WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

1 December 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 01, 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.

NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION

SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SEMINARS  

Juniors interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy may wish to consider applying to attend the academy’s summer seminar.  Discover the details by clicking on the link.

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U.S. Air Force Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session A: 10 – 15 June 2018
  • Session B: 17 – 22 June 2018
Now 15 January 2018

U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience

  • Session 1: 2 – 8 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 15 June 2018
January 2018 TBD

U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session 1: 2 – 7 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 14 June 2018
  • Session 3: 16 – 21 June 2018
3 January 2018 TBD

U.S. Coast Guard Academy AIM Summer Program

  • Session I: 8 – 13 July 2018
  • Session II: 15 – 20 July 2018
  • Session III: 22 – 27 July 2018
Early February 1 April 2018

2018 FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS

The following FCPS Academy and Career Experience Open Houses are scheduled for January and February.  For general information on these programs, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/academies-and-specialized.  For specific information on programs available at each location, click on the link to the academy’s website.

West Potomac Academy

https://westpotomacacademy.fcps.edu/

Monday, 8 January, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Go in through Door 1

Falls Church Academy

https://fallschurchacademy.fcps.edu/
Thursday, 11 January, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Marshall Academy

https://marshallacademy.fcps.edu/

Thursday, 11 January, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Snow date:  18 January

Edison Academy

https://edisonacademy.fcps.edu/

Saturday, 20 January, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snow date:  3 February

Chantilly Academy

https://chantillyacademy.fcps.edu/

Tuesday, 23 January, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Snow date 1 February

Fairfax Academy

https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/
Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Plum Center School of Practical Nursing TBD

Fairfax County Firefighting Program

TBD
Spring Village Construction Site Tuesday, 15 May, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

PARENT READING

Following are a few interesting articles for parents.  Don’t let the starting age throw you.  The information is good for any age. 

DON’T FORGET

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS – College Access Fairfax partners with FCPS to provide FAFSA Completion Workshops.  The next workshops offer an opportunity to work on a computer completing the FAFSA at the site offered.  If you pre-register, you can request translation services if they are not already offered.  Register at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org

LOCATION & DATES BRING IF COMPLETING FAFSA ON-SITE

Stuart High School

  • Saturday, 2 December
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Alicia Grande - agrande@fcps.edu, 703.824.8964
  • Spanish translation available

Oakton High School, Library

  • Wednesday, 6 December
  • 4 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Contact Jennifer Collins - Jlcollins1@fcps.edu, 703.319.2816

Falls Church High School, Library

  • Saturday, 6 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Renee Foster - rcfoster@fcps.edu, 703.207.4297
  • 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

NEW SPECIAL PROGRAMS

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NATIONAL TRUSTEES SUMMER MUSIC INSTITUTE

The Kennedy Center, 2 - 30 July 2018, Ages 15 - 20.  This tuition-free program for outstanding high school and college instrumentalists includes private lessons and chamber coaching with NSO musicians, participation in an orchestra conducted by Abel Pereira, as well as, master classes, seminars, side-by-side rehearsals with NSO, performance opportunities, and attendance at NSO performances. Each student accepted into the program attends on a scholarship, which covers housing and lessons.  Local transportation is sometimes provided by WC/NSO, during their stay.   The scholarship does NOT cover round-trip transportation to and from Washington, DC or the cost of food during the institute.  The online application requires: orchestra excerpts for instruments, a solo piece, one recommendation, and a musical resume.  Applications are due 22 January 2018.  For more detailed information and to access the on-line application, visit www.kennedy-center.org/smi.

NEW WORKSHOPS

FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE: A CAREER AND ACADEMIC PLANNING EXPERIENCE

School of Education, William & Mary, 301 Monticello Ave, Williamsburg, VA 23185, 3 February 2018, 8:45 am – 3 pm – This The Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary provides this workshop for students and parents designed to expose high-ability learners to career opportunities related to the arts, humanities, and sciences and to inform parents and counselors of considerations and guidelines for effective career and academic planning.  Separate sessions are available for middle and high school students.  All students must be accompanied by an adult.  Fees are $85 per attendee (including parents).  Registration is required by 12 January 2018.  Visit http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/future/index.php for more information and to register,

    “PHYSICS WORKSHOP”

    Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 23 - 24 February, 2018.  This workshop is intended for high school Seniors.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with members of the physics faculty and several current physics majors in various departmental laboratories to perform six to eight experiments.  This year’s theme is “Exploring the Nature of Lights.”  To learn more about the workshop and how to apply, visit www.lawrence.edu/academics/study/physics/physics_workshop.

    FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOPS

    Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, Entrance 1 - Room 100 – FCPS is offering the following parent workshops in January 2018.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279

    • Executive Functioning: Strategies to help Children Orchestrate their Lives - 12 January 2018, 10 am – Noon
    • Identifying and Treating Anxiety in Children and Teens - 19 January 2018, 10 am – Noon
    • You’re Not the Boss of Me!: 10 Secrets to Motivate Strong-Willed Toddlers, Tweens and Teens - 24 January 2018, 7 - 8:30 pm

    NEW INTERNSHIPS

    THE BORGEN PROJECT

    The Borgen Project is a nonprofit organization working to end global poverty and hunger.  Several unpaid telecommuting internships are listed on their website.  College credit may be available for some internships.  Work-from-home internships in human resources, political affairs, and journalism, are currently available.  For more information and to apply, visit http://borgenproject.org/TELECOMMUTE-INTERNSHIPS/.

    NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    LIL’ KICKERS DMV

    The Lil' Kickers soccer program is seeking energetic and outgoing students to join their team of coaches.  Lil’ Kickers is a program focused on helping children 18 months to 9 years old build strong physical, intellectual, and emotional skills using the game of soccer.  Applicants will learn the following business skills: organization, interpersonal relations, leadership, problem solving, and critical thinking. Participants must have their own transportation and be available either weekday or weekend mornings.  Starting salary for Lil’ Kickers coaches is $10.00/hour.  Working locations are: Merritt Academy (Fairfax, VA), McLean Sport and Health (McLean, VA), and Onelife Fitness (Alexandria, VA).  For more information on the program and to apply, visit https://www.lilkickersdmv.com/.  For questions, contact Avril Ramirez at 703.408.8191 or info@lilkickersdmv.com.

    NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

    BRITEPATHS (formerly Our Daily Bread)

    4080 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA – This local non-profit organization helps working families in Fairfax County.  Britepaths is looking for volunteers to help with a mailing to their supporters.  Volunteers are needed this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 4 - 6 December, from 10 am to 2 pm.  Special hours for students are Monday and Tuesday, 4 - 5 December, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.  The project requires precision and attention to detail.  Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4aa4ac2eab9-help10.

    NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

    AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION (ACF) EDUCATION FOUNDATION

    AFC is offering two renewable $2,500 scholarships to graduating Seniors enrolling in American schools and planning to major in culinary or pastry arts in the fall of 2018.  Applicants will be judged on a 100 point scale: Academic GPA Scale (minimum 3.0) (30 points), participation in culinary competitions (20 points), volunteer for school and industry activities (10 points), American Culinary Federation involvement (10 points), two recommendations (5 points), and short answer responses (25 points for 5 responses).  A transcript and financial information form are also required.  Included in the form is your authorization for your college to release any and all financial records to the ACF Education Foundation. For more information and to apply, visit Family Connection or www.acfchefs.org/ACF/Education/Scholarships/ACF/Education/Scholarships/Completed application packets are due 31 March 2018.

    AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY (ANS) INCOMING FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

    ANS scholarships are open to Seniors and college students.  ANS will award up to $1,000 to U.S. and non-U.S. residents who intend to enroll as incoming freshmen in a full-time, degree-seeking, 2- or 4-year program in Nuclear Science/Engineering (or closely-related major) at an accredited institution in the United States with an established ANS Student Section or Alpha Nu Sigma chapter.  Seniors must have enrolled full-time in college courses.  Additionally, ANS will award $2,000-$2,500 scholarships for expected undergraduate and two-year programs.  All applicants must be sponsored by a faculty advisor of an ANS Student Section or an individual ANS member.  Completed applications must include a transcript, contact information for three references, extracurricular information including honors and awards, and a personal statement (up to 500 words) of your future plans.  For details and additional information, visit www.ans.org/honors/scholarships or Family Connection.  Completed applications for ANS General Application and all Named scholarships must be submitted NLT 1 February 2018.  Deadline for Incoming Freshman Scholarship and Two-Year College Scholarship applications are due 1 April 2018.

    ARMY ENGINEERS SPOUSES’ CLUB, ARMY ENGINEER MEMORIAL AWARD

    Merit-based scholarships of an unspecified value to Seniors pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited two- or four-year college/university, technical or vocational school are offered.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a sponsor, parent, or legal guardian who is a member of the Army Engineer Spouses’ Club and a sponsor, parent, or legal guardian who is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, reserve/national guard, retired or deceased) or current Department of the Army employee of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  Completed applications must include proof of dependency, extracurricular activities and achievements, SAT/ACT test scores, a transcript, and an essay 300 – 400 words) answering one of three questions: (1) What event has had the greatest impact on your life so far, and how do you think it will affect you in the future? (2) What do you think is the most pressing societal problem we have today?  How can you be an influence for change? (3) Describe how you have demonstrated leadership in your school, work, or community.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.armyengineerspouses.com/army-engineer-memorial-awards-aema.htmlCompleted applications are due 28 February 2018.

    ARMY ENGINEERS SPOUSES’ CLUB, NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

    The Geraldine Morris Award is a renewable merit-based scholarship of unspecified value for a Senior pursuing a nursing degree or certification from an accredited college or professional technical school.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a sponsor, parent, or legal guardian who is a member of the Army Engineer Spouses’ Club and a sponsor, parent, or legal guardian who is a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, reserve/national guard, retired or deceased) or current Department of the Army employee of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  Completed applications must include proof of dependency, extracurricular activities and achievements, SAT/ACT test scores, a transcript, and an essay.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.armyengineerspouses.comDeadline is 28 February 2018.

    AUTOMOTIVE AFTER MARKET SCHOLARSHIP

    Graduating Seniors planning to be full-time students at an accredited U.S. college/university or at an ASE/NATEF Certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty, or collision repair school are eligible for unspecified scholarships offered by several aftermarket organizations.  The completed online application must include at least one reference, a transcript, and a one-page essay about your career goals.  Applicants may include a link to an optional short video posted by the applicant on YouTube.  Get all the details and application link at www.automotivescholarships.com/apply_online.cfm or in Family Connection.  Completed applications are due 31 March 2018.

    BLACKS AT MICROSOFT (BAM) AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP

    BAM will award a scholarship up to $5,000 (renewable up to $20,000 total) to a Senior of African descent (African American, Ethiopian, African, or Black) planning to pursue a bachelors degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs at a four-year college or university in fall of 2018.  Applicants must have a 3.3 or better GPA, and demonstrate a passion for technology and leadership; and have financial need.   Completed applications must include a resume, a transcript, two recommendations (faculty and academic employment/community leadership), a photo, and two essays: (1) Describe how you plan to be engaged in the technology industry in your career (up to 500 words) and (2) Demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship (up to 250 words).  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/blacks-scholarships.aspxCompleted applications are due 1 March 2018.

    CHARLES J. COLGAN VIRGINIA AVIATION BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (VABA) SCHOLARSHIP

    VABA offers this $2,000 scholarship to a high school Senior, technical school student, or college student pursuing an aviation-related degree at an accredited institution.  Applicants must be Virginia residents and Seniors must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include two recommendations (one preferably from an aviation industry professional), an official transcript, proof of acceptance into an aviation-related post-secondary education program, and a 250-500-word essay discussing: (1) Why I wish to pursue a career in aviation, or (2) Why aviation is important to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Applications will be evaluated on academic performance (30%), essay (30%), recommendations (20%), and subjective (20%).  Although additional consideration is given to VABA members or family members of the VABA, membership is not required.  For details and application visit Family Connection or https://www.thevaba.org/scholarshipApplication must be received by 30 March 2018.

    ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION – LEGACY AWARDS

    The Elks offer four $4,000 ($1,000/year) awards in Virginia to Seniors who will attend an accredited U.S. American college or university.  Applicant must be a child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild or legal ward) of a living Elks member who joined the order on or before April 1, 2015, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2015 (and a paid-up member through March 31, 2018).  Applicants will be judged based on knowledge, charity, community, and integrity.  A completed application will include essays, ACT/SAT scores taken by 31 December 2017, and a transcript.  Award recipients will be required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years they are receiving the scholarship.  Applicants must register and apply online.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.elks.org.  Completed applications are due NLT 2 February 2018, at 11:59am Central Time.

    FONTANA TRANSPORT INC. SCHOLARS PROGRAM

    Fontana Transport Inc. awards Seniors a maximum $5,000 scholarship.  Priority will be given to first generation college prospects who are underrepresented, low income, and passionate about furthering their education as a means to help their family, community, and themselves.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, graduate from a U.S. high school, pursue a full-time undergraduate four-year degree in the Unites States and plan to study transportation management, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, pre-med, psychology, or Spanish language/literature.  Completed applications must include a transcript.  A letter of recommendation is optional but highly recommended.  Please visit www.fontanatransportincscholarsprogram.com or Family Connection.  Applications are due 14 March 2018.

    GOYA FOODS CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    Goya Foods offers up to four $5,000 scholarships (renewable) for incoming Freshmen majoring in Culinary Arts or Food Services full-time at an accredited two- or four-year institution of the student’s choice.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have DACA status and a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include an appraisal form, a transcript, proof of U.S. citizenship, residency or DACA status, and financial documents.  Recipients must be willing to complete 10 hours per month of community service.  Visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/goyaculinary/ or Family Connection for more information. Completed applications are due 15 February 2018.

    JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION

    Senior minority students are eligible for up to $30,000 paid over four years, a mentoring program, internship placement, and an annual 4-day mentoring/leadership conference.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate leadership potential, dedication to community service, financial need, and an SAT score greater than 1,000 or ACT score greater than 21.  Continued community service/facilitation will be required of winners.  The scholarship is designed to help pay for study to earn a first post-secondary degree at an accredited 4-year college or university.  Completed applications must include the online application, extracurriculars, official test scores, a recommendation, contact information for your recommender and your counselor, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing, and a high-resolution photo.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.jackierobinson.orgAll components of the application are due by 5 p.m. EST on 1 February 2018.

    JANICE M. SCOTT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

    $2,500 will be awarded to a Senior planning to study full-time at an accredited college/university within the U.S.  Qualified applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a 3.0 or better GPA, a family income below $50,000, and demonstrated leadership abilities through community services or other extracurricular activities.  Completed applications must include a completed application, an official transcript, a copy of the SAR from a FAFSA filing, a head and shoulders photo, and a 500-1000 word essay discussing one of two topics: (1) Describing his or her planned undergraduate study and how he or she plans to apply it upon graduation or (2) Who is your role-model (not a relative) and how has he or she influenced/impacted your life.   Details and application at https://jmscottmemorialfund.org/apply/Completed applications are due 31 March 2018.

    2018 MLK ORATORICAL CONTEST

    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter and the Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. offer writers/orators ages 14 – 18 a chance to review Dr. Martin Luther King’s Mountaintop speech, consider it in the historical context in which Dr. King operated, and address the thought-provoking key points/questions in an essay of 800 – 1,000 words that can be delivered orally in eight to ten minutes.  The top four essay-writers will present their essays competitively during the MLK Oratorical Contest on 13 January 2018.  Prizes are $500, $300, and $200.  The application includes excellent essay guidelines and oration information.  Visit the Career Center for a copy of the guidelines and application.  Essay submissions are due by 20 December.

    NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU OFFICERS’ SPOUSES CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

    This officers' spouses club provides both academic and need-based scholarships up to $1,000 to Seniors and currently enrolled full-time college students.  The applicant’s parent, spouse, or guardian must be either enlisted, officer or civilian, working for/assigned to, retired or deceased and formerly with the National Guard Bureau in the DMV area (VA/MD/DC).  Completed applications must include a completed application, extracurriculars, an official transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, a copy of DEERS enrollment form, and an original essay (~ 500 words) describing your personal and professional goals, plans for achieving those goals, and any special needs (if applicable.)  To be considered for the needs-assessment scholarship, include challenges you have overcome.  For more information and an application visit www.ngbosc.org/scholarships or Family Connection. Applications are due 1 April 2018.

    NATIONAL PRESS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP FOR JOURNALISM DIVERSITY

    The National Press Club offers Seniors a scholarship up to $2,000 for the first year of a four-year college or university with the possibility of renewal for up to three years at $2,500 per year thereafter.  The first year includes an additional $500 book stipend from the Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and plan to become a journalist who will bring diversity to U.S. journalism.  Applicants must provide up to 5 journalism samples, three recommendations, a transcript, FAFSA copy, a copy of your college acceptance letter, a description of how you have pursued journalism in high school, and a 500-word essay explaining how you will add diversity to U.S. journalism.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.press.org/about/scholarships/diversityThe deadline to submit 3 copies of all requested information is 1 March 2018.

    NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

    Multiple scholarships are offered to Seniors and college students based on merit and need.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizens who have been accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing.  Caroline E. Holt Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award given to three students; Mildred Nutting offers a one-time $2,000 award for two students, with a preference towards candidates from the Lowell, MA area; Madeline Pickett (Halbert) Cogswell Nursing, in the amount of $2,500, is awarded to two students who are members, descendants of members or eligible for membership into NSDAR.  Completed applications must include the application, an official transcript, 2 – 4 recommendations discussing the applicant’s ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential, and volunteer activities; a listing of extracurricular activities and achievements; a copy of U.S. citizenship document (birth certificate, naturalization papers, or the information page of your U.S. passport); a completed financial need form; a copy of your letter of acceptance into a nursing program (or college transcript showing enrollment), and a statement (up to 1,000 words) setting forth career objectives.  Visit https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/nursing-medical-scholarships or Family Connection for more details and forms.  Applications must be received by 15 February 2018.

    NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION RICHARD ELIZABETH DEAN SCHOLARSHIP

    Two merit scholarships of $5,000 each year for up to four years will be granted to graduating Seniors who are U.S. citizens and will continue their education at an accredited college/university.  Applicants must have a 4.0 or better GPA, and renewal is conditional upon maintenance of a GPA of 3.25.  Completed applications must include the application; an official transcript; 2 – 4 recommendations discussing the applicant’s ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential, and volunteer activities; listing of extracurricular activities and achievements; copy of U.S. citizenship document (birth certificate, naturalization papers, or the information page of U.S. passport); and a statement (up to 1,000 words) setting forth career objectives.  Visit https://www.dar.org/general-scholarship or Family Connection for more details and forms.  Applications must be received by 15 February 2018.

    NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION POLITICAL SCIENCE, HISTORY, GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS SCHOLARSHIPS

    The DAR offers multiple scholarships in political science, history, government, and economics.  The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship offers a $2,000 each year for up to four years with annual renewal opportunity based on a maintained 3.25 GPA and requires 24 credit hours in American History and American Government.  The Lucinda Beneventi Findley Historic Scholarship is a one-time $2,000 award to two graduating high school Seniors having demonstrated advanced interest in history, who are planning to major in history, and who have a minimum 3.25 GPA.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and no affiliation with VADAR or the National Society is required.  Completed applications must include the application, an official transcript, 2 – 4 recommendations discussing the applicant’s ability, work habits, integrity, character, potential, and volunteer activities; listing of extracurricular activities and achievements; copy of U.S. citizenship document (birth certificate, naturalization papers, info page of U.S. passport); and a statement (up to 1,000 words) setting forth career objectives.  Visit https://www.dar.org/general-scholarship or Family Connection for more details and forms.  Applications must be received by 15 February 2017.

    RICHARD G. ZIMMERMAN JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP

    Seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of 2018 and a career in journalism are eligible to apply for a scholarship of $5,000. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include: the application, three letters of recommendation, three work samples, a transcript, a copy  of your college acceptance letter, and a FAFSA copy.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.press.org/about/scholarships/zimmermanThe deadline to provide three copies of all required material is 1 March 2018.

    SEG FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

    The SEG Foundation awards Seniors planning studies directed toward a career in applied geophysics at a four-year college or university between $500-10,000, with an average award of $3,700.  Applicants must have above average grades and provide a transcript, contact information for recommenders, an online application, and an essay.   For more information, visit Family Connection or https://seg.org/ScholarshipsThe deadline is 1 March 2018.

    THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA **ESSAY CONTEST**

    Virginia Seniors who have been admitted to and plan to attend a four-year college or university in the Commonwealth of Virginia full-time are eligible for this contest.  Four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded for a 1,500 word essay discussing ideas important to Americans found in the Westmoreland Resolution that remain important today.  Essays will be judged on originality, organization, development, and style.  Citations must be included.  Details and an application are available in the Career Center.  Completed applications are due 16 March 2018.

    SPARC NEW VOICES FOR THE THEATER PLAYWRITING **COMPETITION**

    This competition provides an opportunity for Virginia students, grades 9 - 12, to work closely with professional theatre artists during a two week residency with the goal of bringing students’ original one-act plays to the stage.  Script submissions should be no longer than 20 pages or 25 minutes in length.  No musicals, screenplays or previously produced plays. Eight scripts will be accepted, and winning playwrights will be invited to attend the residency in Richmond June 30th – July 15th, 2018.  More information is available at http://www.sparconline.org/newvoicesCompleted applications are due 1 February 2018.

    STANZA TO INSPIRE MY FUTURE ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

    is offered by the Northern Virginia (NoVA) section of the National Council of Negro Women.  The competition is available to college-bound Seniors of African-American or of African descent who reside in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, or Falls Church and are planning to pursue studies at an accredited post-secondary institution for the 2018-19 academic year.  There are three scholarships: $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and provide information on extracurriculars, an official transcript, photo, short-answer essays, and an essay (500 – 525 words).  Visit http://novancnw.org/northern_virginia_nova_ncnw_section_scholarship.html for more information or Family Connection.  Completed applications are due 19 January 2018.

    U.S. JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL (JCI) SENATE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

    JCI grants $1,000 scholarships to graduating Seniors who are U.S. citizens and who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary college, university, or vocational school. Applications must include three references, a transcript, extracurriculars (including leadership/honors/awards), financial information, a copy of your college acceptance letter, and a personal statement (100 - 300 words).  For more information about the scholarship and specific formatting/submission requirements, visit Family Connection or www.usjcisenate.org/programs/scholarshipCompleted applications are due 5 January 2018.

    WTW ATHLETIC BOOSTER IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

     $1,500 will be awarded to a WTW graduating Senior who can articulate how his/her involvement with the WTW sports program has had a positive impact on his/her tenure at W.T. Woodson High School. Applicants do NOT have to be athletes and may be associated with athletics indirectly (enjoys watching WTW sports) or directly (an athlete, team manager, team photographer, etc.) Qualified applicants must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Fairfax County, have a 2.0 or better GPA, accepted to an institution of higher learning, demonstrate personal integrity, and will provide the essay described above. Completed application packets will include the essay as described in the application information page, a recommendation, and a copy of the letter of acceptance to your institution of higher learning. The application must be submitted via email as stated in the information page. Visit Family Connection to find the application information page and get ALL the details. All application pieces must be received by 3 pm on 1 May 2018.

    Compilations

    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.

    Workshops

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