W.T. Woodson College and Career Center Newsletter

28 September 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 28, 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

SENIORS - GET YOUR FSA ID!!

The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), required for many merit scholarships and for financial aid, requires a signature.  The online signature is called an FSA ID.  It can take 3 – 5 days to get an FSA ID.  Families are encouraged to get their FSA ID now – before the FAFSA opens on 1 October.  Each student who will file a FAFSA needs an FSA ID, and at least one of his/her parents also needs an FSA ID.  The FSA ID requires the user’s social security number, birth date, functioning email, and a user-created password.  Use your name as it appears on your social security card and be completely accurate with all entries to avoid trouble later.  Users need to write their password as they won’t use it often, keep the password in a very safe place, and keep it very confidential.  It is important to know FAFSA emails will come to the student.  Visit https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm to get your FSA ID.

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION NIGHTS

Families who missed our WTW Paying for College Night can attend Financial Aid Information Nights at another location.  Senior families need the information, and many Junior families are ready for exposure.  Consider the following options:

  • Wednesday, 3 October, 7 pm – Centreville High School
  • Wednesday, 3 October, 7 pm – Robinson High School, Russell Theatre
  • Wednesday, 3 October, 6:30 pm – South Lakes High School Auditorium
  • Tuesday, 9 October, 6:30 pm – Herndon High School, Spanish translation available

INTERVIEW SKILLS

High school students may be faced with an interview for a job, a college, or a scholarship.  See how many mistakes you can find in the interview posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo0KjdDJr1c.  Parents will find this highly amusing.  Students will want to be sure they don’t make the same mistakes.

“MOVING ON TO LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY – A RESOURCE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES” 

 Wednesday, 17 October, 6:30-8:45 pm, Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Entrance 14 or 15, Burke – This is a free resource fair for students and their parents to learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options.  It is intended for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.  Registration for participants and adult service providers is from 6:30-6:45 pm, an overview presentation (Little Theater) is from 6:45-7:15 pm, and the fair/exhibits (Cafeteria) are from 7:15-8:45 pm.

DON’T FORGET

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Fairfax County Government and FCPS collaborate on The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program which prepares today’s high school Juniors to become tomorrow’s community leaders.  The Program offers: a three-week summer internship in a Fairfax County Government agency or office; an exciting opportunity to work with community leaders; leadership training and recognition; and, an opportunity to work with student leaders from every Fairfax County High School. Interns earn $1,000.  For more information including a brochure, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership.  Students may also get a brochure in the Career Center.  For questions, contact DMBYLP@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Applications can be found and submitted on line at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp.  Applications are due 6 November

FCPS SCHOOL BOARD STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The FCPS School Board is accepting applications for the Student Leadership Development Program.  This program is open to any high school Sophomore or Junior in good academic standing interested in a future in law, government, or public policy.  Twelve students will be selected to work closely with the School Board and will be given the opportunity to work on advisory committees and even to seek election as the student representative on the School Board.  Student leaders will participate in a Group Orientation (December 2018), a School Board forum work session (January 2019), a Mock Forum (March 2019), a Mock Work Session (April 2019), and a Program Completion Ceremony (May 2019).  Applications are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31703Students should submit the brief application and one-page statement of interest to their principal by 15 October.  Principals will then forward their nominees to the School Board.

MOCK SAT/ACT IS BACK

Saturday, 20 October 8:00 – 11:30 am, Woodson Cafeterias A & B – The W.T. Woodson PTSO and Mindworks Educational Services are providing this opportunity to practice ACT/SAT testing in a realistic test environment.  Great experience for students and a fundraising opportunity for the PTSO.  Cost is $15 when paid by 5 pm on Thursday, October 18th or $20 at the door on the day of testing.  Prepayment/registration is accepted online at https://squareup.com/store/wtwptso/.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

MEDICAL FUTURES PROGRAM

Monday, 5 November 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Inova Center for Personalized Health, 3225 Gallows Road, Fairfax, VA 22031.  The VCU School of Medicine INOVA Campus offers their Medical Futures Program to students in grades 9 - 11.  This program is designed to help pre-med high school students understand the application process for medical school and what they can do in high school and college to prepare for it.  Speakers include Admissions Committee faculty from VCU and UVA, Inova Campus faculty, and a medical student panel.  Students may be dropped off to attend this program; however, if a parent attends with the student, he/she will view the presentation in a separate reception room via a simulcast.  There is a $15 - $20 charge for tickets.  (student/parent)  Tickets go on sale at 8:00 am on Monday, 1 October.  Do not wait to get your ticket.  They sell out very quickly.  Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medical-futures-program-grades-9-11-tickets-50274002896 to get your ticket(s).

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY AT THE 43rd COLLEGE FAIR AND COLLEGE NIGHT EVENTS –

Students in 7th through 12th grade can earn 3 service hours by supporting the FCPS College Fair or College Night.  Last year students helped with passing out event programs, greeting fair attendees, distributing water to college representatives, and by providing general directions to fair attendees.  This opportunity combines service and learning, as student volunteers also have the chance to see the many post secondary options available to them as they begin to think about their future.  Students can earn 3 hours for each event.  Sign up through x2VOL (preferred) or through the Google Form found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3QKHi7tjm2xz1Jfz_ByH9RoA4dMpcSURwMQlnQP6GNQ5ynw/viewform.  Contact Sabrina Boyd, College and Career Project Liaison, at shboyd@fcps.edu or 571-423-4429 if you have any questions. Thank you! 

VIRGINIA STINGRAYS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL FALL CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

29-30 September, Wakefield Park, Annandale, VA – Virginia Stingrays Fastpitch Softball is seeking high school volunteers for their Fall Classic Tournament this weekend.  Help is needed from 9 am – 8 pm Saturday and 9 am – 6 pm Sunday.  Students may sign up for any blocks of time that they are available.  Volunteers will assist in running concessions, lining and raking infields between games, and a few other tasks as needed.  Volunteers can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4da9a72ba31-high8.  If you are unable to stay for the full block of time, you may sign up and add a note in the comments.  For questions, contact Lizzie Quayle at vequayle@gmail.com or Liz Martin at liz.martin71@gmail.com.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

PUBLIC SAFETY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN FAIRFAX COUNTY

20 October, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 12000 Government Center Parkway Fairfax, VA 22035.  Public safety agencies in Fairfax County offer this opportunity to discover training and employment opportunities.  Attend to see what is offered by the police department, sheriff’s department, 911 communications, and the fire and rescue department. 

FAIRFAX COUNTY FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT FIREFIGHTER/EMT IS RECRUITING

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department trains the Firefighter/EMT to provide a full complement of fire suppression, technical rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services.  Applicants must be 18 years old.  Applications are only accepted online through NeoGov on the Fairfax County website.  A NeoGov account is required.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  The selection process consists of six phases: the document review session, the candidate physical abilities test, the written exam, the polygraph evaluation, the medical examination, and the psychological profile.  Visit the Public Safety Career Opportunities Within Fairfax County to discuss opportunities or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/recruitment.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

THE HARRY F. BYRD, JR. LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award Committee is offering a $15,000 scholarship to a high school Senior from each Virginia congressional district.  W.T. Woodson is allowed to nominate one student.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate excellence of character, qualities of leadership, devotion to duty, and academic accomplishment. While academic excellence is a consideration, the selection of award recipients emphasizes the importance of leadership and public service. Therefore, most recipients are leaders who go above and beyond their peers to improve themselves and to make a difference in the lives of others. Most recipients engage in endeavors that demonstrate their independence, initiative, courage, personal discipline, strong work ethic, commitment to community service, leadership qualities, ability to confront challenges, and pursuit of academic excellence.  Completed pre-applications require an activities list, well-considered answers to several questions, and a transcript release form. If selected, your principal or whoever has been appointed by your principal (probably your counselor) will write a recommendation which will accompany your application.  Finalists will be interviewed.  Download pre-application materials from the Naviance Student scholarship list.  Enter Blackboard, click Naviance, click the Colleges dropdown, click Scholarships and Money, click Scholarship List, find and open the scholarship listing, and click “download” on the opened scholarship page.  Learn more about the scholarship at https://byrdleadershipaward.org/index.html.  Pre-applications MUST be submitted to the Career Center by 3 pm on Monday, 22 October.  NOTE: Although this is a highly competitive process and WTW can only make a single nomination, the work done for this application can prepare you well for other applications.

THE JEFFERSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is offering stipends covering the full cost of attending the University of Virginia. The criteria for selection are excellence in leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and a school nomination. Be sure you are considered for nomination by submitting a pre-application. To qualify, you must be a high school Senior, have agreed NOT to apply under a binding early decision to any college or university, and must meet the requirements for admission to UVA. Leadership and personal essays are required. Interviews will be held Thursday, 8 November.  Download pre-application materials from the Naviance Student scholarship list.  Enter Blackboard, click Naviance, click the Colleges dropdown, click Scholarships and Money, click Scholarship List, find and open the scholarship listing, and click “download” on the opened scholarship page.  Learn more about the program at www.jeffersonscholars.orgAll completed materials must be submitted to the Career Center no later than 3 pm on Monday, 5 November.  This is a teacher workday.  If you can’t submit on Monday, 5 November, submit the week before!  NOTE: Although this is a highly competitive process and WTW can only make a single nomination, the work done for this application can prepare you well for other applications.

KENNETH R. SCOTT SCHOLARSHIP (VAOC)

The Virginia Airport Operators Council awards $3,000 to a Virginia high school Senior planning a career in aviation in honor of Kenneth R. Scott.  Candidates must be enrolled or accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college and have an unweighted 3.5 or better GPA.  Applications will be evaluated based on scholarship/GPA (35%), essay (30%), accomplishments/leadership (20%), and demonstrated financial need (15%).  Completed applications must include the application with counselor certifications, official high school transcript, copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment or acceptance, 1 - 3 recommendation letters, and a resume showing school-related and extracurricular activities demonstrating accomplishments and leadership capabilities, and an essay of 350-500 words discussing: Why I Wish to Pursue a Career in Aviation.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or www.doav.virginia.gov/Downloads/Aviation_Education/2019/2019%20Kenneth%20R.%20Scott.pdfApplications must be received by 9 March, 2019.

JOHN R. LILLARD SCHOLARSHIP (VAOC)

The Virginia Airport Operators Council awards $3,000 to a Virginia high school Senior planning a career in aviation in honor of John R. Lillard.  Candidates must be enrolled or accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college and have an unweighted 3.5 or better GPA.  Applications will be evaluated based on scholarship/GPA (35%), essay (30%), accomplishments/leadership (20%), and demonstrated financial need (15%).  Completed applications must include the application with counselor certifications, official high school transcript, copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment or acceptance, 1 - 3 recommendations, and a resume showing school-related and extracurricular activities demonstrating accomplishments and leadership capabilities, and an essay of 350-500 words discussing: Why I Wish to Pursue a Career in Aviation.  Visit www.doav.virginia.gov/Downloads/Aviation_Education/2019/2019%20Lillard.pdf or Naviance Student for more information.  Applications must be received by 9 March, 2019.

WILLARD G. PLENTL AVIATION SCHOLARSHIP (VDA)

The Virginia Department of Aviation will award $1,000 to a Virginia high school Senior planning an aviation career in a non-engineering area (e.g. pilots, maintenance technicians, aviation managers) in honor of Willard G. Plentl.  Candidates must be enrolled or accepted into a non-engineering aviation-related program at an accredited college and have an unweighted 3.5 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include counselor certifications, an official high school transcript, a copy of acceptance letters or other verification of enrollment or acceptance, 1 - 3 recommendations, a resume showing school-related and extracurricular activities demonstrating accomplishments and leadership capabilities, and an essay of 350-500 words discussing: Why I Wish to Pursue a Career in Aviation.  A statement of financial need describing why you need this scholarship, is also required.  CAUTION: This application requires a Commonwealth W-9 form (SSN).  Visit www.doav.virginia.gov/Downloads/Aviation_Education/2019/2019%20Plentl%20application.pdf or Naviance Student for more information.  Applications must be received by 18 March, 2019.

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/node/3687

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

Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Naviance Student for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Click on the Colleges dropdown; Click Research Colleges; Click Enrichment Programs.

 

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Visit Naviance Student for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Click on the Colleges dropdown; Click Research Colleges; Click Enrichment Programs.

Internship and 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/node/3691.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3690.

Workshops

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

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