W.T. Woodson College and Career Center Newsletter

7 September 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 07, 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.



(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.)


myStudentAid PHONE APP

Students and parents may now download the myStudentAid app from Federal Student Aid from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.  The mobile app is in the initial beta phase with additional features to be released this fall (target completion by December 2018).  Currently, the myStudentAid mobile app will provide the following functionality:

  • Access Studentaid.gov – Federal Student Aid’s signature source of information on student financial aid products, processes and services
  • A secure channel with the same data protections as completing the FAFSA from through fafsa.gov
  • Complete the FAFSA safely and securely from your mobile device
  • The ability to begin, complete, and submit a new FAFSA form for the 2018-19 FAFSA processing cycle
  • A customized experience based on whether one is a student, parent, or preparer
  • Provide both guidance and assistance on how to answer the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more positive, engaging, and user-friendly
  • Edit/manage your profile and/or FSA ID
  • Access myFederalLoan to view federal student loan and aid history


2018, Saturday, 29 September, Fairfax High School, 8 am – 1:30 pm - Dr. Brabrand will open the conference and Dr. Amy Przeworski, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Case Western University, will be the keynote speaker.  Participants will be able to choose three breakout sessions and have an opportunity to visit many resources tables representing public and private agencies.  Participants must register.  For more information including the schedule and breakout session descriptions and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/mentalhealthwellnessconference.


The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board (CSB) (https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/#gsc.tab=0) has launched a new Mental Health First Aid module directed towards Higher Education.  The Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education course is ideal for anyone who regularly interacts with students, both on and off campus, including parents, students, faculty, counselors, coaches and administrators.  For a detailed description of the course, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/training/mental-health-first-aid-higher-ed. Two-day courses are $25 for materials and free for Fairfax County government employees.  Request a customized Mental Health First Aid for Higher Ed class for your group or find out more about open enrollment Mental Health First Aid courses at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/training/mental-health-first-aid.  For questions, contact Lori Naveda, Wellness, Health Promotion & Prevention at 703.538.7476.


Does a college to which you are applying offer a scholarship requiring a nomination?  Be sure to speak with your counselor or Mrs. Ishii at least 15 working days before the deadline to be sure you are considered.  There are over 3,000 colleges with great opportunities.  We can’t know about all opportunities, and we may have to send your request to a committee if we are only allowed to nominate one student.


Wednesday, 12 September, 7 pm in the Auditorium – Parents of Seniors will discover what they need to know about the application process and scholarships.  **Even if you have had other children go to college, you’ll want to attend to learn about important changes both at WTW and beyond. 



Friday, 16 November, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, Edison High School Aux Gym, 5801 Franconia Rd, Entrance #13, Alexandria – Students will have the opportunity to talk to employers and trade schools to get a head start on their careers.  Last year’s career fair can be viewed via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIkqnLchtTo&feature=youtu.be.  The event is mainly focused on jobs that are attainable through industry certifications, one- or two-year associate degree programs or certification programs, on-the-job training, and apprenticeships.  The roster of registered exhibitors will be shared once the list has been confirmed (early October).  Students must register (and register early – first come, first serve.)  For chaperoned groups, email ecwilliford@fcps.edu.  Individual students who plan to come unchaperoned or with a parent/guardian (not as part of a field trip), are encouraged to register via Google Doc at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfV0daELR21lyjj3_9klwv6SE5xexcNUc0OsHMeuffAt09MyA/viewform .  Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.  Please email ecwilliford@fcps.edu to volunteer


Wednesday, 3 October, 7:00 pm, Holy Spirit Catholic Church Gymnasium 8800 Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA – The Knights of Columbus of Northern Virginia are hosting this Catholic College Fair.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to speak to representatives of Catholic colleges and universities from around the country.  For more information, contact Barry Dysart at bdysart@cox.net or 703.850.0390.


27 October, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA – Bring your portfolio and meet one-on-one with top design colleges and universities to receive advice on how to best prepare your portfolio for admission.  Advanced registration is not required, however, portfolio sign-ins begin at 12:00.   For more information and a list of participating schools, visit https://arts.vcu.edu/nationalportfolioday/.

**Find a listing of known, available College/Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-and-career-fairs


LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS DISCLAIMER:  These events are offered by the colleges for students and parents.  Information is offered for your convenience.  Local information sessions are often held at a hotel.  Be careful to check with the college online before attending to ensure there is no change to the location, date, and/or time.  NOTE: Get on the mailing list of colleges you are serious about.  We don’t always hear about information sessions, but you could.

Sunday, September 23 @ 7:30 pm      Tysons Corner Marriott      8025 Leesburg Pike      Tysons Corner      Tysons Corner, VA  22182

BOSTON UNIVERSITY – High school Juniors, Seniors, and their families are invited to spend an evening learning about BU and the college application process.  Families should arrive 30 minutes prior to the event for check-in.  Students must register at https://bostonu.secure.force.com/events/targetX_ eventsb__events#/esr?eid=a1M46000001Fc4ZEAS

Thursday, 11 September, 7:00 – 8:15 pm

     McLean High School       1633 Davidson Rd      McLean, VA 22101


Engage with Emory University offers an opportunity to meet with an admissions representative and learn more about academic programs, student life, financial aid, and the application process.  Learn about both Emory University and Oxford College.  Students must register at https://admission.emory.edu/portal/ewemidatlantic?     id=8f6858d5-5bce-489e-85b5-3d3f40096a37


Thursday, 11 October, 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

     Hanley Multipurpose Room,           Hanley Center      Georgetown Preparatory School      10900 Rockville Pike      North Bethesda, MD 20852


Spend an evening learning about Villanova University, an Augustinian Catholic university in suburban Philadelphia.  Visit https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/admission/ visit/discovervillanova.html for more information and to register.   

Tuesday, 16 October, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

     McLean High School Auditorium


McLean High School Student Services is hosting admissions representatives from six of the Colleges that Change Lives.  This organization supports the goal of each student finding a college that develops a lifelong love of learning and provides a foundation for success beyond college.  The panel discussion will cover how to find the right college for your student within a vast array of schools.   

**Find a listing of all known available Local Info Sessions at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607



11-12 November, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, OH – Diversity Overnight is designed for high school Seniors from diverse backgrounds. Participants will receive an in-depth look at the opportunities available to Case Western Reserve University students.  Students will arrive on Sunday, November 11, and stay overnight in a residence hall with a student host. Participants engage with faculty during classes and discussions, and explore the campus located in the heart of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.  The program rolls into Case Western’s Fall Open House on Monday, 12 November.  CWRU will cover the transportation costs of participants.  Visit  https://case.edu/admission/diversity-overnight for more information.  Applications for the programs must be received by 1 October, and applicants will be notified by 15 October.


22 October, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA – This FREE all day creative writing workshop for Juniors and Seniors is designed to be a tool for students who are considering a creative writing major or profession.  Students will be able to choose from the following workshop options: journalism, fantasy novel writing, novel writing, performance writing, poetry, screenwriting, short story writing, and sports journalism.  Parents are welcome to visit with their students.  Visit https://www.susqu.edu/admission-and-aid/admission-events/creative-writing-day for more information and to register, For questions, contact Codie Nevil Sauers at nevil@susqu.edu.  Registrations will be accepted until 12 October or earlier if maximum capacity is reached.

**Find a listing of all known available Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/special-opportunities



Allied Van Lines awards three $1,000 scholarships to Seniors or college students interested in logistics/supply chain management or related majors.  To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident enrolled or enrolling full-time in a U.S. college or university with federal or state recognized accreditation to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics or a related field.  A completed application must include a transcript, verification of enrollment/enrolling, and a 400 - 800 word essay detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice… We want to know why you truly believe in Logistics as the best career path for you!  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://www.allied.com/scholarship.  Completed applications must be submitted by 15 December.


Several scholarships from $1,500 - $2,500 are available to Seniors who will enroll and students enrolled in culinary schools in America.  Applicants must be working to earn a certificate, associate’s degree, or other post-secondary degree studying culinary, pasty arts, or food service-related majors.  Applicants must have a 2.75 or better GPA.  Applicants must create an account to discover all requirements.  Students applying to specific schools will have additional opportunities with varying requirements deadlines.  Visit www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ or Naviance Student for more information and to apply.  Scholarships are awarded twice a year.  Completed applications are due 31 October, 2018 and 30 April 2019.


Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers offer a $1,000 scholarship to a Senior or current undergraduate/graduate student accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants should have a 3.0 or better GPA and demonstrate a passion for volunteerism with a history of voluntary community service.  Completed applications must include a completed application form, a transcript, a resume that includes community service, and a 500-1,000-word essay discussing: What holds so many people back from performing service work?  What practical strategies or policies could overcome these challenges and get more people involved in community services? Feel free to speak about your own experiences and how you first became involved in community service. For more information, visit Naviance Student or  https://www.atlantacaraccidentlawyer.com/2018-community-service-scholarship/Completed applications must be received by 31 December.


The law firm of Newsome Melton awards a $1,500 scholarship to a student with a 3.0 or better GPA who is a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident with an impressive record of community service.  Applicants must be at least 17 years old, a Senior or enrolled in an accredited college or university.  Completed applications must include a completed application that includes a citizenship question, a transcript, resume documenting community service, and an essay (500 – 1000 words) discussing one of three topics: (1) What motivates you to perform community service?  (2) What skills did you learn during your community service that will help you in college or in your career?  (3) How do you plan to continue your community service during college and throughout your career?  CAUTION: Application materials become the property of Newsome Melton, and submission gives permission to publish your name and image.  Get all of the details at Naviance Student or https://www.medicalmalpracticehelp.com/community-service-scholarship/.  Completed applications must be received by 15 December.


Volt Factory Direct Store offers a Military and Family Appreciation Scholarship of $400.  Applicants must be 16 – 25 years of age who are active duty, retired U.S. service members, and/or their dependent children.  A 2.75 or better GPA is recommended, and applicants must demonstrate financial need (annual income less than $50,000 in the previous years).  Completed applications must provide proof of sponsor’s active duty status or honorable discharge (DD214) and an essay (≥800 words) that answers one of four prompts: (1) Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school. (2) Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study and your future goals.  (3) Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.  (4) Choose a person or persons that you admire and explain why. How have they helped to shape your life and/or your education?  Visit https://www.voltlighting.com/military-family-appreciation-scholarship/p/scholarship-military-family or Naviance Student for more information.  Completed applications are due 30 November.

****Find a listing of all known available Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/scholarships/school-independent-scholarships-contests.


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


          LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS - https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607


Employment Opportunities

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


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


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