WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

02 November 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 02, 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.



5 December.  Registration for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the ASVAB, has begun.  Students in grades 10 - 12 are welcome to take this test for career research purposes with no strings attached.  Students interested in enlisting in the military will need to take this test.  Take the test easily and conveniently here at WTW.  Visit the Career Center for more information and a registration form.


Wednesday, 7 November, 7 pm in Cav Hall.  Families interested in understanding the details of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA) can learn exactly what each line of the FAFSA means.  Understanding exactly what is expected will make completing the FAFSA easier.


Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school Juniors and Seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.  If you are interested, don’t procrastinate.  The application process may take longer than you think. Academic/Mentorship program applications are due on 7 December.  Visual and Performing Arts applications are due on 25 January.  Applications can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/governors_school_programs/summer_residential/index.shtml.  Students may use their fcpsschools.net login information to access this Google site which will walk you through the application process: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/governors-school.


The National Federation of State High School Associations offers a course designed to educate school counselors, high school coaches, administrators and parents about the NCAA's initial-eligibility requirements. After completing the course, participants will be more knowledgeable and prepared to advise student-athletes about the NCAA initial-eligibility standards, as well as the steps student-athletes need to complete in order to compete in NCAA Divisions I and II athletics.  Learn more at https://nfhslearn.com/courses/61131/ncaa-eligibility.  You can order the course for free at the website by selecting your state and clicking the blue “order course” button.  Registration is required.


Career research in high school can help students discover what they enjoy, giving direction for potential post-secondary training.  Career research is college research because planned careers suggest majors that might support chosen careers.  Students can then seek colleges with those majors and/or post-secondary training that supports chosen careers.  Spend some time this month doing focused career research.  See what you can discover!


USA Today (10/17, Helhoski) reports that according to a report from personal finance site NerdWallet, “high school graduates who didn’t complete a federal financial aid application missed their opportunity for part of $2.6 billion in free money for college.  The money went unclaimed by 661,000 members of the Class of 2018 who were eligible for a federal Pell Grant but didn’t complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The application is key to getting money for college including work-study, federal loans and aid from states and schools.”  Visit https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2018/10/17/free-college-money-unclaimed-fafsa/38172299/.



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 online at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp.  Applications are due 6 November



Tuesday, 13 November, 7 - 9pm, at the 1757 Golf Club, 45120 Waxpool Rd, Dulles, VA 20166. The VMI Alumni Association, Inc will provide an information session.  Participants will enjoy a video presentation as well as a Q&A with alumni, cadets, and admissions staff. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by 9 November at www.vmialumni.org/s/1752/events/interior.aspx?sid=1752&pgid=3239&gid=2&cid=6863&ecid=6863&post_id=0.  For questions, contact TJ Lighton at tlighton@vmiaa.org.



Summer 2019, dates vary by location, Caribbean and South America Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities. Eligible students must be between 15-18 years of age, be U.S. citizens, and have at least one semester of high school remaining at the conclusion of the three-week program.  Applicants need sufficient proficiency in the language of the exchange to participate fully in exchange activities.  The U.S. Government will pay for international transportation to and from the United States, orientations, program and visa fees and administration, site visits and seminars, lodging and meals, some cultural activities, educational materials, and accident and sickness insurance while abroad. Participants will stay with volunteer host families and in youth conference centers. Participants are responsible for expenses related to the application process (copying, mailing, photographs, etc.), passport fees, vaccination fees (if applicable), and spending money for souvenirs. Program goals include developing a cadre of young adults who have a strong sense of civic responsibility, a commitment to community development, an awareness of current global issues, and strong interpersonal leadership skills; fostering relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious, and national groups; and promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between the United States and its South American counterparts.  Applications require a personal photo, transcript, two recommendations, a parent consent form, and (if possible) a copy of your passport.  For more information, visit https://www.worldlearning.org/program-pages/youth-ambassadors-program/u-s-citizens/.  Click on “View more frequently asked questions” for the link to the application. The application deadline is 14 November.


The Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Living with a host family and attending a local school, YES Abroad students promote mutual understanding between the United States and the host country by forming lasting relationships with the local community. Participants live with a host family, attend a local high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values; they also help educate others about American society and values.  For the 2019-2020 cycle the YES abroad countries are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey (subject to change).  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, between 15 and 18.5 years of age, and enrolled in high school at the time of the application.  There will be a Webinar for Parents of Applicants on Thursday, 8 November at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8055356830701578243.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.yes-abroad.org/The application deadline is 4 December.



16 November, 10:00 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1 – Room 100, 2334 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring, VA 22027 – Did you know deep down that your girls and your boys learn differently?  This workshop will highlight the research on how the brains of females and males are developmentally, structurally, and functionally different.  Learn how the practical application of this research can provide behavioral and emotional interventions to both boys and girls.  Gain knowledge about the many brain-based resources available for parents in the community and online.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/.



6920-C Braddock Rd, Annandale, VA 22003 (703.813.6262), AND 6228-H Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22152 (703.913.7272) – Papa John’s Annandale and West Springfield are hiring part-time workers for nights and weekends.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old and will receive paid training if hired.  For more information, call the respective store or stop by and speak with the store manager (Jon at Annandale; John at West Springfield).



The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation invites children and spouses in a post-secondary education program who have U.S. citizenship and who have lost a parent or spouse in a workplace incident (other than military) to apply for awards ranging from $500 - $15,000.  Seniors need a 3.0 or better GPA and all applicants should be seeking a career as an OSH (Occupational Safety and Health) professional.  The application requires five short essays (up to 500 words) discussing the following:  (1) What drew you to the field of safety and how has your education affected your views of the field?  (2) What goals do you have for yourself, both in school and beyond, and what plans to do you have for reaching them?  (3) What leadership and volunteer positions have you taken within the safety community and what positions do you envision in the future?  (4) What is the greatest takeaway from your current year in school? What will you do with that knowledge to impact people throughout your career?  (5) What makes you stand out as an applicant?  Completed applications must include: incident background and documentation, a transcript, one to three recommendations, and proof of college acceptance.  More application details are available in Naviance Student or at https://foundation.assp.org/family-scholarship-fund.  Applicants must register to apply and see all details.  Applications are due 1 December.


The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Executive Board offers scholarships of $2,000 and a year’s complimentary membership in AAPT to Seniors and college students who plan a career teaching physics at the high school level.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens attending a U.S. school and accepted into an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university at the time funds are disbursed.  Applications include transcripts of all relevant academic work, three recommendations addressing academic performance and interest in teaching high school physics, a letter to the Scholarship Committee stating why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship (with evidence of your commitment to teaching), a description of the pathway you plan to use for licensure, and proof of U.S. citizenship. This scholarship may reapply multiple times.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://aapt.org/Programs/grants/lotze.cfmAll application materials, including recommendations must be received by 1 December.


Cordisco & SaileLLC (a law firm) offers a $1,500 scholarship to a Senior or college student who is a leukemia survivor or has a family member affected by leukemia.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and acceptance to an accredited college or university.  Applicants should submit unofficial transcript(s) in one PDF file, as well as a 500 -1,000 word essay in PDF format on one of these topics: (1)How has your experience with leukemia influenced your career or academic aspirations? (2) What character trait(s) did you attain or grow as a result of your experience with leukemia? (3) How would you give hope and support to somebody recently diagnosed with leukemia? A proof of diagnosis may also be required.  Winners names and essays may be published online.  Additional information is available through Naviance student or at https://www.cordiscosaile.com/2019-leukemia-scholarship/Application deadline is 30 June 2019.


Dendra Accounting Group, an Australian company, offers a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student with a flair for writing and for thinking outside the box and eliminating boundaries.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, high school diploma or GED, and acceptance to an accredited college, university, or trade school.  The scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the best 1,000-word essay exploring the topic: What financial obstacles do college students face. Judges seek a well-written, expressive essay with perfect grammar and no vulgarity.  The winner must submit proof of acceptance or enrollment.  CAUTION: submitted essays become the property of Dendra Accounting Group.  Entries and any questions should be submitted to scholarship@dendra.com.au.  Additional information is available through Naviance Student or at https://dendra.com.au/500-scholarship-from-dendra-accounting-group/. Applications must be submitted by 1 October 2019.


The Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation offers multiple awards of $1,000 and $2,000 to Juniors and Seniors who write essays about General Robert E. Lee and/or General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson.  The top essay winner will receive an additional $8,000.  Content of the essay is more important than the length of essay.  Judges seek original, well-written, and thoroughly researched analytical essays.  Applicants must be Virginia residents planning to enroll in a four-year, accredited U.S. college as a full time student.  CAUTION:  All submissions become the property of the Lee-Jackson Education Foundation.  Applications and essays are due in the Career Center no later than Monday, 21 January 2019.  Details and the application are available in Naviance Student.


Remote DBA offers a scholarship of $1,000 to an outstanding Senior or college student pursuing a career in database administration and/or data management and data science.  Applicants must be Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA and admission to an accredited college or university.  Applicants must write a cover letter with basic personal information that also explains how you plan to use the scholarship and why we should select your application and an essay discussing: My vision for the world 20 years from now: How access to data and technology will change everything around us, discussing the role of technology and easy access to information or data in transforming our everyday lives… use specific examples… emerging as well as science fiction-like futuristic technologies yet to be invented… how examples of these technologies may improve lives across urban, rural or global environments.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at www.remotedba.com/remote-dba-experts-to-students-scholarship/. Entries must be received by 1 December.


The Library of Virginia and Dominion Electric invite Virginia high school students to submit essays of 400 words or less about pioneers who have combatted inequality.  Essays must be about individuals cited on a list found at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/listing.htm.  The essays should answer the questions:  What does equality mean to you?  Which past honoree embodies that definition for you? How can you embody that definition in your life – now and in the future?  Judges seek thorough, thoughtful, well-written essays.  Winners receive a MacBook Air and winners’ schools receive $1,000.  Winners and their school representatives must attend a ceremony the evening of Thursday 7 February 2019 in Richmond.  One winner will be chosen from each of Dominion Energy’s four regional service areas.  CAUTION:  All entries become the property of the Library of Virginia; sponsors reserve the right to use the winners’ names and entries.  Details are available at http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/smw/.  Submissions are due Friday, 9 November.


Vegas Tickets offers a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student focused on the entertainment industry and demonstrating a flair for writing.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and, by the time winners are chosen, have a high school diploma or GED, and acceptance into an accredited college or university.  The winner will have submitted the best 1,000-word essay describing some of the tasks [the applicant] would do behind the scenes to make their favorite book come to life.  What kind of actors would they look like?  What kind of scenery would they design?  Be as creative as possible.  Essay submissions and questions should be sent to scholarship@vegastickets.com.  Additional information is available in Naviance student or at https://www.vegastickets.com/scholarshipEntries must be received by 31 May 2019.


The Virginia State Scholarship Fund of the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood provides a minimum of $1,500 scholarships to women Seniors or college students who are Virginia residents planning to attend an accredited Virginia school of higher education.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications must include a current transcript, resume of activities/service/work, life and career goals, three recommendations in sealed envelopes, Student Aid Report (from FAFSA),and a 300-word essay about yourself, including your hobbies, life, education and career goals, factors which have favorably or adversely influenced your life, reasons for desiring to attend the Virginia school of higher education you have chosen, and any other information about yourself which you think pertinent.  Winners may reapply in subsequent years.  Additional information is available at Naviance Student or at https://vapeo.org/scholarships/info.htmlEntries are due by 15 February 2019.


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


Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3687.






Discover financial aid information session, FAFSA completion clinics / assistance opportunities and general information that will benefit your financial aid process: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3722.


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


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


Find a listing of Internships and Apprenticeships at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/work-and-careers/internships-apprenticeships-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.


Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3691.


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.