WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

1 September 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 01, 2017

Disclaimer: All information is provided as a courtesy to organizations and to our students. These opportunities are not necessarily vetted or endorsed by Woodson High School or its employees. Applicants and respondents should know about the organizations with which they are dealing before providing personal information.

Important Information

Welcome Back!!

This is the first edition of the 2017-2018 College and Career Center Weekly Newsletter.  It promises to be packed with lots of great information that will be useful to you.  Please read it weekly so you can be in the know!

Senior Parent Night

6 September, 7 pm, WT Woodson Auditorium.  Get all the information needed to support your senior in the post-secondary search and application process. Although this presentation is focused on Seniors and their parents, all are welcome.

Testing Resources

For free SAT and ACT information and test practice resources, visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/blog?q=features&field_term_blog_topic_target_id=21

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.

College Open Houses

Be sure to check your colleges of interest for their campus open house schedule.  Sign up for their mailing list to receive information.  Most of these open houses require advance registration, and many fill up early.

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:

Washington and Lee University………Sunday 10 September, 2:30 pm Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles 14750 Conference Center Dr, Chantilly, VA 20151

Carnegie Mellon University ………….Tuesday, 12 September, 7:30 pm Westin Tysons Corner 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043 Registration required at http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/information-sessions-in-a-city-near-you or at 412.268.2082

Massachusetts Institute of Technology...  Tuesday, 10 October, 7 pm Fairfax High School, Auditorium http://mitadmissions.org/visit/travel

Special Programs (FREE or Very Affordable)*

Princeton University Creative Arts & Humanities Symposium

13 - 15 October.  Princeton University will be inviting 100 high school Seniors to spend a weekend on their campus to study and attend workshops alongside their faculty.  Activities include an address by French and Italian professor Christy Wampole, dinner and conversation with award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid, and other opportunities to engage in the creative arts and humanities with Princeton faculty.  Woodson may nominate one Senior who has shown a strong interest in the arts and humanities for possible participation in this all-expense paid opportunity (including travel and lodging).  Interested students should submit a resume and a two-paragraph essay stating why you would be a match for this program to Ms. Ishii in the Career Center, no later than 8:10 am, Friday, 8 September.  If you have any questions about the program, see Ms. Ishii in the Career Center.

Davidson College Multicultural Visit Program (MVP)

15 - 17 October.  Davidson's MVP is designed to provide high school Seniors from traditionally under-represented groups the opportunity to visit campus. Only students who have not been on an official visit may be selected for the program.  Selected students will arrive Sunday afternoon and stay on campus with a current Davidson student for two nights. Participants will attend classes and should plan to return home Tuesday afternoon. Davidson will cover the direct expenses associated with the visit to campus including airfare to/from your home airport, ground transportation in Charlotte to/from campus, meals during the visit, and overnight accommodations.  The final application deadline is 11 September, however, applications submitted at the 28 August priority deadline are already being reviewed.  For application requirements and to apply, visit http://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/plan-a-visit/open-house-programs/multicultural-visitation-program.   Applicants will need to upload a recent transcript, senior schedule, and standardized test scores.  For additional information, contact Stacey Cook at stcook@davidson.edu.

Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience

19 - 20 October (Engineering Experience), 26 - 27 October (Arts & Sciences Experience).  This overnight fly-in program is for prospective high school Senior applicants from varied backgrounds including, but not limited to, students of color, first-generation college-bound students, students from low-income backgrounds, LGBT students, students from rural communities, and any student interested in learning more about diversity at Tufts.  Voices participants will stay with a current undergraduate student and interact with students, faculty, and staff.  All meals are provided and travel assistance is available to students for whom the trip would present financial difficulty.  To be considered, students should apply at http://admissions.tufts.edu/voices.  The application includes a short essay, a recent academic transcript, and a letter of support from their school counselor.  Applicants desiring travel assistance need to apply by 4 October.   The application deadline for Engineering Voices is 5 pm on 3 OctoberFor Arts & Sciences Voices, all application materials must be received by 5 pm on 11 October.

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

Enrichment Opportunity

National Gallery of Art -  Museum Makers: Exploring Art and Museums (formerly High School Seminar)

Seven Saturday sessions (14, 21, 28 October, 11, 18 November, and 2, 9 December), 10 am – 3 pm.  The Museum Makers program offers high school students with an affinity for art tools for experiencing, understanding, and interpreting art.  In the process, participants will gain an insider’s view of how an art museum works.  Students must be sponsored by a teacher and have taken one or more studio art or art history classes at the high school level.  The student application and sponsoring teacher’s materials must be submitted by 5 pm, 22 September.  For application requirements and to apply, visit https://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/teachers/high-school-programs/museum-makers.html.

Volunteer Opportunities *

Adapted Sports Program

The Jewish Community Center’s Adapted Sports program is seeking volunteer buddies to assist in their programs this fall.  The Adapted Sports program offers a variety of sports and recreational activities to individuals ages 5-18 with special needs.  Fall basketball and soccer program volunteers are needed to assist the coach and participants with follow through of skills/activity, socialization, engagement, and making sure all are having fun.  Indoor Basketball at the JCC will meet on Saturdays from 3:15 - 4:00 pm and 4:15 - 5:00 pm 14 October - 9 December (7 weeks; no practice 3 and 25 November).  Outdoor TOPSoccer at Sprague Center will meet on Sundays from 4 - 5 pm 10 September - 29 October (no practice 8 October).  For more information and to volunteer, contact Aryn Cahen, JCC Special Needs Support Coordinator, at 703.537.3035 or aryn.cahen@jccnv.org. (Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA.)

Virginia Tech Maker Festival

28 October, Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, Virginia.   The Virginia Science Festival is seeking volunteers at least 15 years old to assist in a variety of capacities including set-up, tear-down, activity tables, and floaters.  Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one 4-hour shift, and meals are provided for each shift.  Volunteer applications are due no later than 24 September.  For more information including detailed descriptions of volunteer positions and the application, visit http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vtmaker/volunteers.html.  For questions, contact Carolyn Darville at carolyn5@vt.edu.

*Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/volunteering.

Employment Opportunities *

After School Program Help Sought

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is seeking students who are energetic, reliable, trustworthy, and who enjoy working with kids to assist in their after school programs.  Shifts are 3 -6 pm, and they are asking that applicants commit to three or more days per week.  Pay rate is determined by various criteria, including prior work experience in an after school program.  Counselors will assist a “Senior Counselor” in all aspects of the program including set-up, snacks, games, homework help, swimming, and clean-up.  Visit http://www.jccnv.org/clientuploads/BASE/2017-2018%20Forms/17-18%20BASE%20Staff%20Application.pdf to apply.  For questions, contact Tim Fuir, School-Age Services and Day Camps Program Manager at 703.537.3041 or tim.fuir@jccnv.org.

Papa John’s: Fairfax/GMU

Papa John’s is seeking part-time help after school and on weekends.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old.  For more information and to apply, call 703.352.0700 or stop by the store to speak with the store manager.  Papa John’s, 9929 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031.

* Employment Opportunity Listing - available at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2156.


Exceptional Military Families Summit

16 September 9 am – 1:30 pm, Mount Vernon High School, 8515 Old Mt. Vernon Rd., Alexandria, VA, Entrance 4 or 6. Fairfax County Public Schools Parent Resource Center is sponsoring this summit for parents to gather information and learn more about the resources and opportunities for military families of students with special needs in Fairfax County Public Schools.  There will be presentations from Career and Transition Services, School Counseling Services, School Psychology Services, School Social Work Services, Special Education Instruction, and Special Education Procedural Support.  Families may also visit an exhibit hall with exhibitors from military organizations, community partners, and a host of FCPS offices.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 and scroll down to the Exceptional Military Families Summit.

New Scholarships


The ALLEGRA FORD SCHOLARSHIP offers a one-time, $2,500 scholarship to a Senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who is committed to and will be enrolled, for the fall of 2018, in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD.  (Students attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program are not eligible.)  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen with a 3.0 or better GPA, provide current documentation of an identified learning disability, participate in school and community activities, articulate his/her challenges, recognize the need for self-advocacy, demonstrate perseverance and commitment to achieving personal goals, be a role model and plan to contribute to society by increasing opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications include: the application form, a high school transcript, a personal statement, standardized test scores, three recommendations, disability documentation, and financial information.  For more information and details, visit https:www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/ or Family Connection. Complete application packets are due 6 November.


The ANNE FORD SCHOLARSHIP will award $2,500 (renewable for four years) to a graduating Senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled, in the fall of 2018, in a full-time bachelor’s degree program. Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, articulate their learning disability, recognize the need for self-advocacy, be committed to completing a four-year college degree, have begun to set realistic career goals, participate in school and community activities, plan to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues, excel as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with LD, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications will include current documentation of an identified learning disability and current financial information.  Applicants must also provide a completed application including: personal achievements and activities, a personal statement, three recommendations, standardized test scores, a transcript, and a financial statement.  For more information and details, visit www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/ and Family Connection. Complete application packets are due 6 November.


The CAMERON IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP is offering to Seniors (class of 2018) approximately 10 to 15 scholarships to cover 4-years of college ($20,000 - $50,000 per year).  Applicants must have an unweighted GPA of 3.7 or better, be a U.S. Citizen, and plan to enroll in a full-time Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university. Applicants must excel in a broad variety of extracurricular activities, be motivated leaders with a strong work ethic and social acumen, and demonstrate active participation in community service and in civic-minded arenas.  Completed applications will include applicant’s unweighted GPA, transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, AP courses and test scores, and planned major.  All parts of the application must be submitted online by the deadline, including two (2) recommendations, and essays.  Visit www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org/ or Family Connection for more details and the online application. Completed applications are due 15 September.


COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM - will award up to $20,000 in achievement-based scholarships to Seniors with a capacity to lead and serve who demonstrate commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.  Applicants must be current high school students in the U.S. (or select DoD schools).  A qualified applicant is a U.S. citizen, national, permanent resident, refugee, Asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, or humanitarian parolee with a 3.0 or better GPA at the end of the Junior year who is planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.  Scholars are well-rounded students who excel academically, are actively involved in their school - passionate, service-oriented with a sustained commitment to bettering their community.  The application requires a listing of grades, school, community, and/or employment leadership activities, and corresponding leadership positions, honors and awards.  Additional submissions include: a transcript, school profile, counselor and principal contact information.  The foundation accepts only online applications during the initial application phase.  If selected for the next phase, applicants will have to answer a biographical questionnaire and provide an official transcript, essays, and recommendations.  Specific application information can be found once the applicant creates an account.  For more information and an application, visit www.coca-colascholars.org or Family Connection.  Applications are due NLT 31 October.


The LONDON METAL ROOFING SCHOLARSHIP is open to students who are currently registered for or enrolled in a university, junior college, or community college who are at least 18 years old. This is a $500 scholarship.  Applicants may apply in the fall and spring for a total of $1,000.  Applicants must be legal residents for either the U.S. or Canada, and have a 2.5 or better GPA,  and provide a written essay (750 – 1000 words) relating to a product or service offered by London Metal Roofing.   Scholarship winners will be chosen based on submitted essays.  Proof of registration and GPA may be required.  Visit http://www.londonmetalroofing.ca/scholarship for more information and the essay submission form.  Two submission deadlines: Fall: 15 September 2017 and Spring: 12 January 2018.


THE HERB BLOCK SCHOLARSHIP offers multiple need-based scholarships to metro DC students with financial need who have not yet earned more than 40 credits towards a degree and wish to continue their studies at one of the participating community colleges including NVCC. The scholarship is a “last dollar” award that will take into account all other financial aid awards the student receives by providing up to $8,000 per year, not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship.  The scholarship is renewable for up to five years or the maximum value. The award can be used for tuition, books and supplies, limited transportation, and child care. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen/national, permanent resident alien, have been granted DACA status by US Customs & Immigration Service, or qualify for in-state tuition under the Maryland Dream Act.  Also, applicants must have high academic performance, complete required essays, provide two recommendations, and a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) or copies of tax returns. Visit www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships or Family Connection for more details.  Don’t delay, this is a two-part application. The application deadline is 10 November for Spring of 2018 awards.


HISPANIC HERITAGE YOUTH AWARDS offer Latino Seniors who are graduating from an accredited high school in the Spring of 2018 numerous grants between $1,000-$3,000. Additional eligibility requirements include: unweighted GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale), be of Hispanic Heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines), plan to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year higher education institution, and be a permanent resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen, or eligible Non-Citizen.  Award categories include: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media and Entertainment, and Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematical (STEM). Three recipients are selected for each region (see site for details); applicant may apply to as many categories as they wish but only within one region. Award recipients will be honored during 10 regional ceremonies and receive grants for their education or for an idea or project to impact their communities, and funneled into the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program as they attend college and enter their careers.  If selected, attending the regional ceremony is absolutely mandatory.  (Travel to the regional ceremony will be at the recipient's expense.)  All recipients are also eligible to be selected as a national recipient; national recipients receive a laptop computer, and an all-expense paid trip to be recognized at the National Youth Awards ceremony. Applicants must create an account and submit a Youth Awards (YA) application online, complete a letter of recommendation request and GPA verification form, and answer YA essay questions (250 words maximum each). For details and more information, visit Family Connection or http://hispanicheritage.org/programs/leadership/youth-awards/.   Deadline to apply is 2 October.


The HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP provides tiered scholarship opportunities, including 1020 scholarships worth up to $2,500, 650 scholarships up to $10,000, and 106 scholarships at $25,000.  Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens who are Seniors graduating in the spring/summer of 2018.  Applicants must be committed to earning a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit institution in the U.S. and may begin at a two- or four-year college.  Applicants must demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity as well as critical financial need.  Family income must be $55,000 or less and applicants must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA.  Successful applicants must be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.  Applicants must create an online account for the application and required supplemental information.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the scholarship pages before applying.  All forms must be submitted to be eligible.  Do not wait until the last minute, because this application will take time to complete.  For details and more information, visit www.horatioalger.org or Family Connection.  The completed scholarship application deadline is 25 October.  


NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION (NESA) ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS will award numerous scholarships to eligible Eagle Scouts in their Senior year based on school and scouting participation, academic performance, and financial need.  Awards may be used at college or vocational trade schools and approved programs, but not at U.S. Service Academies.  Applicant must be a current member of the National Eagle Scout Association and have a minimum 1800 SAT score (if taken before January 2016) 1290 (if taken after March 2016) or 28 ACT score.  The Mabel and Lawrence S. Cooke scholarships are awarded annually and include four $25,000 scholarships (payable at $6,250 per year), one $48,000 scholarship (up to $12,000 payable for four years), a varying number of $2,500 Cooke scholarships a varying number of $3,000 NESA scholarships, plus a varying number of others.  Applications must be submitted online.  For more information and to apply, visit www.nesa.org/scholarships.html  or Family Connection. Applications are due 31 October.


The NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION (NESA) ACADEMIC (STEM) SCHOLARSHIP offers one academic scholarship to Seniors called the $50,000 NESA STEM scholarship (up to $12,500 payable for four years) to an applicant who plans to major in a science, technology, engineering, or math field.  Awards may be used at college or vocational trade schools and approved programs, but not at U.S. Service Academies.  Applicant must be a current member of the National Eagle Scout Association and have a minimum 1800 SAT score (if taken before January 2016) 1290 (if taken after March 2016) or 28 ACT score.  Applications only be submitted online.  For more information and to apply, visit www.nesa.org/scholarships.html#  or Family Connection. Completed applications are due 31 October.


NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT ASSOCIATION (NESA) MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to graduating Eagle Scouts (or college Freshman/Sophomore).  This award is based on school and scouting participation, character, and community service.  Applicants may win a merit scholarship only once. There are multiple awards from $2,500 - $5,000.  All applicants must be members of the National Eagle Scout Association.  Awards may be used at college or vocational trade schools and approved programs, but not at U.S. Service Academies.  For more information and to apply, visit www.nesa.org/scholarships.html# or Family Connection.  Application packets are due 31 October.


The QUEST BRIDGE NATIONAL COLLEGE MATCH program matches selected Seniors with one of 39 Quest Bridge partner universities to cover full cost of tuition, room and board at the matched four-year university.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending high school in the U.S.  They must meet the admission requirements of a partner college, be in the top 5 or 10% of their class (mostly A’s in most challenging courses), have a minimum SAT of 1310 or ACT of 28, and family annual income (for a family of four) must be less than $65,000.  Successful applicants demonstrate strong a personal character and sense of responsibility and be involved in extracurricular activities.  Read the application carefully!.  Completed applications include an essay and recommendations.  For more details, visit www.questbridge.org or Family Connection.  Application deadline is 27 September. 

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellowship

Artists can use the summer to prepare a submission for this $4,000 fellowship available to a Senior graduating in December of 2017 or Spring of 2018 and to college students.  Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards ($2,000 for undergraduate students) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2017. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., legal Virginia residents as outlined in the scholarship details, and paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia College, University, or school of the arts. Applicants must upload a resume, prepare sample works for submission, compete the sample submission form, and include a transcript. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors, and awards and are made based on artistic merit. Applicants may apply in one of the following disciplines: Crafts, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Film/Video, or New/Emerging Media. Completed applications will include work samples, a resume, a transcript, and an artistic statement of no more than 200 words about your work.  Visit http://vmfa.museum/programs/college/visual-arts-fellowships/ or Family Connection for details.  Read all the rules and submission guidelines. The complete application must be submitted by 5 pm on 3 November.


U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM – was established by a U.S. Senate Resolution.  Two outstanding student leaders interested in pursuing careers in public service from each state experience national government in action from 3 – 10 March 2018.  The Hearst Foundations provides all transportation, hotel and meal expenses for this opportunity.  In addition, each delegate receives a $10,000 scholarship to pursue coursework in history and political science.  Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of the U.S with parents who are legal residents of Virginia.   and either ”Juniors or Seniors currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations: student body president, vice president, secretary or student council representative, student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to a district, regional, or state-level civic and/or educational organization.”  Applicants must also demonstrate leadership ability, high scholastic standing and demonstrated ability to achieve, clear speech and logical thought processes, community involvement, and participation in extracurricular activities.  Interested students need to submit a resume and statement showing why they are a match for this program.  If chosen as our W.T. Woodson nominee, you will have to take a test demonstrating your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and government, including government officials.  Statement and resume are due in the Career Center NLT Monday, 11 September.  Learn more about the program at https://ussenateyouth.org/.


Class of 2018 athletes who will attend an accredited college/university in the U.S. may be eligible.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, be proven leaders and role models through involvement in and service to school and community.  Applicants must also participate in at least one of the 47 school sponsored sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.  One male and one female will receive a $1,000 scholarship at the state level (90 total).  Ten finalists (five male and five female) from the five geographic Heisman regions will be invited to the Wendy’s High School Heisman Weekend in NYC.  Eight will receive a $5000 scholarship, and two will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be recognized during an ESPN national telecast.  Applicants must provide personal information including academic performance, athletic achievements, community involvement, and answer essay questions designed to provide supporting information about their achievements.  A school official must review/certify information.  Carefully read about the application process before beginning.  There are multiple parts to the application.  Get all the details and apply at https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/Application, part 1, must be completed before 2 October.  Applicants are urged to complete their application prior to the deadline to provide adequate time for your reviewer to complete his/her task.

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.