your resume at least once a semester.

  4. Check out this brief MaiaLearning video: The video will show you how to find and complete the tasks mentioned above + give you a tour of other resources and tools in MaiaLearning. Lastly, the video will provide quick tips on how to make a strong resume.


3. Update your student profile on MaiaLearning

  • The profile icon is in the upper right-hand corner in MaiaLearning. Please make sure you update your student contact info and add your student cell phone number. You can also change your password from the profile setting.

  • Watch this 2-minute video that shows you what to do!




Scholarships for 11th Grade:

  • Utilize Ms. Rainey. If you choose to complete any of these scholarships, please let Ms. Rainey know and allow her to review your scholarship essays. Share your essays AT LEAST one week before they’re due. Write your scholarship essays in a Google Doc and share the doc with Ms. Rainey at jasmine@peakedu.org.

  • How to write a scholarship essay: Before starting your essays, watch Ms. Rainey’s Scholarship Essay Writing Presentation HERE.

  • Pro Tip: Read the application requirements of each scholarship (e.g. essay, letters of rec, application, taxes, etc). Work on collecting or requesting items outside of your control first (e.g. letters of recommendation). Then focus on writing the essays. These items are usually the most difficult to do.

  • Letters of Recommendation: If an application requires letters of rec, complete a letter of recommendation request form (aka brag sheet). You can obtain one from your high school or you can use this one. Review the “values” of the scholarship organization and the criteria that they’re looking for (e.g. this scholarship values character, service and leadership). Make sure to ask your recommender(s) to emphasize the traits and values that the scholarship will consider. Provide them examples to use via your recommendation form or brag sheet.



Raise.Me

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Not applicable (ongoing)

Apply HERE.


Instructions: Add your activities, achievements and awards from 9th grade to present. Update this every year and by senior year, you should have multiple scholarship offers from various colleges. This tool is also a great way to discover new colleges and to begin researching them based on who is offering you money!




Coolidge Scholarship

Amount: Full Ride

Deadline: January 19th

Apply Here.


Eligibility Requirements: 11th grade student, citizen or legal permanent resident of U.S.

Criteria: This scholarship is extremely competitive. A distinguished academic record, students pursued and excelled in most rigorous courses available, uncommon academic depth and intellectual curiosity. Learn more HERE and read about past scholars HERE to learn what made them stand out!




Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 15th

Apply HERE.


Eligibility Requirements:


  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

  • Be a United States citizen




Cameron Impact Scholarship

Amount: Full Ride

Deadline: Typically two deadlines. The first deadline will be in May of your junior year; if you miss the first deadline, you have one more chance to apply by September of your senior year.


The new application isn’t available yet, but you can read more and learn how to prepare by clicking HERE. Students who have done a service project or a significant community service project (e.g. Peak Ed’s Impact Service Project) would be great candidates for this scholarship!


Eligibility Requirements: 11th grade student, citizen or legal permanent resident of U.S.

Criteria: This scholarship is extremely competitive. A distinguished academic record, students pursued and excelled in most rigorous courses available, uncommon academic depth and intellectual curiosity. Learn more HERE and read about past scholars HERE to learn what made them stand out!


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