WTW College and Career Center

1 June 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
June 01, 2018

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The second season of this Netflix series has been released.  The series content includes topics typically intended for a mature audience and is often graphically presented.  Fairfax County Public Schools has multiple resources to help parents, guardians, caregivers, and caring adults prepare to support their children should they watch or hear about the series.  The Healthy Minds Blog at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/guidance-parents-13-reasons-why-netflix-series has information about the series, tips for talking to your child, and multiple links to resources.  If you or your child has questions or concerns, please call on the school counselor, school psychologist, or school social worker for assistance.  Two confidential resources are also available to you and your child - Crisis Text Line: Text NEEDHELP to 85511 and Crisis Link Regional Hotline at 703.527.4077.


23-28 July – Students and their families are invited to participate in the 2018 Virginia Private College Week.  Colleges will offer campus tour and information sessions covering admissions, financial aid, and academic programs.  Students who visit at least three institutions during the week will receive three application fee waivers to apply to any three participating Virginia private colleges for free.  For more information and a list of participating colleges, visit http://vaprivatecolleges.org/ and click on the link for 2018 Virginia Private College Week.



16-18 September and 28-30 October, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY – This program is an opportunity for diverse high school Seniors to visit campus and experience life at Hamilton.  All are welcome to apply, but the selection process will prioritize applications from students from ethnically diverse backgrounds as well as first generation college students and those from families with limited financial resources.  If accepted, all transportation, lodging, and meal costs for the program are covered by Hamilton College.  Visit https://www.hamilton.edu/admission/diversityovernight for more information and to apply.  The application opens 2 July, and decisions for both dates will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.  Students are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of 3 August. 


September 2018 – May 2019 – This program is open to rising 10th and 11th graders at public, charter, and independent schools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  LearnServe Fellows design and launch their own “social ventures” - projects to benefit their neighborhoods and schools. They connect with like-minded students, meet leading local organizations tackling poverty, discrimination, climate change, civic engagement, and other pressing social problems, and work closely with business mentors from local companies.  The program meets weekly, September through May, on Thursday afternoons from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at metro accessible locations. Additionally, students attend an overnight Fall Retreat in September, a day-long Winter Retreat in January, and a Social Action Summit in February.  The LearnServe Fellows program requires a non-refundable enrollment fee of $250.00 to be paid once accepted into the program.  For more information and to apply, visit http://learn-serve.org/programs/learnserve-fellows.  The application deadline is 5 June.


7 - 8 October and 11 - 12 November, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT – TAP provides an all-expenses-paid visit to campus for a select number of high school Seniors interested in attending one of Wesleyan University’s annual Open House programs.  Preference is given to students who would not otherwise be able to afford a visit to campus.  For more information and to apply, visit http://wesleyan.edu/admission/openhouse/tap.htmlThe application deadline is 7 September for the October Open House and 12 October for the November Open House.  The priority deadline is 29 June for both open houses.



11 June – 25 August, Annandale, VAThe Hidden Oaks Nature Center is in search of summer camp volunteers.  Volunteers should be at least 13 years old.  Shifts are either 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 12:15 – 4:30 pm.  The preferred commitment is more than one week or all day for one week.   Duties will consist of assisting campers ranging in ages from 4 to 9 years old with crafts, games, and activities, assisting in supervising outdoor play and nature walks, and assisting staff with camp set up and breakdown.  Camp themes include dinosaurs, pirates, wizarding, wildlife rangers, Native Americans, and zoology.  For more information, contact Fiona Davies at fiona.davies@fairfaxcounty.gov or at 703.941.1065.  Community service hours and references can be provided as a result of successful camp involvement.  NOTE: Year-round and special event volunteer opportunities are also available.



The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking creative, high-energy, and motivated candidates who are 18 YEARS OLD for part-time positions with its Rec-PAC summer camp programs. One open-hire day remains: Wednesday, 6 June, 11 am-2:30 pm at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For admission to an open hire, bring a photo id (driver’s license, passport, school photo ID), a voided check (to set-up direct deposit for your paycheck), and an original copy of a social security card.  Positions available include Site Director, Leader, Rover, and Subs who are scheduled as needed.  Camp Leaders and Site Directors earn $10.95 to $12.50 per hour.  Staffing is based on camp registration; there is no guarantee of weekly hours or location assignments.  Staff may be moved at any time to fulfill program needs.  A negative TB test is required by June 27.  Certifications in first aid and CPR are required and must be valid through August.  Staff must work all six weeks of program.  For students who are UNDER 18 YEARS OLD who want volunteer community service hours, information for the Counselor-in-Training program is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac/cit.  For more information and to download application forms, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac.  Send questions to Rec-PAC@fairfaxcounty.gov.

OSA MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION PROGRAM – The OSA Martial Arts Federation Program is seeking canvassers who can pass out flyers, get leads, and convert leads. Canvassers can learn adaptable communication strategies, learn marketing skills and some of the behind-the-scenes skills needed to create a small business.  Canvassers get $1/lead and a 20% commission for every sale.  There are three locations: 3848 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030; 5799 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke, VA 22015; and 3843 Quarry Road, Manassas, VA 20110.  Call 703-267.9689 for more details.  Send your resume to inquiry.osafederation@gmail.com



The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine offers Seniors accepted to an accredited U.S. 2- or 4-year college/university a $1,000 award. To qualify, applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and provide a resume listing community service including the names of the organizations where you volunteered, the service dates, contact information, and a brief description of your service.  Applications must also include a transcript, and a 500-word essay discussing one of the following prompts: (1) What job skill(s) did you develop through community service that you did not possess prior to volunteering?  (2) What did community service teach you about leadership? (3) How has your community service influenced your career goals? For more information, visit Family Connection and https://www.anidjarlevine.com/community-service-scholarship/Completed applications must be submitted by 30 June.


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 community service.  Completed applications must include a completed application form, a transcript, a resume that includes community service, and a 500 to1,000-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 Family Connection or  https://www.atlantacaraccidentlawyer.com/2018-community-service-scholarship/Completed applications must be received by 31 December.


CompTIA’s Advancing Women in Technology (AWIT) Community offers Senior Women of the Class of ‘18 aspiring to be technology profesionals a $2,500 award.  Funds can be used for a four-year college, trade school, or CompTIA certification.  Applicants are required to have a 2.7 GPA or better, demonstrated leadership in their school and community as well as an early interest in IT, and attend an award ceremony on 31 July in Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AWITSpotlight.  Completed applications must be received by 15 June.


Dallas Car Accident Lawyers offer a $1,000 scholarship to one high-achieving Senior or undergraduate/graduate student with a 3.0 or better GPA, who has been diagnosed with cancer or has a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer, and is accepted by or currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. university.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a paragraph discussing how the scholarship would help you, and a 500-1,000-word essay discussing one of three topics: (1) How has living with you or your loved one’s cancer diagnosis affected your plans in life, especially with pursuing a higher education? (2) What’s one thing you think would make the biggest difference in how our society treats cancer? or (3) What obstacles do people with cancer face that you would like the general public to know about? For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.dallascaraccidentlawyers.net/cancer-awareness-scholarship/. The deadline is 15 December.


Redfin offers one Senior or college student who is a U.S. resident 18 years or older a $2,500 scholarship to help with his/her journey through higher education.  Applicants must have an unweighted 3.5 or better GPA and submit a 300-500-word essay discussing: How do you think Gen Z and Millennials are changing the real estate industry?  What do these generations value in housing that previous generations may not have?  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.redfin.com/resources/scholarshipCompleted applications are due 31 July.


The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers $2,000 - $4,000 to Seniors and college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must have been legal residents of Virginia for 12 months prior to the application deadline and continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period of August 2019-May 2020. Applicants must be planning to enroll full time and qualify as a Virginia resident for the entire academic year, August 2018 to May 2019, at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts.  Completed applications must include a general application form, a resume/CV, work samples, a work sample submission form, and a transcript.  Visual artists must include a 200-word artistic statement.  For more information, visit Family Connection or  https://www.vmfa.museum/programs/college/visual-arts-fellowships/. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on 2 November.


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.