W.T. Woodson College and Career Center Newsletter

14 September 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 14, 2018

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CREDIT EXAM FOR WORLD LANGUAGES 2018

FCPS offers this exam is to assess students’ native language proficiency and enable them to earn 1 or 2 credits toward fulfilling the world languages requirement for the Advanced Studies Diploma.  Twenty-nine languages will be offered for the 2018-2019 exam.  You must see your school counselor to register, and registration closes very firmly at 4 pm on 10 October 2018.  Credit exam dates, times, and testing sites include:

  • November 6 – West Potomac High School Cafeteria, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria - 4:00 pm-7:45 pm
  • November 7 – Centreville High School Cafeteria, 6001 Union Mill, Clifton – 4:00 pm-7:45 pm
  • November 8 – Falls Church High School Cafeteria, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church – 4:00-7:45 pm

For more information including what you need to bring to the exam, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

(Paying for College) – Wednesday, 26 September, 7 pm in the Auditorium.  Learn about paying for college from a professional – what is required and how information you provide is interpreted.  Unless you are genuinely happy to write huge checks to colleges, you will want to attend this informative evening.  Be prepared and informed!!  (Spanish translation available.)

NEW SPECIAL PROGRAMS

NATIONAL SECURITY LANGUAGE INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH (NSLY-I)

NSLY-I is a U.S. government sponsored program that aims to provide American youth with the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad.  NSLY-I programs provide language immersion programs at locations around the world.  Scholarships are available for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  If conditions allow, China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, and Turkey are expected to host NSLI-Y programs in 2019.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org/.  The application deadline is 30 October, 4:00 pm EST.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP GREATER WASHINGTON (YLGW)

January – May 2019, Washington, DC – YLGW is a five-month interactive youth leadership program for high school Sophomores and Juniors from Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Youth leaders will have the opportunity to learn from each other as well as important area decision-makers on the topics of diversity, health, social action, and leadership.  The program meets on one Friday per month from January to May at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery.  The application requires a $35 application fee as well as consent from a parent/guardian and your school administrator that you will be absent from school on YLGW Fridays.  Visit http://lgwdc.org/programs/youth-leadership-greater-washington for more information and to apply.  Applications are due by 19 October.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA DIVERSITY PROGRAMS

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

KEEN GREATER DC –  Keen Greater DC is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community, enjoy working with children, and are at least 15 years old.  KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun led by volunteer coaches.  Volunteer programs include:

  • KEEN Zumba, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Bowling, Bowl America in Falls Church, First and Third Saturday of the month, 12:30-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Vienna, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:45-4:30 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am-1:15 pm
  • KEEN Music in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am -1:15 pm

For more information, visit www.keengreaterdc.org.  For questions, email Sophia at keengrdc.sophia@gmail.com.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

PAPA JOHN’S HIRING

9929 Main St, Fairfax, VA  22031.  The Fairfax/GMU Papa John’s Pizza is new team members.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old.  Positions offer paid training, flexible scheduling including nights and weekends.  Contact Lisa at 703.352.0700.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND (APIASF)

APIASF funds scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to Seniors and college students who are U.S. Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents or from Marshall I, F.S. of Micronesia or Republic of Pulau.  Applicants must be planning undergraduate study and there is a special focus on those who: live at or below the poverty level (or are of low socioeconomic status), are the first in their families to attend college, represent the APIA community’s diversity (especially underrepresented in college), and have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.  Requirements include status as a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident, minimum GPA of 2.7, and submission of FAFSA.  Three essays of up to 500 words each require that the applicant: (1) Describe your short-term and long-term personal and education/career goals and what has helped to shape your goals. What specific steps will you take to reach your personal/education/career goals?  (2) Describe how you plan to give back to your community and help fulfill the needs of your community after you've completed your education. How would your plan impact not only your immediate community, but also a broader one?  (3) Describe any challenges you have faced personally, financially or academically that you have had to overcome. How have you dealt with the challenges you have faced? How have these barriers or your success in overcoming challenges affected your goals and personal character? If you do not have any extracurricular/community service involvement, you may use this space to tell us why.  Application requires a letter of recommendation. More details can be found at Naviance Student or www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html Completed applications must be submitted by 5 pm on 10 January 2019.

NATIONAL SECURITY LANGUAGE INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. State Department awards merit-based scholarships to High School students to study language abroad in an immersion experience during summer and academic-year language programs at locations where the 8 NSLI-Y languages are spoken: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish.  To be eligible, applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, U.S. citizenship, and 15 – 18 years of age with a birthdate between 10 July 2000 and 10 June 2004 for the 6- to 8-week summer programs or between 30 August 2000 and 30 June 2004 for the 8- to 10-month academic year programs.  Previous language study is not required.  Awards are based on the applicant’s enthusiasm for learning, strong sense of character, and will to succeed, as well as motivation for language learning, demonstrated cultural awareness, and ability to adapt to a new environment; maturity and readiness for a challenging academic and international experience are very important factors.  A completed application includes an official transcript (special requirements for 9th graders), teacher recommendation, parent statement, letter to prospective host family, essays, eligibility certification, list of international and language experience, activities, hobbies, work, internships, and awards, plus information relevant to placement (not considered prior to award), including allergies, religion, diet, disabilities, and health conditions.  Photographs are optional.  Semifinalists will be asked to interview, including questions related to interests in and goals related to language study in an immersion environment, to apply for a passport, and to submit a medical evaluation.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or http://nsliforyouth.org. Completed applications must be submitted by 4 pm 30 October, with recommendations and parent statements due by 4 pm 6 November.

NCWIT ASPIRATIONS IN COMPUTING

The National Center for Women & Information Technology honors women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology.  This is a multi-tiered award structure, and awards include, recognition at a Regional Affiliate Award event, an engraved award, scholarship and internship opportunities, and various prizes, such as computing resources, gadgets, swag and more.  National Award winners receive cash and a trip to the National Award Celebration in March 2019.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and a minimum age of 13.  Completed applications must include essays on accomplishments and aspirations in computer science, parent approval documents, and educator endorsement (recommendation).  National award winners must provide a notarized travel waiver and tax ID information.  CAUTION: participation transfers to NCWIT full ownership rights to any content created, including application and ideas, for any business purpose or publicity. Applicants are required to register online in order to access full details.  Links can be found in Naviance Student and at https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school. Completed applications are due by 8 pm on 5 November.

PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY AWARDS

Prudential sponsors state ($1,000) and national ($5,000) level scholarships to honor youth volunteers in grades 5-12 making a meaningful difference in their communities through volunteer work that occurred during the 12 months prior to the application date.  Applicants must be legal residents of any state in the U.S. or D.C.  Complete application details and requirements require applicant registration.  Applicants must be certified by a school principal or the head of a county 4H organization, Girl Scout Council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or Affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.  Important details can be found at Naviance Student or https://spirit.prudential.com/.  Completed applications must be submitted by 6 November.

RAISEME MICRO-SCHOLARSHIPS

RaiseMe rewards qualified high school students planning to enroll in partnered 4-year colleges or to enroll in and transfer from a community college to a partnered 4-year college/university.  Colleges participating in RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships (over 250) reward pre-determined high school achievements with small scholarships for things like grades and extra-curricular activity participation.  The small scholarships accrue until the student matriculates to the college at which time the total is awarded to reduce the cost of attendance.  The process starts when applicants match themselves with appropriate participating colleges and choose to “Follow” those matching colleges.  They then create a profile with RaiseMe that demonstrates their achievements starting in 9th grade.  Each college determines what accomplishments will be rewarded as well as the value of the award.  When a student chooses to attend a college he/she has been “Following,” the total of award values is granted as a minimum scholarship.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.raise.me/about to learn all details and to register.  Applicants must register online to discover all details.  Read everything carefully.  Each college sets its own deadline so that deadlines vary, and can be as early as 1 August or as late as 1 April.

SIXT SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Sixt Rent-a-Car offers up to five $5,000 scholarships to Seniors in the U.S. with a minimum 3.7 GPA for full-time accredited undergraduate study (2- or 4-year program).  Applications will be judged on financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, and unusual personal or family circumstances. Application requirements include a transcript, an appraisal form (recommendation), and a copy of the first two pages of the most recently filed IRS form 1040.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://www.sixt.com/sixt-scholars/.  Applicants are required to register online to access full details.  ONLY the first 500 submitted applications will be accepted! Completed applications are due by 30 November, or before 500 applications are received.

COMPILATIONS

Discover a full listing that includes previous entries for each important category below.

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-and-career-fairs.

COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar

          LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

          https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Employment Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2247.

INTERNSHIP & APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Internships and Apprenticeships at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/work-and-careers/internships-apprenticeships-listing.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Find an easy-to-read listing of scholarships below the important scholarship information at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/scholarships/school-independent-scholarships-contests.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/special-opportunities.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/volunteering.

WORKSHOPS

Find a listing of Workshop Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2408.