W.T. Woodson College and Career Center Newsletter

5 October 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
October 05, 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

SAVE THE DATE – OPPORTUNITIES INFORMATION NIGHT – Wednesday, 17 October, 7 pm, Cavalier Hall.  

Discover how to find amazing opportunities offered to your student.  This is an information intensive evening that covers basic information sources every WTW parent should know – from web information you don’t realize exists to SIS to Blackboard to Naviance Student which is packed with more invaluable information and tools to help with both college and career discovery..

HOW I KNOW YOU WROTE YOUR KID’S COLLEGE ESSAY

Check out this interesting article that discusses the paradox of the overzealous editing of the college essay by many helicopter parents who don’t really know what is expected of a college essay.  Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/03/well/family/how-i-know-you-wrote-your-kids-college-essay.html.

FALLS CHURCH ACADEMY INFORMATION SESSION, Wednesday, 31 October, 8:30 – 11:30 am, Cafeteria, Falls Church Academy – A Governor’s Health Sciences Academy

Join Falls Church Academy for breakfast and hear from current students.  Participants will observe and experience hands-on learning and may be asked to volunteer for classroom experiences. To RSVP, contact Mr. Emarinn Oundee at Falls Church Academy at EAOundee@fcps.eduRSVP by 22 October to ensure a spot at the event.

MONEY MATTERS

FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION NIGHTS

Families who missed our WTW Paying for College Night can attend Financial Aid Information Nights at another location.  No registration is required.  Consider the following options:

  • Tuesday, 9 October, 6:30 pm – Herndon High School, Spanish translation available
  • Tuesday, 9 October, 7 pm – Langley HS Auditorium

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, ASAP.  Each student who will file a FAFSA needs an FSA ID, and at least one parent also needs an FSA ID.  The FSA ID requires the user’s social security number, birth date, functioning email, phone number, and a user-created password.  (Parent and student must have different emails and phone numbers.  Using a mobile number will allow text possibilities.)  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.

FAFSA GLITCHES

NSCAN is aware of the following issues since the FAFSA opened on 1 October.  Follow the corresponding recommendation to troubleshoot the issue:

FAFSA COMPLETION ASSISTANCE

College Access Fairfax will host a series of FREE seminars on completing the FAFSA (9 am), completing the CSS Profile (10:30 am) and Scholarship 101 (1 pm) at the following locations.  (More options are on the next page.).  Pre-registration at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org will help ensure enough supplies for everyone.

  • Saturday, 20 October – South Lakes High School – includes one-on-one completion clinic from 10 am – 2 pm AND both Spanish and Korean translation is available.
  • Saturday, 17 November – Edison High School– includes one-on-one completion clinic from 10 am – 2 pm.

ADDITIONAL FAFSA COMPLETION CLINICS will be held on the following dates.  Pre-registration at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org will help ensure enough supplies for everyone:

  • 13 October, 9 am – Noon -  Justice High School
  • 3 November, 9 am – Noon - Mount Vernon High School
  • 8 November, 5 – 7 pm – Hayfield Secondary School
  • 10 November, 9 am – Noon - Centreville High School; Spanish and Korean translation available
  • 17 November, 10 am – 2 pm - Edison High School; Spanish and Korean translation available
  • 6 December, 6 – 8 pm – South County High School
  • 8 December, 9 am – Noon – Annandale High School

NEED TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA (BRING TO A CLINIC)

Gather the following so you will have all the information needed before you start the FAFSA.  If attending a FAFSA completion clinic, please bring the following.

  • Social security number – required for student.  For parent too if have one
    • NOTE:  Must enter name exactly as on social security card and be exact when entering the number
  • Date of Birth (both parent and student
  • Date of marriage of parents
  • Date moved to Virginia
  • W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • Current statements for checking, savings, and other asset accounts
  • Investment records, including 529 or other prepaid college plans
  • Alien registration card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Military Families bring LES for any month in 2017
  • Driver’s license if you have one
  • FSA ID if you have one. 

FAFSA LINE-BY-LINE SEMINARS will be held on the following dates:

  • 7 November, 7 - 8:30 pm -  Woodson High School
  • 27 November, 6 - 8 pm - West Springfield High School

DON’T FORGET

2018 FCPS COLLEGE FAIR

     Sunday, 14 October 2018      7:30 - 9:30 pm      Fair Oaks Mall

Discover which colleges are coming and register to get a bar code at  https://www.fcps.edu/node/31960.  (Ask a college to scan your bar code and you will be easily added to their mailing list.)

2018 FCPS COLLEGE NIGHT

     Monday, 15 October 2018      7:00 - 9:00 pm      Hayfield Secondary School

Enjoy a college fair and choose from a variety of great workshops.  Discover what workshops are scheduled, which colleges are coming, and register to get a bar code at  https://www.fcps.edu/node/31960.  (Ask a college to scan your bar code and you will be easily added to their mailing list.)

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 LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

11 October, 6:30 pm, West Potomac High School Auditorium, 6500 Quander Rd, Alexandria, VA – Learn about the college admissions process, essay writing, recommendations, scholarships and financial aid, academic programs, extracurricular activities, and campus life.  NOTE:  The University of Chicago will visit WTW students on Tuesday, 16 October.

EMERSON COLLEGE

16 October, 7-9 pm, VisArts 155 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD – Learn about Emerson college and their admissions process.  Light refreshments will be available.  Register at https://admissions.emerson.edu/register/?id=92cd89b9-8298-427a-9a94-ef57bcefaa87. NOTE: Emerson College will visit WTW students on Monday, 15 October.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

BUSINESS EXPLORATIONS: A CONFERENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

20 October 10 am – 3:30 pm, Falls Church, VA – This is a FREE program for diverse business-focused high school students to explore the various fields of study within business. High school students will interact with Virginia Tech Business administrators, as they learn about the vast array of careers that are available to business graduates and develop key leadership, communication, and team work skills to help lead to their continued success.  To begin the registration process, visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0eywyEmUE8oy6Wx to complete a short survey.  This registration serves as Part 1 of your application to attend the Spring 2019 Business Explorations Conference on Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg next semester. Please submit your best answers and complete all questions, as incomplete registrations will not be reviewed for the on-campus event.  The survey must be completed by 12 October to attend the program.  If you have additional questions, contact Emily McCorkle at PCOBRecruiting@vt.edu or 540.231.3379.

DESIGN+MAKE: THE ART OF THE SPOON

8 October, 9 am – 4 pm, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, 110 Bayly Drive, Charlottesville, VA – This is a unique and fun opportunity for high school students to try out the design and prototyping process first-hand.  No previous design, software, or fabrication skills are necessary.  Students will be assigned a “character” to translate into a design iteration of a spoon and will receive safety training for digital and hand-crafting processes.  Visit https://www.arch.virginia.edu/events/design-and-make-the-art-of-the-spoon-october-8.  Limited space is available.  Register ASAP!

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ARCHITECT?

13 October, 10 am – Noon, Studio 27 Architecture, 1600 K Street NW, Washington DC 20006 – Through interactive design exercises and a tour of Studio 27 Architecture, students will learn about all scales of the built environment including its history, planning, and design from University of Virginia School of Architecture Alumni.  Students will also learn about the basics of the application process and portfolio preparation for an undergraduate architecture program application as well as career trajectories following graduation from an undergraduate program.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.arch.virginia.edu/events/so-you-want-to-be-an-architect-dc.

NEW INTERNSHIP

VIRGINIA TIRE & AUTO PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Saturday, 3 November – Tuesday, 18 December.  Virginia Tire & Auto is accepting applications for paid internships from Juniors and Seniors enrolled in an automotive repair program.  The internship is designed to help interns learn about the auto repair business, from inspecting and repairing vehicles to customer relations, ordering parts, and managing workflow.  Interns will work on a wide range of vehicles spending time in the service department and at the sales counter.  Interns will work 5 – 15 hours per week.  Applicants must pass a drug test and wear proper safety equipment (black slip resistant shoes and provided safety glasses).  Holding a valid driver’s license is strongly encouraged.  An interview will be required.  Get more information and apply online at https://recruiting.ultipro.com/MSS1000/JobBoard/35aa80dc-fc8f-7d72-3c70-f696e78d1360/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=3dec1b70-9e89-40dd-a80b-d3c2fd01dc2d  Completed applications are due 19 October.

WORKSHOPS

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS COFFEE & CONVERSATION

11 October, 10 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1 – Room 100, 2334 Gallows Rd, Dunn Loring, VA – Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn important post-secondary options for students with disabilities.  Highlights include disclosure, accessing accommodations, and disability support services.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

BESTCARSEATHUB.COM CAR SEAT RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Bestcarseatup.com will award three scholarships of $3,500, $2,000, and $800 to Seniors or college students who will shape and change the face of the infant care industry within the next decade.  Eligibility requirements include plans to attend an accredited post-secondary institution and a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Completed applications must include a transcript, recommendation, completed application, and a 2,500 - 3,500 word essay OR 5 - 10 minute video addressing one of three questions: (1) What is an innovative tool parents today need (e.g. car seat stroller, travel car seat, carrier) that they may not have needed in the past? (2) Should Uber drivers be required to have a car seat if they transport children or should it be up to the parents?  (3) What special equipment do parents need for children who have special needs – and what can we do to make their lives easier?  CAUTION: Your submission becomes the property of BestCarSeatHUB and may be used in their website, blog, social media accounts or elsewhere.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://bestcarseathub.com/scholarship-program-2018. Applications are due by 28 December.

BULL RUN CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE (BRCWRT)

The Bull Run Civil Round Table will award $2,000 to a Senior with an interest in American history.  Applicants must attend a public or private high school in Fairfax or Prince William counties, and plan to attend a post-secondary institution.  Completed applications must include a transcript, recommendation, selfie (minimum 3”x4”) of applicant standing in front of a historical marker at a Civil War historical site in Fairfax or Prince William counties, an original paper about the importance of the site in the Civil War (3-5 pages, 750 words minimum, bibliography and in-text citations of at least four sources, at least one of which must be primary), completed application, and short answers responding to four questions: (1) List all in-school and out-of-school extracurricular activities in which you have participated in your high school years.  Don’t forget those that are related to the study or preservation of history. (2) In which subject do you plan to major while in college?  (3) Identify awards, recognition or offices held in your high school years.  Include those from outside of school as well as those from your school.  (4) Explain briefly how you plan to use your love of American History in your career and/or leisure life.  Finalists will be notified after 1 April 2019 that they have been selected for an interview.  The winner and parents will be guests at dinner and the BRCWRT general meeting on 13 June 2019.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.bullruncwrt.org/scholarship/index.html. Applications must be submitted by 1 April 2019.

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 renewable scholarships of $4,000($1000/year,480 awards), $20,000 ($5,000/year, 14 awards), $30,000 ($7,500/year, 2 awards), $40,000 ($10,000/year, 2 awards), and $50,000 ($12,500/year, 2 awards) to the highest-rated Seniors in the 2019 competition.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who plan to study at an accredited 4-year college or university (2/2 programs are acceptable) and who have taken the ACT or SAT prior to 27 October 2018.  An extensive online application includes academics, detailed resume with volunteer hours September 2015-present, a counselor section, and essay discussing: Using one of the leadership roles or extracurricular activities you prioritized as being important to you, describe what impact the experience had on you, what you contributed, what you learned about yourself, and how it has influenced your plans for the future.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, community involvement, and financial need.  Candidates advancing to the state level will be required to upload transcripts, ACT/SAT scores (latest test date 10/27), and their SAR from their FAFSA filing.  Candidates advancing to the national level submit an essay and a recommendation. The top 20 finalists attend an all-expense paid Leadership Weekend held in Chicago from 11 – 14 April 2019, when they interview and receive their awards.  Registration is required to access all application details.  Applications can be found at https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfmCompleted application packets are due online 15 November.

FOOT LOCKER SCHOLAR ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP

Foot Locker will award 20 Senior athletes entering college in the fall of 2019 as freshmen in four-year undergraduate degree programs $20,000, and one of the twenty will receive an extra $5,000 (scholarships will be awarded in four equal annual payments).  Applicants must be involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports; have an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA; and have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.  Foot Locker seeks someone who embodies good sportsmanship and strong moral character, is passionate and committed to empowering his/her community, is a confident and enthusiastic leader on and off the field, and displays academic excellence and diversity.  Key attributes sought include: proactive and highly motivated, inspiring and charismatic, honest and trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous.  Applicants will answer two essay questions in 300 – 500 words: (1) Sports teach important lessons in leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship.  How have you embodied these qualities on your team and in your community?  (Your community could include: your volunteer experiences, any leadership roles at your school or youth groups, and/or any other projects or efforts you think we should really know about!).  (2) Describe a defining moment in your life that has helped to shape your dreams and plans for the future.  (Be sure to describe your academic/career goals and any challenges you’ve faced or are currently facing and how they have shaped your aspiration).  Completed applications must also include one recommendation though two are strongly encouraged.  Finalists will be interviewed via video chat.  For details and more information visit Naviance Student or https://footlockerscholarathletes.com.  Applicants must register to get all of the details.  Applications are due no later than 5 pm on 14 December.

IRON TRIDENT CONCRETE SCHOLARSHIP

Iron Trident Concrete will award $500 to a Senior or college student in the construction, engineering, landscaping, or design fields.  Applicants must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Canada, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and plan to attend a college or university in the U.S. or Canada.  Completed applications must include a transcript and an essay of 1,000 – 1,200 words on The Future of Concrete: Discuss possible changes in production techniques, applications, construction strategies or any other subject(s) you feel are relevant to the main topic.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://irontridentconcrete.ca/scholarship. Applications are due by 30 June 2019.

STRATOS JET CHARTERS SCHOLARSHIP

Stratos Jet Charters will award $2,000 to a Senior or college student with a 3.0 or better GPA who is on track to enter the aviation industry.  Awards will be based on an original well-researched essay of 1,200 to 1,500 words addressing the implications of the pilot shortage cited in this prompt: An unprecedented worldwide shortage of pilots is expected to take shape over the next 20 years.  Reports state that in order to meet surging demand in the aviation industry, more than 80 pilots will need to be deemed flight-ready on a daily basis during the years to come.  Applicants must also submit a transcript and proof of enrollment.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.stratosjets.com/why-stratos/scholarship-awardApplications are due by 1 May 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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Employment Opportunities

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Visit Family Connection for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Go to the “colleges” tab; scroll down to 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.