September 30th: College & Career Readiness Month + FAFSA!

Hi Seniors,

October is almost here! October is college and career readiness month. So, plan on applying to colleges, FAFSA and major scholarships like the Daniels Fund! For this super busy month, paying attention to deadlines and managing your time effectively is key! As always, let me know if you need assistance. I'm here to make this process, slightly less stressful!

-Ms. Rainey


Announcements & Reminders

  • FAFSA opens October 1st ! If you submitted any FAFSA prior to October 1st, then you did the incorrect FAFSA. Since you plan to start college in Fall 2022, you need to do the 2022-23 FAFSA which opens Oct. 1st!

  • Need Help completing your FAFSA? If your family has never completed FAFSA before, you can schedule an appointment with me or attend a workshop hosted by your school. Schedule your appointment with me HERE.

  • If you do FAFA on your own or at school workshop, please send me your FAFSA confirmation. After you submit FAFSA, you will be emailed a message with the subject line “FAFSA Confirmation Page Email.” Please forward this email to me at

  • Oberlin College and Conservatory Multicultural Program Fly-In Program. Do you want an all-expense paid fly-in program? Then consider applying to Oberlin’s Multicutultural Visit Program, which takes place 10/28-30 or 11/4-6. Oberlin has traditional academic programs, but it’s also known for its music programs. Watch a 90 second video overview about Oberlin HERE. The application is due October 12th. Learn more and apply HERE. Let me know if you do it.

  • Oberlin is also hosting a rep visit for Peak Ed/Elevated on 10/21. See the events section for more info!

  • Are you wondering if you should do an honors program in college? If so, read this article. Many honors programs have application deadlines this fall. Some programs offer additional scholarship money; so, weigh the pros and cons and consider applying to one.

  • Pro Tip: Honors programs should be considered by anyone, but high-income families might want to research honor’s programs since they can provide more merit-based aid. See more info in the college tips section!

  • SAT Exam Dates: Some scholarships REQUIRE you to submit your SAT scores (e.g. Daniels Fund). If you don’t currently have the scores they’re looking for, you’ll want to register for the SAT and take it one last time by November or December depending on the deadline of your scholarship and/or college app. Register for the November SAT by October 8th (late registration deadline = October 26th ). Speak with your counselor to see if you’re eligible for a SAT fee waiver). Register at

  • We want to celebrate and acknowledge you.

  • As you are accepted into college and/or receive scholarship awards, please report them HERE.

  • You can also forward your acceptance emails or send a screenshot of them to Ms. Rainey via email or text.


Upcoming Events & Save the Dates

Put reminders in your phones now!

Peak Ed/Elevated Events:
  • Saturday, October 9th@ 1pm. Financial Aid and Scholarship Essay Writing Presentation. Ms. Rainey is hosting this event in partnership with Educating Children of Color. This event will be on Zoom. More details will be sent next week!

  • Thursday, October 21s @ 5:30 pm. Oberlin College AND Boston University Rep Visit. Both of these colleges offer generous financial aid packages, especially for students who can demonstrate financial need. So, come learn more about these colleges and consider applying.

  • Where:

Other Events:


College & Scholarship Application Tips

Did you miss the tips mentioned in the last newsletter about fee waivers, paying for apps and more? If so, check them out HERE.

  1. Are you from a high-income family AND/OR are you interested in merit-based financial aid? Here are some tips for you!

  2. Show don’t Tell. As you write your essays for college and scholarship applications, remember to provide examples and details that illustrate your main points. For example, don’t tell me you’re “hard working,” prove it through a brief story or anecdote about you and through your examples. Learn more at the scholarship writing workshop with me on October 9th (see the events section for more info).

  3. Your college and scholarship activities list should highlight your skills! Use strong verbs to describe the work that you did in a certain extracurricular activity or community service event. As you start the Daniels Fund application and other major scholarship and college applications, this is extremely important to remember! Check out this resource for more info and examples. Also, set up an appointment with Ms. Rainey to review your applications before submitting them, especially for the major scholarships!

  4. Share your essays with Ms. Rainey for review BEFORE the deadline. Whether it’s college or scholarship essays, Ms. Rainey can help. Please share your drafts at least two weeks before the application is due.

  5. Before you start FAFSA or attend a FAFSA workshop/meeting, create your FSA ID! It will save you time! Click HERE for more info.


October Checklist

Don’t forget to use MaiaLearning to see what you should be working on each month and to mark items as “complete” so that I know what you’re working on. A few items that you should be completing include:

  • Apply to at least 3 colleges (safety school, target and a reach).

  • Write/edit your college essay or personal statement.

  • Complete FAFSA

  • Apply for scholarships

View the full senior checklist HERE.



  • Reminder: If you apply to the scholarships below, let Ms. Rainey know (Report them HERE).

  • If you need help with your essays or need someone to look over your application, reach out to Ms. Jasmine Rainey at


Dell Scholars

Deadline: December 1st (opens 10/1)

Amount: $20,000

Eligibility: You must have participated in a college-readiness program like AVID, Upward Bound, Gear UP or Uplift (see the full list of approved programs HERE). Must have at least a 2.4 GPA or higher, be Pell eligible (based on FAFSA), and plan to attend college.

How to Apply:


Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

Deadline: October 31st

Amount: $2,000

Eligible students must be at least 14 years of age or older, legal U.S. resident. In 250 words or less answer the prompt: "Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive."


Haz la U Educational Grant Program

Deadline: November 14th

Amount: $2,000-$15,000

Eligible students must be currently enrolled in high school; have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA; must enroll at an accredited higher education institution and be of Hispanic heritage (including Spain, Brazil, Philippines). Must also be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizens, or qualify under DACA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.


Daniels Fund

Deadline: November 15th @ 4pm MST (opens Oct. 1st)

Amount: $25,000

Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA, resident of Colorad, new Mexico, Utah or Wyoming, citizen or permanent resident, earn a minimum SAT score of 490 on Evidence-based reading and writing and on the math exam OR an 18 in each category of the ACT. Financial eligibility is $85,0000 or less (see website for more details on financial eligibility).


Greenhouse Scholars

Deadline: Nov. 5th. This scholarship has multiple parts. Part 1 is due Nov. 5th, but it’s easy; so do part 1 ASAP so that you can do part 2, which is due Nov. 19th.

Amount: $5,000 + mentor in college and professional networking, internships and more!

Eligibility: Senior with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher. Demonstrated financial need (no greater than $70k), possess leadership skill sand strong interest in community.

How to Apply:


Ron Brown Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9th

Amount: $40,000

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Black/African American and current high school seniors at the time of their application. Applicants should demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit leadership ability, participate in community service activities and have a demonstrated financial need. The application requires that students fill out a paper application, as well as mail (in one packet) a list of their extracurricular community, employment or other activities, awards or honors, two 500 word essays, two letters of recommendation, and an official transcript. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their application materials, interviews and participation in Selection Weekend activities. (you’ll need to mail in an application and postmark it by 1/9).

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