WTW Career Center Newsletter

8 September 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 08, 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.

Important Information

Paying for College Information Night

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 7:00 pm, WTWW Auditorium.  This information session can be useful whether you feel you can pay with ease or feel you need help.  A director of financial aid will be here to share information on paying for college.  Learn what can help pay for college, what you can expect from government financial aid, and how they look at parent assets vs student assets.  Discover a way to compare financial aid offers.  Anyone interested in this information is welcome to attend.  Translation will be available for Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Cav Cruise 2018

13 June, 11 pm – 5 am, Oak Marr ReCenter – Seniors – Register now for Cav Cruise, the all night grad party, at the discounted rate of $75.  Prices go up 26 March.  Students who register by 30 September will receive 10,000 in Cav Cash which can be used to purchase tickets for prize drawings offered during the evening.  For more information and to register visit http://www.woodsonptso.org/cavalier-cruise.html

College Visits

Colleges Visiting Woodson

For a list of colleges visiting Woodson, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar or Family Connection.  Please note that students must obtain a preliminary pass from the Career Center or by signing up and printing the confirmation page in Family Connection at least one day before the college visit.  The preliminary pass must be signed by the teacher of the class you will miss to make a real pass.

Local Information Sessions

Many colleges hold local information sessions for prospective students and their parents. Check with your colleges of interest to see if they are hosting an information session in the area.  Always check with the college before attending to be sure there is no change in date or location.  Known local information sessions are listed below:

Carnegie Mellon University - Tuesday, 12 September, 7:30 pm

CalTech - Sunday, 17 September, 2 – 3:30 pm

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Tuesday, 10 October, 7 pm

Washington and Lee University - Sunday 10 September, 2:30 pm

  • Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles
  • 14750 Conference Center Dr, Chantilly, VA 20151

      College and Career Fairs

      Local college and career fairs are listed below – This listing includes fairs which allow students who pre-register to receive a barcode linked to their information.  Students can spend time chatting with representatives instead of filling out forms.  If a registered student wishes a to provide personal pre-registration information and be on the college’s mailing list,  all the student has to do is request the college representative “scan" his/her barcode.  Pre-registration is not required, but is definitely to the student’s advantage.

      Fairfax Christian College Fair  -  5 October 7 – 9 pm

      • Trinity Christian School, 11204 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA

      •  Approximately 30 Christian colleges from around the country will send representatives to share information and answer questions.  Get more information and pre-register for to get a bar-code at: https://myblueprintstory.com/.

      FCPS College Fair  -  15 October 7:30 – 9:30 pm

      FCPS College Night -  16 October 7:00 – 9:00 pm

      Special Programs (FREE or Very Affordable)*

      Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)

      This is a FREE competitive program that allows high school Juniors and Seniors to take an on-line NASA-developed course using a Space Exploration theme to teach a broad range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.  The course is offered from December through May.  Based on course performance, Scholars may be selected to participate in an all-expense paid, seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center.  Applicants must be Virginia residents and U.S. citizens, be at least 16 years old, have a 2.7 or better GPA, and have internet and email access.  A school teacher recommendation and counselor letter is required.  The application deadline is 12 November.  For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/.  For the application, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/studentsapplicationinstructions.html.

      Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars (VESSS)

      This FREE competitive program begins with an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for Virginia high school Juniors and Seniors that focuses on environmental and earth system science.  The program is highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy in June or July 2018 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  Scholars selected to participate in the residential program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.  Successful completion of the program allows students to earn three college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College.   A school teacher recommendation and counselor letter is required.  The deadline to apply is 12 November. For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/.  For the application, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/studentsapplicationinstructions.html

      Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)

      Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – This is a FREE competitive program for high school Sophomores focusing on science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Goddard’s Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  The program features:  1) an on-line STEM learning experience feature five modules; and 2) a seven-day residential Summer Academy in July or August 2018 at Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA for selected students.   Applicants must be a Virginia resident with a 2.7 or better GPA and have both internet and email access.  To participate in the residential program, one must be a U.S. citizen.  A recommendation from a school teacher or counselor is due by 2 NovemberStudent applications are due 12 November.  For more information, visit www.vscs.spacegrant.org/.  For the application, visit http://www.vscs.spacegrant.org/apply-here.

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

      Enrichment Opportunity

      Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW)

      YLGW provides a six-month, interactive youth leadership and development and community education program for high school Sophomores and Juniors in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.  YLGW youth leaders meet for one day per months from January – May from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Pepco Edison Place Gallery.  Applications are due by 5:00 on 27 October.  For more information about the program and how to apply, visit http://lgwdc.org’programs/youth-leadership-greater-washington.

      Political Campaign Opportunities

      Both Internship and Volunteer opportunities are available in a variety of political campaigns.  You can discover them in the Enrichment Database found in Family Connection.  Log into Blackboard; Click the Family Connection link; Click the “college” tab; scroll down to, find, and click “enrichment programs” on the right under “college research.”  This is a searchable database.  Try searching for “political” or “campaign” to discover what is available.



      Mount Zion Baptist Church Scholarship Workshop

      Scholarship Workshop, 23 September, 9 am – Noon, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3500 19th St. S, Arlington, VA 22204.  Marianne Riggins, President of The Scholarship Workshop LLC, will be presenting information based on her book Winning Scholarships for College at this free workshop.  To register, visit https://scholarshipworkshop.com/mzbc/.  For questions email youth@MountZionBaptist.com.

      Mount Zion Baptist Church Essay Workshop

      Essay Writing Workshop, 21 October, 9 am – Noon, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 3500 19th St. S, Arlington, VA 22204.  This free workshop is designed to prepare students for writing college entrance and scholarship applications.  For more information or questions, contact Yalonda Blizzard, Minister of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at 703.979.7411 or yblizzard@MountZionBaptist.com.

      New Scholarships


      The AFSCME Family Scholarship Program offers ten $2,000 renewable (up to four years) scholarships to graduating Seniors with a parent/guardian who is a member of AFSCME.  The scholarship may be used for any field of study.  Applicants must plan to be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution. A completed application will include biographical information, parent/legal guardian information, activities, offices, honors, a transcript, two recommendations, ACT/SAT test scores, and a school representative information page.  It will also include an essay not to exceed 1,000 words on “What AFSCME has meant to our family.”  A copy of the applicant’s parent/legal guardian’s membership card must also be submitted.  All submitted essays become the property of AFSCME.  For details and more information, visit www.afscme.org/members/scholarships/afscme-family-scholarship or Family Connection.  Applications are due no later than 31 December.


      The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation scholarship is open to spouses and children of members planning to enroll in a two-year or a four-year college and who lost a loved one as a result of a workplace incident.  Scholarship amount varies.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a 2.5 or better GPA.  Completed high school applicants will include a transcript with their application.  Visit http://foundation.asse.org/family-scholarship-fund/. to register and get all application requirements.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of 1 December. 


      The Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers offers up to $2,000 and a complimentary American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Student Membership for one year to a graduating Senior or college student who plans to pursue a course of study leading toward a career teaching physics in high school.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year U.S. college or university and show promise of success in their studies.  Completed applications will include a transcript; a letter to the Scholarship Committee stating why the applicant should be considered for this scholarship including evidence of his/her commitment to teaching and the pathway planned to achieve licensure, proof of U.S. citizenship, and three confidential recommendations with at least one from faculty.  Letters must be sent directly to the Scholarship Committee Chair and not through the applicant.  Give recommenders adequate time to submit their letters of recommendation by the due date. Visit https://www.aapt.org/programs/grants/lotze.cfm or Family Connection for details.  All application material including recommendations must be received by 1 December.


      The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship – 500 renewable scholarships from $1,000 to $12,500 will be awarded to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.  Seniors who are U.S. citizens planning to study at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university are eligible to apply.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  The Elks is a service organization, and they will also look for community service.  These awards will be made at the 2018 MVS Leadership Weekend held in Chicago on 26-29 April.  Applications can be found through Family Connection where you can also find your local Elks post contact information.  Completed application packets are due online 27 November.


      The Future Leaders in Retail Scholarship provides $1,000 to a Senior or college student who is a U.S. resident planning to major in Marketing, Advertising, Business Management, Retail Management, Fashion, Merchandising, or a related field of study.  Applicants will be judged on outstanding academic achievement (3.5 or better GPA) and submission of a 500-900 word essay titled “How I Will Impact the Retail Industry.”  A complete application packet includes the essay, transcript, and personal information.  For details and more information visit www.dealcrunch.com/scholarship/ or Family Connection.  Applications are due 15 December and must be submitted online.


      The Kenmore Law Group Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student who is a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record and commitment to promoting diversity.  In addition to the application form, students must include their most recent unofficial transcript and a typed essay of no more than 600 words describing: (1) your reasons for wanting a career in the legal field and (2) your professional goals including how you intend to contribute to the community.  Download the application in Family Connection. The scholarship is offered multiple times a year. The next application deadline is 31 December.


      The National Space Club Scholarship will provide a Senior, undergraduate, or graduate student with plans to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields $10,000 and the opportunity to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation’s annual Goddard Memorial Dinner.   The winner can only use the $10,000 scholarship towards tuition for the 2018-19 academic year at an accredited U.S. college/university. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, academically strong, and a good public speaker.  The applicant must not have previously spoken at the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner.  Completed application packets will include: an uploaded video, two recommendations, and statement of intent.  If chosen to continue, the recipient must be available to speak with the NSCF executive committee for a live audition via Skype in January 2018, and the winner must be available to speak on 16 March 2018.  For details and more information visit www.spaceclub.org/youth-education.html or Family Connection. Completed application and video must be uploaded to the National Space Club and Foundation website by 1 December.


      The NSA Stokes Educational Scholarship Program will award up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees to selected Seniors who are a U.S. citizens eligible for security clearance and planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. Minority high school students are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, and have SAT scores of 1200 or better (at least 600 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 600 in Math) or a minimum ACT score of 25.  Completed applications will include: a resume, letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor/advisor, essay, official transcript (which shows your un-weighted cumulative GPA and class rank, if applicable), photocopy of SAT/ACT report, as well as a list of extracurricular activities, school activities, and leadership positions.  Program participants will be required to work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas related to their course of study, and maintain an acceptable GPA in college.  Participants are required to work for the NSA after college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study covered by the scholarship.  Visit https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/nsa/nsastudents.html for details and more information.  Applications must be received by 31 October.


      The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) provides an undisclosed amount to Females in grades 9-12.  Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens attending high school in the U.S. (or U.S. military base or specific U.S. territories).  Award recipients are selected based their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.  In addition to prizes and cash, winners receive a trip to Bank of America Headquarters March 2018 for celebration and networking.  Online application is required.  The application includes several short essays.  Winners must report their U. S. Tax identification or social security number which will be used to report winnings to the IRS.  For more information and detaw2ils visit https://www.aspirations.org/ or Family Connection.  Application deadline is 6 November.


      The Scholarship for Eagles provides six $500 scholarships to FCPS Seniors who have earned Eagle Scout Award and plan to attend an accredited U.S. community college or college/university in the fall of 2018.  The awards given are based on academics and extracurricular activities.  Applicants must demonstrate practical citizenship in church, school, sports, scouting, and/or community.  Applicants must provide a list of activities, maintain 2.5 or better GPA and submit an official high school transcript,  For details and to download an application, visit Family Connection or www.scholarshipsforeagles.org (search for scholarship.) Applications must be received by 30 November.


      George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers provides a $1,000 scholarship to a Senior, graduate, or college student who is a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and who is an active duty service-member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service-member.  Applicants must be accepted to or attending an accredited college/university and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include: a transcript and a 500-1,000-word essay discussing one of three topics: (1) How has being in the military affected your ability to pursue an education?  (2)  What sacrifices have you and/or your family made because of military service?  (3) When you reflect on your/your family member’s military service, what are you most proud of and what are you most grateful for?  The application must be submitted online.  The winner will need to produce proof of military connection/service.  Information and the application can be found at https://www.sinklaw.com/why-hire-us-/in-the-community/  Applications are due 15 December.


      Easy-To-Read Scholarship Listing - 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.


      Discover a listing of previous entries still available 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


      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 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.