WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

10 November 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 10, 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

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY ON-SITE ADMISSIONS

6 December.  Longwood University will visit WTW to make admission decisions as you wait.  Discover if you are admitted or what you can do to be more admissible without leaving WTW.  To participate visit the Career Center by Tuesday, 28 November and

  1. Give Mrs. Ishii a Transcript Release Form releasing your transcript to Longwood University
  2. Print your test scores in the Career Center with Mrs. Ishii
  3. A recommendation is not required, but may help.  If you want a recommendation to be considered, have your recommender get the recommendation to Mrs. Ishii NLT 4 December.  (Ask recommender ASAP.  It takes time to write a good recommendation.)
  4. Applying to Longwood University before 28 November would be good but is not required.  A formal application must be submitted online within three days of your interview if accepted.

FEDERAL STUDENT AID ANNOUNCEMENT

IRS Get Transcript Online Unavailable for New Users  – If your FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution has an asterisk(*) beside it you have been selected for verification.  Begin now to be ready if selected for verification. One verification document is the IRS Tax Transcript.  “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently suspended, for new users, the availability of the Get Transcript Online service, which provides an immediate PDF version of a tax transcript.  Users who had already established an account with the IRS for using this service are still able to log in to the Get Transcript Online service.  While there is no estimate for how long the tool may be unavailable to new users, Federal Student Aid is in communication with the IRS and understands that they are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, several other methods to obtain a transcript from the IRS, including the IRS Get Transcript by Mail (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript), are available as an alternative for those FAFSA applicants needing to obtain an IRS tax transcript for use in the verification process.”

INFORMATION ON MILITARY FAMILIES’ BENEFITS

Want to know about the GI Bill?  Want to know about transferring benefits to dependents?  Get the best answers in English and/or Spanish from the Veterans Administration at https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/factsheets.asp#BM4.

DON’T FORGET

ASVAB TESTING AT WTW

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.

RADFORD UNIVERSITY ON-SITE ADMISSIONS

7 December.  Radford University will visit WTW to share admission decisions face-to-face.  Discover if you are admitted or what you can do to be more admissible without leaving WTW.  To participate:

  1. Submit your Transcript Release Form to Student Services, ASAP.
  2. Have your testing agency (ACT or College Board) send your test scores to Radford, ASAP.
  3. Apply to Radford University by 20 November 2017.
  4. Register your desire to meet at our on-site admissions session with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by 28 November.
  5. Visit the Career Center to print your SAT/ACT test score report by 1 December.

WEST POINT LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS CONFERENCE

The West Point Society of DC is hosting the 11th Annual West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference for the National Capital Region.  This conference provides a leadership development experience that enhances participants’ ability to make better decisions as they confront ethical challenges in school and beyond.  WTW is allowed to nominate four Juniors who are outstanding student leaders (two male and two female) who have at least a 3.5 or better GPA.  WTW Juniors who wish to join this conference on 15 March need to provide a brief statement explaining how they are a good match for this opportunity and a resume to the Career Center by 3 pm on Monday, 20 November.

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.

Dates & Location Bring if you are completing the FAFSA on-site

Annandale High School

Mount Vernon High School – Library

Hayfield Secondary School - Career Center

Stuart High School

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

U.S. ARMY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

June-August 2018 (Dates vary by location) – The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) matches practicing Department of Defense (DoD) scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with first-hand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories. SEAP students work with their mentors, Army scientists and engineers, to gain hands-on experience in a professional research setting. SEAP provides students with the opportunity to learn how STEM research can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. At the end of the SEAP apprenticeship, students prepare and present final reports based on their research experience. All SEAP students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are awarded an educational stipend ($2,000 for first-year students).  SEAP is offered at various Army Laboratory locations throughout the country including the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD and the Geospatial Research Laboratory in Alexandria, VA.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and each program has an age requirement.  Visit www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/seap/ for more details and to apply.  The application window closes 28 February 2018

U.S. ARMY RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (REAP)

Summer 2018 (Dates vary by location) – REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically under-represented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5 - 8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend.  Apprenticeships are available at Johns Hopkins University, Stevenson University, Morgan State, University of Maryland-Baltimore, and other locations across the U.S.  The application window closes 28 February 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/reap/.

STEAMFITTERS’ APPRENTICESHIP IN HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING, and REFRIGERATION PROCESS PIPING AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM FIELDS

The Washington DC Joint Steamfitting Apprenticeship Committee will be accepting applications in IN PERSON ONLY in 2018.  Testing will be done on the same day application is submitted.  Applications will be accepted at the Maryland location at 8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Landover, Maryland on the following dates and times only: 

  • Tuesday, 2 January from 8 – 11 am;
  • Wednesday, 3 January 8 – 11 am; and
  • Friday, 5 January, 8 – 11 am. 

Applications will be accepted at the Virginia location at 7552 Accotink Park Road in Springfield, VA on the following dates and times: 

  • Monday, 8 January from 8 – 11 am;
  • Wednesday, 10 January from 8 am – 11 am;
  • Friday, 12 January from 8 am – 11 am. 
For more information about the application process, email info@602training.org or call the office at 301.341.1555.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

AEROSOLES SHOE STORE

Aerosoles is now hiring sales and stock associates for the holiday season and offers set schedules, short shifts, great product discounts, and a competitive hourly rate.  Store locations are Fairfax Corner (703.830.3548) and the Leesburg Premm Outlet (703.777.1006).   Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. 

TARGET

Target in Merrifield, VA is now hiring seasonal help.  Stop by the store or email t2790.hr2@target.com to set up interview times with an HR specialist.  Hours are flexible, no minor is scheduled past 9:30 pm, and starting pay is $11/hr.  Employees will also receive a Target merchandise discount.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – BLOOMQUIST FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

The Bloomquist Family offers a one-time $5,000 scholarship to a graduating Senior from Fairfax County Public Schools who will attend a college or professional/technical school full time in the fall of 2018.  Applicants must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate financial need with SAR documentation and an expected family contribution of $1,500 or less, and shown through sustained involvement in family, school, and/or community that s(he)has made an "above and beyond" significant difference.  An essay of 350 words discussing how you have made a difference is required.  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  All finalists will be interviewed.  Application requirements include: an online application, a transcript, test scores, a resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicants name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Application and all details can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41221-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018. 

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – CRAYONS TO CAREERS SCHOLARSHIP

One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who started Fairfax County Public Schools in either Head Start or FECEP and continued the majority/all of his/her education in FCPS (grades 9 through 12 must have been completed in FCPS).  Applicants must be continuing their education at any accredited post-secondary 2- or 4-year institution.  Application requirements include: an online application, a transcript, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants must also submit an essay responding to the question: How did attending FECEP/Head Start positively impact your subsequent educational experience?  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Application and all details can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41215-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018. 

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – FAIRFAX EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Senior who has successfully completed his Board of Review for the rank of Eagle Scout by 16 February, has a 3.0 or better GPA, and has unmet financial need (expected family contribution of $2,500 or less).  Completed applications include an essay of 250 words discussing: How has the Eagle Scout Award prepared me for the future, and what is my obligation to my community?  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged. Other application requirements include: online application, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, proof of rank attainment, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41223-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection for details and an application.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX –THE JAMES H. DILLARD, II SCHOLARSHIP

One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Senior who plans to become a public school teacher, preferably in the areas of History or Social Studies.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, plan a major in education, and provide an essay of 300 words describing why you want to become a public school teacher and, if applicable, why you are interested in the subject areas of History or Social Studies.  If you are not interested in teaching History or Social Studies, what subject area are you interested in and why?  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged. Other application requirements include: online application, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, proof of rank attainment, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Application and all details can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41224-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – KENDRICK NEW TRAJECTORY SCHOLARSHIP

One $20,000 scholarship will be awarded over 4 years: $2,000 the Freshman year, $4,000 the Sophomore year, $6,000 the Junior year, and $8,000 the Senior year.  The winner will have demonstrated the drive, dedication and work ethic to establish a new trajectory that departs from a historical baseline of poor academic achievement (e.g. from C's and D's to A's and B's) between freshman/sophomore years and Junior/Senior years.  Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in the field(s) of Business, Health Care, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) or other related professional field.  Students are required to have an Expected Family Contribution of $0-$5000, as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report.  An essay of 250 words or less explaining your change in focus and how this scholarship will help you achieve your future goals.  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  Application requirements include: online application, acceptance at 4 year college/university, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  An interview is also required.  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Application and all details can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41225-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – LAST DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to Seniors with unmet, financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA Student Aid Report showing an expected family contribution of $1,500 or less. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, and provide an essay of 250 words describing an experience in your life that demonstrates that you have the determination necessary to achieve your goals.  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  Application requirements include: online application, acceptance at 4 year college/university, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41219-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection for the application and all details.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – LESLIE KENT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to Seniors who are the first in their family to attend college and who have an expected family contribution of $0-$5,000 as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, provide an essay ≤ 250 words discussing: What are your plans for giving back to your community upon graduation from college?  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  Application requirements include: online application, acceptance at 4 year college/university, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41226-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection for the application and all details.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – SHARIFA ALKHATEEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an FCPS Senior with a current GPA of 3.0 or better, who has been accepted to a four-year college/university and can document at least one of the following three things: completed at least one year of Arabic in FCPS, or maintained a successful track record organizing social service events and activities for those in need such as domestic violence victims, the homeless, etc. or undertaken activities which emphasize public service and civic activism.  The completed application will include an essay of 300 words on one of two topics: (1) How will you integrate your knowledge of Arabic into your future goals?  (2) Describe the various types of social service activism in which you have participated and what are your plans for such work in the future?  An optional personal statement giving the reviewing committee better insight into you and your experiences is encouraged.  Application requirements also include: online application, acceptance at four-year college/university, test scores, resume of activities and experience, two recommendations, transcript, and a copy of the SAR (generated by FAFSA).  Applicants grant permission to use applicant’s name, likeness, high school, and college history in presentations and publications.  Application and all details can be found at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/41217-College-Access-Fairfax or Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due 16 February 2018.

COOL CODE AWARDS **CONTEST**

The third annual Cool Code Awards is a coding competition for students, elementary through high school, in the Northern Virginia region.  Individuals or teams are invited to build an app, game, web tool, or cool gadget that runs on Raspberry, Arduino, or other related micro-computing devices.  The main event will be held on 9 December at the MID (George Mason University) during the global Hour of Code week.  All participants are required to bring their own laptops.  Get more information about the event at http://www.coolcode.co/.  Please register at http://www.coderdojonova.co/sign-up.

THEDREAM.US SCHOLARSHIP

TheDream.US National Scholarship Program will cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree to graduating Seniors who are “Dreamers” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA) or students who earn a GED by the end of the 2017-18 academic year.  Applicants must have an un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or better, intend to enroll for the first time in a full-time associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs at one of the TheDream.US Partner Colleges in 2018, be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution, have come to the U.S. before reaching your 16th birthday, and demonstrate significant unmet financial need.  A complete application packet includes reference contact information, DACA or TPS application or approval letter, financial documents that verify your income, transcripts or GED diploma, and two essays, one on education/career goals and one on overcoming adversity (750 words each).  Complete details can be found once the applicant creates an account.  Visit www.thedream.us or Family Connection. Completed application packets are due by 1 March 2018.

GORDON A. RICH MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (GAR) SCHOLARSHIPS

The Gordan A. Rich Memorial Foundation provides up to $12,500, renewable for four years ($50,000 total award) to Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents planning to enroll full time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college/university in the United States.  GAR scholarships are for exceptionally qualified high school students with demonstrated financial need whose parents or guardians have, or had, a career in the financial services industry (view the master list on the website to determine eligibility). Applicants must also have a 3.5 or better GPA and rank in the top 20% of their class.  The ideal applicant demonstrates extracurricular activities that are either well-rounded or dedicated to a single serious pursuit.  Completed applications must include applicant data, parent/guardian information, applicant appraisal (to be completed by a high school counselor or teacher from your Junior or Senior year), an official transcript, cumulative GPA, ACT / SAT test scores, basic family financial information, a brief statement about your goals and aspirations, and an essay of 500 words or less on: Drawing on your own interests, accomplishments and experiences, tell how you’ve embodied the passion, spirit, and ideals exemplified in the life of Gordon Rich.  (Links to info on his life are available.)  Additionally, all GAR scholars are eligible for a special $5,000 award, the Parkman Prize, which is given to the scholar with the highest GPA in each academic year.  For more information and an application visit www.gordonrich.org or Family Connection.  Applications are due 20 February 2018.

HBCU COUNCIL REV. DR. WALLACE CHARLES SMITH SCHOLARSHIP

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers $2,000 to a Senior resident of DC, Prince George, Montgomery, Arlington, or Fairfax Counties or the City of Alexandria who will attend an Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must be a member of a church or community-based organization, have a 3.5 or better GPA, provide an official transcript, have accomplished a minimum of 40 community service hours, submit two letters of recommendation, complete an application, and write a 500 – 600-word essay that answers one of two questions: (1) What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? Or (2) What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience?  Visit www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html or Family Connection for more information and to apply.  Applications are due 19 January 2018.

HBCU COUNCIL CAROLYN M. HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers $1,000 to a Senior resident of DC, Prince George, Montgomery, Arlington, or Fairfax Counties or the City of Alexandria who will attend an Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must be a member of a church or community-based organization, have a 2.5 or better GPA, provide an official transcript, have accomplished a minimum of 40 community service hours, submit one recommendation from a current music teacher or mentor, and complete an application.  In addition, applicants must be a member of a musical ensemble, be planning a major in music education, performance, or applied (vocal/instrumental), and write a 500 – 600-word essay that answers one of two questions: (1) What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? Or (2) What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience?  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html.  Applications are due 19 January 2018.

HBCU COUNCIL HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers $2,000 to a Senior resident of DC, Prince George, Montgomery, Arlington, or Fairfax Counties or the City of Alexandria who will attend an Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must be a member of a church or community-based organization, have a 2.5 or better GPA, provide an official transcript, have accomplished a minimum of 40 community service hours, submit one reference, complete an application, provide a recent W-2 form to verify financial need, and write a 500 – 600-word essay that answers one of two questions: (1) What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? Or (2) What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience?  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html.  Applications are due 19 January 2018.

HBCU COUNCIL MICHAEL AMOS AWARD

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers an iPad to a Senior resident of DC, Prince George, Montgomery, Arlington, or Fairfax Counties or the City of Alexandria who will attend an Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, plan a major in engineering or architecture, have a minimum of 40 community service hours, must be a member of a church or community-based organization, submit one recommendation and an official transcript.  Applicants must also write a 500 – 600-word essay that answers one of two questions: (1) What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? Or (2) What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience?  Visit www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html to learn more and to apply.  Applications are due 19 January 2018.

HBCU COUNCIL EVELYN HIDER A & B SCHOLARSHIP

The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church offers two $1,000 awards to Senior residents of DC, Prince George, Montgomery, Arlington, or Fairfax Counties or the City of Alexandria who will attend an Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, have a minimum of 40 community service hours, must be a member of a church or community-based organization, submit a recommendation, an official transcript, and a recent W-2 form to verify financial need.  Applicants must also write a 500 – 600-word essay that answers one of two questions: (1) What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? Or (2) What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience?  Visit www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html to learn more and to apply.  Applications are due 19 January 2018.

MASONIC-RANGE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Society for Range management (SRM) offers approximately $5,000 to a high school Senior planning to major in range science or closely-related field.  Although applicants must be sponsored by a member of specified associations, SRM Headquarters can help find a contact.  Completed applications must include the application; high school transcript, certified copy of SAT or ACT; and two references from either a teacher, county agent, or employer.  Scholarships are renewable up to 8 semesters with conditions, including a 2.5 GPA freshman year and then a 3.0 GPA the remaining years of college semesters.  For more information on forms and instructions, visit http://rangelands.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/masonic-scholarship-app-2016-updated-8-19-16.pdf. Applications are due 6 January 2018.

NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society offers multiple scholarships to highly qualified Seniors who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS and are US citizens or legal residents. Award amounts vary but are typically $1,000 - $3,000. A limited number of scholarships are renewable. Applicants must plan to enroll in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the United States or specific territories for the 2018-2019 academic year, and enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester in coursework leading to a first-time degree, license, or certificate.  Completed applications must include a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores if required by college applications, and a reference.  Finalists are selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic record, leadership and participation in school or community activities, work experience, an outside recommendation, goals and aspirations, special circumstances, and a personal essay regarding the effect of MS on the applicant’s life.  Winners are also asked to submit a photo.  Complete details can only be found through the application portal. For more information visit https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Search?q=scholarship&stype=0&chap=0  or Family Connection.  Deadline to submit online application is 31 January 2018.

OMICRON THETA ZETA SCHOLARSHIP

The Omicron Theta Zeta Scholarship Foundation offers awards between $400 and $1,500 to African American, female Seniors enrolled in a Fairfax County high school or recommended by a financial member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Omicron Theta Zeta Chapter.  Applicants must be accepted to full-time study at an accredited four-year college/university (provide acceptance letter) and demonstrate academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or better on 4.0 scale) and involvement in both school and community.  Application packets must also include: a completed application, official transcript, two recommendations (one academic and community service area), and an essay discussing how the four principles of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will influence your contributions to society after graduation.  In addition, students who want to be considered for a need-based scholarship must include a letter addressing your financial hardship and/or extenuating circumstance with your application.  Winners must agree to allow OTZSF Sorority to use photos of the recipient in publications and must attend an official function on 21 April in Springfield, VA.  For details and additional information, visit www.omicronthetazeta.org/#!otz-scholarship-fund/c5jg or the Family Connection.  Completed application packets and supporting material must be received by 23 February 2018.

POINT SCHOLARSHIP

Point Foundation offers scholarships to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied individual) Seniors and college students who have strong academic achievement, proven leadership, community involvement, working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community, have a desire to make a difference in the world, financial need, and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S. in the fall of 2018.  Individuals who receive a Point Foundation Scholarship are expected to be “out” as a person who identifies within the LGBTQ spectrum.  Winners may be publicized, and scholarship amounts vary.  Scholarship finalists will be flown to Los Angeles 26 - 28 April as part of the selection process.  An online application is required, but organization membership is not required. Application details can only be found after you create an account.  For additional information visit https://www.pointfoundation.org/thepoint/scholarship/ or Family Connection.  Application must be submitted no later than 29 January 2018.

STUDENTS OF HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 merit-based scholarship open to graduating Seniors.  This is a merit-based scholarship intended for students of history committed to the importance of meaningful history lessons at the undergraduate level.  In order to apply, you must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution, complete at least three history classes in high school and include the recommendation of one history teacher.  Completed applications must include the application form, 1 to 3 teacher recommendations (one of which is from a history teacher and all of which should be submitted online), and a one-page, typed essay discussing: What was your favorite lesson you learned in your history classes and why?  For more information and an application visit Family Connection or https://studentsofhistory.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are due no later than 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.