WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

10 January 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
January 10, 2020

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 document 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.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  May 2020 be a wonderful year for you and yours.


Saturday, 11 January, 8 – 11:30 am, Café A & B - There is still time to register for the last Mock SAT/Mock ACT for this academic year.  Already participated in a Mock Test?  Not to worry—students will be given a NEW test each time!  The cost to register at the door is only $20.  Come a little early so you can get registered.


15 Jan 2020 , 5 – 8 pm – You will want to attend very important information sessions and chat with teachers about their class offerings.

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy classes are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).



After Winter Break, counselors will begin working with students to select classes for next year.  Students and their parents are encouraged to consider the courses that would be best for them.  Check out the courses online: 9th grade at https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/534/nocourselist/1/0/0 10th, 11th, and 12th grade at https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/534/nocourselist/0/0/0.

FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSES – FCPS Academy Open Houses will be held on the following dates:

Visit each academy online for additional information about their programs.


4 February 2020, 6 – 8:30 pm, George C. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA – FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting a gap year fair for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of gap year experiences available.  Attendees can expect to meet with over 40 gap year program representatives.  An informal presentation in the auditorium will be featured at 6 pm with the fair beginning in the cafeteria at 6:45 pm.  Admission is free, but registration is highly recommended.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs/schedule.  (Snow date is 7 February 2020.)



The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory offers two mentorship programs for high school students: one during the summer and one during the academic year.  The summer session runs from June – August and participants must commit to at least 6 weeks spending at least 25 hours/week with the program.  Orientations for the academic year begin in September and the program begins in October.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a 2.8 or better GPA.  Completed applications require a resume, transcript, a counselor form, two recommendations, and two 250-word essays.  Out-of-state applicants must provide proof of housing for this commuter program.  For more information and to apply, visit https://secwww.jhuapl.edu/stem/aspire/.  Applications for the summer session must be received by 15 February and received by 1 June for the academic year session.


21–25 June, Washington, DC – The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) provides a national program in which participants enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, meet with congressional representatives, tour museums, visit historic sites, and enjoy special events and entertainment.  Applicants must receive electricity at their home from NOVEC, and be a Sophomore or Junior.  A completed application requires two recommendations, resume information, and an essay up to 350 words.  Selected applicants will be required to provide a photo which will be taken at an interview held late February.  CAUTION: The application requires the applicant’s social security number.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm on 7 February.


20 January - C2 Education of Fairfax will provide free practice testing for the three common tests students take: ACT, SAT, and PSAT.  Participants will receive a free review of their practice tests.  Interested students need to register at https://www.c2educate.com/go/mlk-day/.

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMS These programs have a fee but are excellent windows into academy life.  Juniors who are considering an academy should consider applying to the appropriate summer program.



HSAP provides rising Juniors and Seniors with a chance to engage in authentic science and engineering research alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office.  Participants will earn $10/hour for up to 300 hours over 8 to 10 weeks, build experience in developing and presenting scientific research, develop an independent research program in preparation for research fellowships, graduate school, and careers in science and engineering, develop skills and background to prepare for competitive entry to science and engineering undergraduate programs, and benefit from the expertise of a scientist or engineer as a mentor for professional and engineering research.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents able to commit to their program.  The Virginia location is at Norfolk State University in Richmond.  For more information, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/hsap/Completed applications are due 29 February.


The American Fisheries Society sponsors the Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program which is a paid internship and mentoring program.  Hutton Scholars are Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who reside in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.  Once in the program, scholars are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional in their local area (30 – 45 min from home) to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.  Scholars are required to make mid-summer and final reports to complete the program.   For all the information, visit https://hutton.fisheries.org/about-us/ using the menu icon on the right side of the page to find everything and to apply.  Completed applications are due 16 February.



18 January, NOVA Manassas Campus, 10 am – 4 pm – Discover NOVA’s Fab Lab first-hand.  Enjoy hands-on activities with laser engraving, robotics, sewable circuitry, and more.  Visit https://www.nvcc.edu/systemic/fablab.html .  The lab is located in the Battleview Tech Building, 10500 Battleview Pkwy, 1st floor, Manassas, VA 20109.



Maahs & VanLahr PC is seeking a Junior or Senior to assist during tax season.  Learn what happens in an accounting firm during tax season as you scan all confidential documents that come with tax returns.  Applicants need to be dependable and able to maintain confidentiality.  The position will start early February through tax season with flexible scheduling.  Salary will be $10/hour.  Applicants need to contact Jennifer Musser at 703.691.8632 x 105 or at @email.  Maahs & VanLahr PC is located at 3911 Old Lee Hwy, Ste 43E, Fairfax, VA 22030. 


American Pool is hiring lifeguards to work in Northern Virginia pools for the 2020 summer.  Applicants must be at least 15 years old and can get Lifeguard Training at a $25 discount for the month of January.  Lifeguard positions offer flexible hours.  For more information and to apply, visit https://guardforlife.com/  Local office location is 6596 Fleet Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310 and you can email @email with questions.


Dynamic, fun, and motivated counselors 16 years of age or older are sought to join the Camp Achva team at the Northern Virginia Pozez JCC.  Counselors need to be comfortable working with a co-counselor to supervise a group of ten or more children, go on field trips each week or bi-weekly, swim in the pool and run around outside every day.  Ideal candidates will be able to work all summer with more than one camp.  Counselors are required to attend “Orientation Week.”  If you are interested in having a positive impact on the lives of children and peers, visit https://www.thej.org/camps/apply-now-summer-2020-join-our-camp-achva-staff/ for more information and to apply.



The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund Scholarship provides funds to Seniors and college students who are U.S. or Canadian citizens and who will be actively pursuing an education for a career in information and records management.  Students who will be enrolled in a 2-year program are eligible for $1,000 and if enrolled in a 4-year program are eligible for $2,000.  A completed application must include: a transcript, three recommendations, work experience, volunteer experience, financial information, and an essay (200-300 words ) describing how your educational pursuits will benefit your career in records and information management and how it will support and add value to an organization.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.alhef.org/scholarshipCompleted applications are due 1 May.


The University of the Automotive Aftermarket Foundation (UAF) administers various scholarships for college students or Seniors who plan to study full time at an accredited U.S. college or university or an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty, or collision repair school.  Requirements vary among 47 scholarship sponsors.  Some scholarships require state of residence, field of study, minimum GPA, additional recommendations, nomination, citizenship, and/or organization affiliation.  A completed application must include a transcript, one reference, honors and extracurriculars, work/volunteer/ community service experience, a 250-word personal story about your career goals and plans, an optional brief paragraph about a time you had to overcome an obstacle or a personal challenge, optional financial circumstances statement, and an optional 2-minute video on your career goals.  Media release is required of winners. For further information please see Naviance Student or https://www.automotivescholarships.com/scholarship.cfm.    Application is due 31 March. 


Goya Foods provides up to four $5,000 scholarships (renewable up to three years) to assist Seniors who will major in Culinary Arts or Food Services at an accredited two- or four-year college or university working towards their first degree.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, legal resident or DACA, have a 3.0 or better GPA, demonstrate financial need, and be willing to complete 10 hours/month of community service.  Applications will be assessed on academics, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, and a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, as well as any unusual personal or family circumstances.  A completed application must include a transcript, proof of citizenship/residency, an explanation of your financial situation or financial documents verifying your financial situation.  Applicants must register to view the application details.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/goyaculinary/Completed applications are due by 3 pm on 17 February.


Fisher House Foundation recognizes dependent, unmarried children under the age of 23 with a parent who has fallen in battle or become disabled through active military service since 11 September 2001.  Applicants must hold a military ID card and be enrolled in DEERS.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college/university, full-time, in the fall of 2020 to work for a Bachelor’s degree.  Completed applications must include a transcript, documents verifying death, eligibility to receive Traumatic Service Members Group Life Insurance, or disability, copies of sponsor’s DD214 or DD1300, and an essay of up to 500 words.   Applicants must be prepared to provide an award letter from their college/university, if requested.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://militaryscholar.org/legacy/apply.htmlCompleted applications are due 24 February.


The INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary will award eight scholarships of $3,000 to graduating Seniors residing or working in Fairfax County, or an employee/volunteer or dependent of an employee working at INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen planning to pursue their education in a clinical healthcare-related field at an accredited college/university or vocational school within the next year.  Completed applications must include a transcript, two recommendations, extracurriculars, community service and/or continuing programs, a written statement of financial need, and an essay (≤ 300 words) discussing your goals upon completing your education including how this scholarship will assist in attaining your goals.  Semifinalists will need to interview on Friday, 20 March and finalists will receive awards on 19 April.  Applications can be found in Naviance Student and in the Career Center.  Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on 28 February.


The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years for first-time, post-high school education at a two- or four-year college/university or a career and technical school.  Applicants must be children of active duty, reserve, veterans of U.S. Marines or U.S. Navy Corpsmen attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or were killed while serving.  Applicants must have a 2.0 or better GPA and plan to attend a post-secondary school listed in the College Navigator.  Unless there are special circumstances, family adjusted gross income for the 2019 tax year cannot exceed $103,000 to qualify.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.mcsf.org/apply/Completed applications are due 3 March.


The Navy Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, D.C. provides merit scholarships to dependent Senior children of active duty, activated reservists, and retired/deceased USN service members.  The service member must reside within the NAVAL District of Washington (NDW, including Fairfax County).  Applicants must reside within NDW, be a U.S. citizen, and possess a valid military dependent ID.  Applicants must demonstrate scholastic achievement, school involvement, and community engagement.  A completed application must include sponsor’s information, a transcript, extracurricular activities, leadership, work/volunteer experience, a high school information sheet completed by your counselor, a recommendation, a signed privacy statement, a signed publicity statement, and an essay (500 words) in which you describe your experience of how being a Navy dependent has helped you to deal with difficult issues in your life.  What are some of the benefits and/or challenges?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or at https://www.noscdc.org/resources/Documents/Scholarships/2020%20NOSCDC%20High%20School%20Scholarship%20Application.pdfCompleted applications are due 1 April.

QUALIFIED HARDWARE’S SCHOLARSHIP – Qualified Hardware provides a $1,000 scholarship to Seniors and college students who will be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college/university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, submit proof of enrollment/acceptance, and write a 1,000-word essay discussing your educational journey so far.  Explain how your dedication and hard work have impacted your grades and life.  Seniors need to provide information on their current school.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.qualifiedhardware.com/scholarship/Completed applications are due 15 March.


500 scholarship grants of $2,000 will be awarded to dependents of U.S. military members, at least one for each commissary, to be used for full-time study during the 2020-21 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college/university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and recipients are selected for academic achievement; participation in school, community, and volunteer activities; work experience; and essay content.  A completed application must include a transcript, a copy of applicant’s military ID card, a parent affidavit, and an essay up to 500 words.  Applicants must register to discover all details in the application.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.htmlCompleted applications are due 24 February.


SEMA offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to Seniors and college students with a passion for an automotive career who are U.S. citizens with a 2.5 or better GPA.  Applicants must plan to study at a college/university or career and technology school in the U.S. pursuing a degree or certificate that leads to a career in an automotive field.  A completed application must include a transcript or technical training progress report; at least one recommendation from your teacher, employer, or mentor (more are recommended); responses to three short-answer questions, and a statement of purpose (≤ 500 words) discussing What type of work do you envision yourself doing in the automotive space?  For more information and an application, visit Naviance Student or https://www.sema.org/scholarships/Completed applications are due 1 March. 


UNCF provides a total of up to $25,000 ($2,500 for Freshman and Sophomore years, $5,000 for Junior and Senior years, $5,000 if the STEM program requires a 5th year and an extra $5,000 stipend for a STEM-related project/internship) as well as academic support/mentoring and access to entrepreneurial training to African-American Seniors who demonstrate unmet financial need and are planning to pursue STEM careers by earning STEM degrees.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, legal resident, or national; have a 3.0 or better GPA, and be pursuing a rigorous course of study in high school in math and science courses including pre-calculus.  A completed application must include contact information for a recommendation from a STEM sponsor/mentor, leadership, community service, and completed application essays discussing (1) When faced with academic challenges in learning either a new concept or subject matter, what strategies do you use to learn the new material?  (2) Imagine yourself twenty years from now.  What do you envision yourself doing, and how is it related to what you are learning now?  How will your future work benefit your community, society, and this world?  (3) How does your interest in STEM as an African American/Black student influence and impact your decision to pursue a career in STEM?  (4) How do you plan to use your STEM degree to give back to the community?  Finalists will need to provide their SAR from their FAFSA filing.  CAUTION:  This application requires all applicants to provide their social security number.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/1db5d542-4b11-42b1-adee-c142fc0dea43.  Applicants must register to see all application details.  Completed applications are due 19 March.


The Natural Wood Association offers $1,000 to a Senior planning to study forestry, environmental science, or natural resources at a four-year college/university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, either a 25 or better ACT score or an 800 or better SAT score.  Completed applications must include a transcript, proof of test scores, a teacher recommendation, proof of acceptance into a required field of study, a resume including activities, awards, leadership, community service, and any work experience.  An essay (500 – 750 words) discussing How does the study of forestry benefit the wood flooring industry? must also be submitted.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.nwfa.org/Wood Studies Scholarship Application Updated 4.18.pdfCompleted applications are due 1 April.


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.




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


Discover financial aid information sessions, 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.