WTW Career Center Newsletter

6 October 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
October 06, 2017

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor 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.



To save searching efforts, discover links to compilations of all active programs (previously entered to present) at the end of the newsletter.  

College & Career Fairs


17 October, 7 pm, Cav Hall.  Know everything available to you!  Discover the amazing, free tools provided to our students and parents  – tools that will help you stay on top of things and discover opportunities for your students.  These opportunities include everything from basic information you need, to internships, employment opportunities, colleges, training, scholarships, the ability to get emails sent by counselors and the Career Center, and much MUCH more.  Hope to see you there.


25 October, 7 pm, Cav Hall.  College Access Fairfax will come to help families understand and be comfortable filing the FAFSA. 


College Access Fairfax partners with FCPS to provide FAFSA Completion Workshops.  The first set of workshops include FAFSA (required by all schools for financial aid) Line-by-Line, the CSS Profile (required by some schools), and an opportunity to work on a computer completing the FAFSA on-site.  Spanish and Korean translation will be available at both of these workshops.

Dates & Location Bring if you are completing the FAFSA on-site

Saturday, 14 October 2017

9 am – 3 pm

South Lakes High School

Contact Andrea Acosta: aiacosta@fcps.edu


Saturday, 21 October 2017

9 am – 3 pm

Edison High School

Contact Elizabeth Szentkiralyi elszentkiral@fcps.edu

  • FSA ID for both the student and one parent.  Get this at www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the tiny lock symbol at the top of the page
  • Social security number for parents and student (or permanent resident number)
  • Alien registration card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s License number (if you have one)
  • 2016 W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • 2016 Completed tax returns
  • Current statements for checking, savings, or other assets accounts
  • Current investment records, including 529 plans or other prepaid college plans
  • Military families: LES for any month in 2016
  • Parents date of marriage


13 November, Woodson High School.  Discover if you are admissible and what you can do to become more admissible at this face-to-face meeting option.  To participate, students must

  1. Register with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center NLT Friday, 3 November,
  2. Submit a transcript release form by Friday, 3 November,
  3. Submit the Common Application on-line NLT 6 November
  4. Have your testing agency send official test scores (ACT / SAT) to the admissions office
  5. Visit the Career Center to print your college testing report by Thursday, 9 November. 

At the end of the on-site review, students will know if they will be admitted or what they need to do to be admissible.


17 October 7 pm, McLean High School Auditorium.  Get more information and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colleges-that-change-lives-panel-tickets-37692723952?ref=enivtefor001&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term.



1, 2, and 8 November – Registration is now open for the credit exam for world languages.  Languages included are American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  Registration closes on 11 October at 4 pm.  Late registrations will not be accepted.  See your school counselor if you wish to register.


The 42nd annual FCPS College Fair will be held on Sunday, 15 October at Fair Oaks Mall from 7:30-9:30 pm.  The following evening, Monday, 16 October, College Night will be held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00-9:00 pm.  These two events provide FCPS student and their families with an opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 300 colleges and universities.  College Night will also provide parents with workshops detailing information regarding college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and college life.  For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/31960.  Although not required, students are encouraged to register for the event(s).  Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code.  This bar code allows the student’s college of interest to electronically scan their information rather than filling out a form for each college.


The Fairfax County School Board is now accepting applications from Sophomores and Juniors for its Student Leadership Development Program.  Students must be in good academic standing and interested in pursuing a future in law, government, or public policy.  Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members, and gain valuable experience in leadership and policy making.  Students must submit the application to their principal before 16 October.  The principal will evaluate the application along with the student’s academic, extracurricular, and disciplinary record and send nominations to the School Board.  From these nominations, each of the twelve School Board members will select one student for the program.  For more information and the application, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31703.



25 Jun – 1 Aug 2018.  This program is an academic experience for 26 promising high school Juniors who identify as Jewish and will be 16 by July 2018.  The merit-based fellowship includes a 5-week all-expense-paid summer trip to Israel, where high level discussions and learning take place in a community of inspiring peers.  The fellowship year concludes with seminars in New York in December and April.  Applications will include various short responses and short essays, two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one of which must be from a guidance counselor, school principal, or teacher), and your high school transcript through Grade 10.  For more information and to apply, visit www.bronfman.org/become.  Completed applications are due 9 January 2018.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, CBYX is a full scholarship exchange program that offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for an academic year.  In addition, the program includes pre-departure training in the U.S. and orientation programs in Germany, meetings with government officials, cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities, and supplementary language lessons upon arrival in Germany.  All associated costs are covered by the scholarship with the exception of travel to and from your home community to Washington, DC for pre-departure and re-entry orientation, passport costs, and spending money while in Germany. Academic merit, motivation, curiosity, and flexibility are key components of a competitive application.  Eligible candidates are:  U.S. citizens, national, or permanent residents; between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ at the start of the program; and a high school student at the time of application with a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on 12 December.  For more information and to apply online, visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org/app/.


This program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers 65 American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in one of twelve countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students will live with a host family, attend a local school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values.  The program is intended to promote mutual understanding between the U.S. and the host country by forming lasting relationships with the local community. The YES Abroad Scholarship covers all costs associated with the program including: round-trip airfare, room and board for the Pre-Departure Orientation as well as round-trip airfare between the participant’s home region and the host community, in-country support, cultural activities, school tuition (where applicable), room and board with a host family, secondary medical benefits, visa fees, and a modest stipend.  Applications are due 11:59 pm on 5 December.  For more information and the application, visit www.yes-abroad.org/about/about-us.


24 Jun – 4 Aug 2018 at Cornell University and the University of Michigan. TASS is a free academic opportunity for talented, intellectually curious high school Sophomores (rising Juniors) to participate in one of four challenging six-week college-level seminars on topics related to critical Black and ethnic studies.  At Cornell, these are: Mediated Lives: Performing Identity in Contemporary Media and Shades of Blackness: Exploring Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the African Diaspora through Performance, Film, Music, and Art; at Michigan, they are: The Cultural Politics of Race in Media and Literature and African American Mobility and Travel Abroad: From Paul Cuffee to Ta-Nehisi Coates.  All programs are provided FREE to students.  If needed, financial aid to cover travel expenses and expenses incurred by the family due to the student’s absence from work is available.  Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by 9 January 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.tellurideassociation.org/our-programs/high-school-students/sophomore-seminar-tass/


24 Jun – 4 Aug 2018 at Cornell University, the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan.  TASP is a six week educational experience for high school Juniors that seeks students from varied backgrounds to attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and to participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.  Outside of academic exploration, students are responsible for organizing most of their out-of-classroom time.  Possible activities include group-wide discussions, field games, community service projects, music and theater events, and museum excursions. Students also participate in a public speaking program.  TASP is completely FREE: tuition, room, board, and field trips are covered.  If needed, financial aid is available to cover travel expenses to and from the program as well as expenses incurred by the family due to the student’s absence.  Seminars available at Cornell University are: Pleasure and Danger: Bodies in History, Science, Literature, and Philosophy and Facing Fictions.  The seminar the University of Maryland is Protest Poetics: Art and Performance in Freedom Movements.  The seminar at the University of Michigan is Just Comics.  Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by 16 January 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.tellurideassociation.org/our-programs/high-school-students/summer-program-juniors-tasp/.



GPS uses a “high-tech” and “high-touch” advising and information sharing model to empower African American high school Juniors, Seniors, their parents and counselors during the college preparation and selection process.  The GPS program guides students along these journeys via tele-mentoring, leadership conferences, and exposure to successful peers on the GPS Workplace using the Facebook platform.  For more information, visit www.rbsgps.com.



Tuesday, 10 October, 7 - 8:30 pm, Oakton High School – Lecture Hall 161, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna.  Take advantage of this free panel discussion hosted by CHADD of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Three guests will discuss various aspects of college readiness for students with ADHD and take questions from the audience.  Please register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparing-for-college-what-adhd-students-need-to-know-tickets-37844146862?aff=erelpanelorg.


Saturday, 14 October, 8:15 am – 12:30 pm, Riverside High School, Leesburg, VA.  This free event is hosted by Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Pupil Services. The keynote address, “Resilient Children, Families, & Communities,” will be given by Dr. Ann Masten, author of Ordinary Magic.  Pre-registration is open until 9 October.  For more information and to pre-register, visit www.navigatethepath.com.



The Bull Run Civil War Round Table works to study and share information about American Civil War history.  In support of this goal, the BRCWRT awards a $2,000 scholarship to a high school Senior attending school in specified areas including Fairfax County and Fairfax City.  Applicants must visit a local Civil War historical site and write a short referenced paper about the site.  Although applicants are not required to plan a major in American History in college, they should be ready to explain how one’s interest in history could co-exist with one’s career or leisure life after college.  Completed applications will include an application form, a transcript with 7th semester grades, a recommendation, a selfie or photo of the applicant taken at the referenced historical site, and an original paper with cited sources.  Get all the details in Family Connection or at www.bullruncwrt.org/scholarship/index.htmlSubmissions are due 2 April 2018.


Extraordinary young people aged 18 and under who have completed a significant piece of work can compete for $10,000, $25,000 and $50,000.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and plan to attend an accredited college or university.  Application categories include science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, as well as exceptional creativity, a new idea with high impact, prodigious performance, and interdisciplinary discovery.   Each category has different requirements, but all include meaningful projects at college level that demonstrate depth of knowledge.  Note, Davidson Fellows program retains intellectual property rights to all applications.  For more information and a lengthy Scholarship Rules & Regulations, visit Family Connection or www.davidsongifted.orgCompleted projects and applications are due 14 February 2018.


Twenty Senior athletes entering college in the fall of 2018 as a freshman in a four-year undergraduate degree program will receive $20,000, and one of the twenty will receive an added $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 be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  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, is proactive and motivated, and displays academic excellence.  Finalists will be interviewed.  Application must be completed online.  For this scholarship, applicants will be required to 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.  For details and more information visit www.footlockerscholarathletes.com or Family Connection.  Applications are due no later than 5 pm, EST, on 15 December.


is an annual contest for students in grades 6 – 12.  Applicants write a 1,500- to 1,800-word essay about the Civil War or create a documentary film.  Awards are $1,000 for First place with an additional $500 to the school; $750 for Second place; $500 for Third place; and $100 for Honorable Mention to seven students.  Applicants examine the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research in primary as well as secondary sources, using a minimum of 5 primary sources.   New this year is a Documentary Film Category.  Visit www.gilderlehrman.org/sites/default/files/inline-pdfs/2017-18_civil_war_essay_contest_packet.pdf or Family Connection for more information.  Application deadline is 26 February 2018.


Seniors in Northern Virginia Region High Schools who have participated in interscholastic sports as an athlete, team manager, athletic trainer or cheerleader are eligible to apply to receive one of several scholarships up to $3,000.  Included in the awarded scholarships are three special scholarships recognizing: a physically challenged student, a student planning a career in elementary education, and a student with two letters in either baseball or softball.  Completed application packets must include a listing of athletics and activities, one recommendation, a transcript release form for an official seventh semester transcript, and a 500-word essay on one of the following topics: 1) People may be surprised that I…  2) A challenge I have faced… 3) The person or kind of person I most admire is…  A statement of financial need is required, but need is viewed very broadly.  Criteria for judging will include academic achievement, extent of involvement, contributions to the team(s), contributions to school, community, church, and work, writing skills, leadership, and financial need.  The application and additional information is available at www.nvadaca.org or Family Connection.  Applications must be returned to the Career Center no later than Monday, 12 February 2018.


The Pirates Pitch Competition will award two students with outstanding entrepreneurial know-how $1,000 and $2,500 in cash prizes.  In 350 words or less Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are invited to submit an original business idea that describes an innovative product, services that you would like to create, or write about a business you have already launched.  Competitors must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  The top ten entrants will be invited to Seton Hall University to present their plan or discuss their business.  Applicants will be judged on their written submission and presentation on 17 November 2017.  For details and more information http://blogs.shu.edu/piratespitch/Completed application is due by midnight on 18 October


High school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are invited to submit a 300 – 500 word statement that describes an innovative approach or idea for addressing one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  First place prize is $2,500, second place is $1,000.  Ideas can be aimed at creating awareness or change, present a project, campaign, or charity that will assist in attaining one or more of the sustainable development goals.  Think locally or globally, from school/local community/state to any country or region of the world.  Ten finalists will be selected to present their ideas to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University.  Visit www.shu.edu/go/UNChallenge for all the details.  Submissions must be received by 11 March 2018.  Presentations will be made on 20 April 2018.


High school Seniors or college students under the age of 26 who are Virginia residents, related to a Virginia resident, or a member or related to a society member are eligible to apply for this $1,620 scholarship.  Applicants must have a B or better GPA and be sponsored by a current teacher or member of the Virginia Mayflower Society.  Completed applications must include a resume showing academic achievements and community service, a letter from your sponsor, a transcript, and an original essay of up to 1,500 words citing at least five print/webs sources discussing: What were the causes of the good relations between the Pilgrims and the Indians near Plymouth?  Visit Family Connection or http://virginiamayflower.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Flyer2018.pdf  for all the rules and details.  Completed applications are due 19 March 2018


American College Foundation offers merit scholarships of $1,000 - $5,000 to high school students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.  Interested students need to register early to receive an application packet.  Completed applications will include the application, a transcript, and a 500-word essay discussing: Why College is Important to Me.  All submitted information becomes property of The American College Foundation.  Visit Family Connection or https://americancollegefoundation.org/college_planning/visionary_scholarship_terms.aspx for all the details and an application.  Applications must be received by 1 May 2018.


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

College & Career Fairs

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

Employment Opportunities

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

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 / 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 (FREE or very affordable)

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.


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