Hoping to score a scholarship? Here's how to spend your summer!


Relax, recharge and have some fun, but be sure to squeeze in these four tasks before summer ends! You’ll have less stress when you’re balancing homework, applying to college, and searching for scholarships this fall.


1. Register for the SAT and/or the ACT.

Many scholarships, including our College Scholarship Program, require these scores for eligibility. It may take five to seven weeks for your scores to be available online, so be sure to register for a test date well ahead of the scholarship deadlines.

October 1, 2016 is the final upcoming SAT test date to qualify for our application. Register through the College Board before September 1, 2016 (you can register late until September 20, 2016 but there may be additional fees).

The final upcoming ACT date for our application deadline is September 10, 2016. Late registration for this test date is open until August 19, 2016.

If you would like to apply for a fee waiver, both the SAT and the ACT require you to request one from your school counselor.


2. Find an activity that lets you explore your interests.

If you haven’t been able to find a part-tme job or internship to build your skills and knowledge, there’s still time to pursue independent study, perform your own research project, or take an online course through edX or Coursera.

You’ll learn more about a subject you might want to major in, and you’ll have new insight to share when you write essays for colleges and scholarships.


3. Reflect and reach out to mentors.

Do you know who you would ask to write a recommendation for your application? Make a list of teachers and mentors from junior year who can write strongly about your talents and achievements. Even if you didn’t receive the highest grade in the class, perhaps you really stretched yourself or saw things from a new perspective.

Send them a thank you note and describe what made learning from them so memorable. Staying in touch will show teachers that you’re serious about your success. And when it’s time to request a recommendation, you’ll have more of a relationship


4. Sign up to receive an email alert when our scholarship opens!

Each year, we award talented students with financial need with up to $40,000 per year for tuition and other living expenses. Cooke Scholars also have opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate school funding, and joining a community of scholars. Click the button below to receive an email when the scholarship application opens in late September.


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