WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

11 January 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
January 11, 2019

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

AP EXAM INFORMATION

Students who elect to take AP tests, but are not enrolled in the corresponding AP course must pay $93 for each AP exam they choose to take.  Registration is open from 1 February – 1 March.  Completed registration forms must be returned to Mrs. Hyatt in Student Services no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, 1 March.  Refunds will not be issued if a student does not take an AP test.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR AP EXAMS

To take AP exams with accommodations, students with documented disabilities must request accommodations from College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).  Approval must be received before the AP Exam ordering deadline.  To meet deadlines, ALL documentation should be submitted no later than 15 February.  If you’ve already been approved by SSD to take the SAT or PSAT/NMSQT with accommodations, you don’t need to submit a second request.  If you need accommodations, act now.  It is the family’s responsibility to initiate this process, not the school’s.  Woodson HS has an SSD Coordinator who helps students during the accommodations request process.  Kathleen Guinee (KPGuinee@fcps.edu) works with students to submit accommodations requests to the College BoardA completed Student/Parent Consent Form for Accommodations Request (www.collegeboard.org/pdf/ssd/ssd-consent-form-accomdations.pdf) must be submitted, along with a list of the specific accommodations being requested, to Ms. Guinee. Ms. Guinee will then initiate the online application process through the College Board.  Important Note: College Board exam accommodations may differ from accommodations approved by the school.  Learn more about how extended time and other accommodations are implemented on College Board exams at www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities.

BOYS & GIRLS STATE

Juniors - Do you believe that you are an essential part of our government and responsible for its future and success? If so, Boys or Girls State might be for you! Please see Ms. Walter in Student Services or your history teacher for more information.  Applications are available in Student Services.  Completed applications are due to Ms. Walter by 1 February.

FAFSA / COLLEGE VERIFICATIONS

Many students who have completed the FAFSA are selected for verification.  The government shut-down is interfering with two things that may be difficult to provide if requested.  Until the shut-down ends, the IRS cannot process requests for a tax transcript or verification of non-filing and the Selective Service cannot register young men.  Contact your school’s financial aid office if you cannot provide the documentation requested.

GAP YEAR PROGRAM MATCHER

The USA Gap Year Fairs organization posts a search engine that will help discover if any of their vetted programs offer what you may be seeking.  Check it out at https://usagapyearfairs.org/gapmatcher/.

SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, 21 February, 5 – 6:30 pm, Plum Center, 6815 Edsall Rd, Springfield, VA  22151.  Visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/practical-nursing for information on the program.

SCHOLARSHIP 101 NIGHT

30 January, 7-9 pm, Herndon HS Auditorium.  College Access Fairfax will present a general overview of the scholarship application process, information on the different kinds of scholarships, resources for finding scholarships, and tips for making yourself competitive.  Register in advance at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

DON’T FORGET

FCPS ACADEMY COURSE AND OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS 2019 – Discover the many opportunities for career development and exploration offered by Fairfax County Academies at an open house. 

FREE FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOP DATES – Get one-on-one help with your FAFSA.  Don’t come empty-handed.  Bring the items listed below the following workshop dates.  Please register at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/.

  • Saturday, 2 February 2019, 9 am – Noon – Mount Vernon High School Contact: Susie Statham sstatham@fcps.edu , 703.619.3118
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 14 February) – Lee High School Contact: Carla McIlnay-Shaw cmmcilnaysha@fcps.edu, 703.924.8335 Spanish Translation Available
  • Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 12 February) – Westfield High School Contact: Laura Cudahy lqcudahy@fcps.edu, 703.488.6527 Spanish and Korean Translation Available
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 6 – 8:30 pm – Annandale High School Contact: 703.642.4263

BRING to the FAFSA Completion Workshop:

  • Social security number of parents and students (or permanent resident number)
  • Date of birth of parents and students
  • 2017 (Prior Prior) W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • Current statements for checking, savings and other asset accounts
  • Current investment records, including 529 plans or other prepaid college plans
  • 2017 (Prior Prior) Completed tax returns
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Military Families: LES (student and/or parents) for any month in 2017
  • Driver’s license number (if you have one)
  • Parents’ date of marriage
  • Two unique email addresses (one for the student and one for the parent)
  • An FSA ID for both the student and one parent. You may register for your ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

NEW COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

AAVMC VETERINARY MEDICAL CAREER FAIR AND INFORMATION SESSION

10 March, 1 – 5 pm, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC.  Information sessions begin at 1 pm.  The Exhibit Hall is open from 2:30 – 5 pm.  The Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions event is free for any high school student and undergraduate with an interest in a veterinary medical profession.  Learn at an information session, meet with admissions representatives from vet colleges in the U.S. and abroad, get helpful information on applying to veterinary school.  Please register at http://tinyurl.com/2019AAVMCCareerFair .  More information is available at DiversityMatters@aavmc.org

DYNAMY GAP YEAR FAIR

7 February, 6 pm, Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St, Washington, DC - Learn about the gap year programs associated with Dynamy.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usa-gap-year-fair-2019-washington-dc-registration-49995835891

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

R2L NEXTGEN

14-19 July, Washington, DC – The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) sponsors this week-long all-expense paid leadership experience for Latino high school students. Through various interactive learning opportunities, participants will better understand some of the top issues that face the Latino community and learn how to be leaders of change. Participants will also hear the success stories of speakers—including many CHCI Alumni—who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world.  Participants will also engage in study visits at historic sites, embassies, and museums, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, and Capitol Hill.  Eligible applicants must reside in the DMV, be a current high school Sophomore or Junior, and have an interest in civic engagement.  For more information and to apply, visit https://chci.org/programs/r2l-nextgen/.  Applicants must create an account.  The application deadline is 15 January.

NEW INTERNSHIPS

AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY HUTTON JUNIOR FISHERIES BIOLOGY PROGRAM

Summer 2019 (mid-June to mid-August), Exact dates and locations vary according to mentor – The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program is a paid summer internship and mentoring program for high school students sponsored by the American Fisheries Society (AFS).  Selected students, known as “Hutton Scholars,” are matched and mentored by a fisheries professional in their local area to enjoy a hands-on fisheries science experience in a marine and/or freshwater setting.  Hutton Scholars receive a $4,000 award as well as valuable work experience.  Each student must complete mid-summer and final reports to successfully complete the program.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the work site.  Internships are eight weeks long.  The principal goal of the Hutton Program is to stimulate interest in careers in Fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, including minorities and women.  For more information and to apply, visit https://hutton.fisheries.org/The application deadline is 15 February.

GEOSCIENCES BRIDGE PROGRAM

1 July – 9 August, University of Maryland Eastern Shore - Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) the Geosciences Bridge Program offers a 6-week paid internship for graduating high school Seniors planning to pursue careers in the geosciences.  The program will introduce high school seniors to ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, and geographic information systems (GIS)/Remote Sensing techniques.  Participants will learn from lectures, field trips, hands-on activities, and two for-credit college courses.  They will also receive housing, meals, travel to and from UMES, and a stipend.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.umes.edu/cscgeosciences/All application materials must be received by 19 April.

HIGH SCHOOL APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (HSAP)

Summer 2019, Locations vary by program – For rising high school Juniors and Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, the High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) sponsored by the Army Research Office provides an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers in which participants learn research methods using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group.  HSAP students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total.  This is a commuter program and participants must provide their own transportation to and from the work site.  Although no local locations are currently listed, students may check the list for locations where relatives may be able to provide housing.  For more information including a list of sites and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/hsap/The application deadline is 28 February.

J. CRAIG VENTER INSTITUTE SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

June-August 2019, Rockville, MD (other locations may be available)The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a non-profit research organization using science to impact the world. Their research groups focus on human genomic medicine, infectious disease, plant, microbial and environmental genomics, synthetic biology and biological energy, bioinformatics, and software engineering.  Their summer internship program runs between 8 – 12 weeks.  For additional information and a list of available positions, visit https://www.jcvi.org/internship-opportunities.  A limited number of positions for high school Seniors are available and the closest openings are in Rockville, MD.  No deadline is cited which suggest the need to apply promptly after a position is posted.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS INTERNSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Dates and locations vary by program – The Library of Congress offers a number of internships across all departments.  Paid and unpaid as well as long-term and short-term internships are available.  For more information and a list of current openings, visit https://www.loc.gov/internships-and-fellowships/overview/faqs/.  Follow the link at “How do I find an internship that matches my interests, skills and goals?” to find the listings.  Applications are ongoing.

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) INTERNSHIPS

Summer 2019, Locations vary by program – NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities serve students by integrating interns with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related tasks, while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA's missions.  For specific program details, visit https://intern.nasa.gov/.  Applicants will need to create an account to access programs.  The application deadline for Summer 2019 programs is 1 April

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST)

19 June – 7 August, Gaithersburg, MD – The Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP) is a NIST-wide summer intern program for U.S. citizens who will finish their Junior or Senior year of high school by the start of the program and are interested in scientific research only. Students selected for this competitive unpaid program will participate in cutting-edge research at NIST and will work closely with NIST staff scientists and engineers on a specific research problem.  Participants must provide their own housing and transportation to the work site in Gaithersburg, MD.  The program requires a commitment for a contiguous 8-week period (nominal hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM). This program is open only to United States citizens.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.nist.gov/careers/summer-high-school-intern-programThe application deadline is 1 February.

RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Summer 2019, Dates and locations vary by program – REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students from groups historically 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. 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.  This is a commuter program, so students are responsible for their own housing and daily transportation.  For more information including eligibility requirement and site locations, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/reap/The application deadline is 28 February.

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

Summer 2019, Dates and locations vary by program – SEAP matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training, first-hand research experience, and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. Participants will receive a stipend based on their experience.  Each location has specific age requirements.  Local sites include the Geospatial Research Laboratory in Alexandria, VA and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD.  For more information and to apply, visit  https://www.usaeop.com/program/seap/The application deadline is 28 February.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY

Washington, DC – The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is always looking for bright, talented people to help develop innovative services, programs, and exhibits. Unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities are available across the library. Applicants can step into projects or opportunities NAL hopes to fill, or applicants can customize an internship or volunteer position to fit special interests or career goals upon request and subject to staff availability.  High school students ages 16 and up are eligible to apply. For more information and a list of departments, visit https://www.nal.usda.gov/internships. Applications are accepted year-round.

NEW WORKSHOPS

GIRLS SCOUTS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

The Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital is sponsoring two conferences for Latina and African American girls in grades 6-12..  The conferences include workshops on financial literacy, budgeting, saving for college, and the importance of credit when buying a car.  The workshops will feature guest speakers from the community and aim to help middle and high school girls understand the power of their financial future.  Students can register online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/gsconference or contact Evelyn Zavala at 703.372.4348 or ezavala@gscnc.org.

  • 14th Annual Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts, Saturday, 26 January, 11 am - 3 pm, James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, VA.  Transportation will be provided from Mt. Vernon High School, Lee High School, Annandale High School, and Justice High School.
  • Your Turn to Lead – A Leadership Conference for Black and African American Girls, Saturday, 9 February, 10 am - 2 pm, Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St, Manassas Park, VA.  Register to attend free by 29 January.  After 29 January, registration is $25.  Full financial assistance is available.  Transportation will be provided from South Lakes High School, Centreville High School, and Chantilly High School.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

APOLOGY

Totally “NEW” scholarship paragraphs are marked with **NEW!! this week.  The last compilation was not uploaded.  Because the **NEW!! notice in compilations must match the paragraphs below for one full week, paragraphs from last week are included with scholarships that are completely new this week only.

**NEW!!  MILITARY WITH KIDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS, A Compilation Site

Over 100 scholarships from $500-$50,000+ (most $1,000-$5,000) will be awarded to children or grandchildren of military service members or veterans.  Requirements and deadlines vary, but most require military affiliation, academic information, and intention to pursue an accredited degree.  Some require recommendations, extracurriculars, or financial need; some are based on more specific military criteria (for example, disability, specific role, Purple Heart).  For more information and to apply, visit https://militarywithkids.com/100-military-kids-scholarships/.   Application deadlines vary – check dates soon.

AIR FORCE OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC SCHOLARSHIP

The Air Force Officers’ Spouses’ Club (AFOSC) offers merit-based scholarships to eligible USAF dependent children with a 3.25 or better GPA who are graduating Seniors and who will begin undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2019. Applicants and/or their sponsor must live/be stationed in the National Capital Region.  Completed applications must include a personal data sheet, proof of Air Force dependency; community service activities, high school activities, and employment, if any; awards and honors; intended area of study; a transcript, SAT/ACT scores, a reference, a counselor form, and an essay discussing Tell us what you would like to do for a career after college and why you chose that profession.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.afoscdc.com/scholarships.html for details and an application.  Completed applications are due 1 March.

ALPHA PHI ALPHA JEWEL SCHOLARSHIP

The Joyce-Gillespie-Harrington Educational & Charitable Foundation offers up to $1,500 in scholarships to Seniors who are residents of Northern Virginia or the greater Metropolitan DC area, including Fairfax County, and who plan to enroll in an accredited college/university in the Fall of 2019.  A complete application package must include: the completed application, detailed description of your high school community service and your volunteer activities, two recommendations, a copy of your most recent transcript, and a two-page essay describing: Who am I, and what this scholarship will mean to me.  For details and an online application visit http://jghfdn.org/jewel-college-scholarship-application/ or Naviance Student.  Completed application packets are due 2 March.

AMS FRESHMAN UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The American Meteorological Society offers a $2,500 award (renewable to $5,000) to a Senior who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plans to pursue a degree in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences (marine biology does not meet this requirement).  A completed application must include the application form, an official transcript, a recommendation, and SAT or ACT test scores. Registration is required to get all requirements/details.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/ams-freshman-undergraduate-scholarshipAll applications must be received by 8 February.   

AMS MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

The American Meteorological Society offers $3,000 awards (renewable to $6,000) to Seniors who are U.S. citizens planning to major in atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrological sciences (marine biology does not meet this requirement) in the Fall of 2019. The AMS Minority Scholarships target students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences such as Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, a recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores along with the application. Registration is required to get all requirements/details.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/ams-minority-scholarships/All applications must be received by 8 February.

ARMY ENGINEERS SPOUSES’ CLUB, ARMY ENGINEER MEMORIAL AWARD (AEMA)

The Army Engineers Spouses’ Club will award AEMA to qualifying high school Seniors who plan to continue their education at an accredited college, university, technical school, or vocational school.  Applicants must be the child of a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, reserves, National Guard, retired, deceased, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).  Applicants must also have a parent who is a member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club (AESC).  The award is based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school, along with a written essay.  Completed applications must include an official 7th semester transcript; SAT or ACT scores; extracurricular activities, achievements, work experience, if any; proof of parents’ affiliations; and an essay (300-400 words) discussing: What event has had the greatest impact on your life so far, and how do you think it will affect you in the future?  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or http://www.armyengineerspouses.com/army-engineer-memorial-awards-aema.htmlCompleted on-line application and all materials are due 28 February

**NEW!!  ARMY ENGINEERS SPOUSES’ CLUB, GERALDINE K. MORRIS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP

The Army Engineers Spouses’ Club will award a renewable Geraldine K. Morris Nursing Scholarship to a graduating high school Senior who intends to enroll in a program leading to a nursing degree or nursing certification at an accredited post-secondary school.  Applicants must be the child of a US Army Engineer (active duty, reserves, National Guard, retired, deceased, or current Department of the Army employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers).  Applicants must also have a parent who is a member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club (AESC).  The award is based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school, along with a written essay.  Completed applications must include an official 7th semester transcript, SAT or ACT scores; extracurricular activities, achievements, work experience, if any; proof of parents’ affiliations; and an essay (300-400 words): Discuss how your interest in nursing developed and describe your experience in the field (such as volunteer work or internships) and what you gained from this involvement.  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or http://www.armyengineerspouses.com/army-engineer-memorial-awards-aema.htmlCompleted on-line application and all materials are due 28 February

ASIAN PACIFIC FUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

The Shue Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship provides up to $1,000 to one or two Seniors who will enroll in college the Fall of 2019 and who are currently/formerly employed or whose parent is currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, financial need, and demonstrate advocacy of progressive causes such as Asian Americans, immigrants, and LGBTQ.  A completed application must include test scores, a resume, two recommendations, a transcript, family financial information, and 3 - 4 essays (250 - 500 words) discussing: (1) Tell us about yourself, including your academic and career goals, hopes and dreams for the future and your proudest moment of your personal or academic life. (2) Describe your experience as a restaurant worker or child of a restaurant worker. What have you learned from the experience? How has it shaped your values? (3) Describe any community service or school project you have done in the mainstream or Asian American community that has shaped your ideas about the Asian American community. How do you envision giving back to the community in the future? (4 - optional) Is there anything else you would like us to know, including any unusual family or personal circumstances that have affected your achievement in school, work experience or your participation in school activities?  (Finalists must submit official transcripts, score reports, and a copy of the SAR from the FAFSA filing.)  Further information is available in Naviance Student or http://asianpacificfund.org/what-we-do/scholarships/faq. Application deadline is 26 February.

**NEW!!  AUDREY JONES SCHOLARSHIP OF EXCELLENCE

The Virginia Black History Month Association sponsors a $500 award for an African American Senior enrolled in public school in Fairfax County, Alexandria City, Spotsylvania County, or Fredericksburg City who plans to study at a 2- or 4-year college/university.  A completed application must include: a cover sheet signed by the student, school counselor and civic representative(s), GPA, community or civic activities, leadership experience, sports activities (allow extra time because each activity must be verified by the sponsor), and an essay of 500 words or less in response to this prompt: During the Great Migration, where more than 6 million African Americans migrated from the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West areas.  What were some of the challenges they faced upon their arrival?  What positive achievements did they accomplish? Comparing the two experiences was the Great Migration beneficial for African Americans?  Describe why? Winners will receive two Gala tickets at which they will receive their award and a family photograph; Gala will be 23 February in Tysons Corner.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm on 4 February.

AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET SCHOLARSHIP

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation administers the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship for students who will attend an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty, collision repair school, or an accredited college or university.  A completed application must include a transcript, at least one reference (some organizations require a member write this), and a one-page essay about your career goals.  You may also post an optional short video on YouTube.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.automotivescholarships.com/apply_online.cfm.  Completed applications must be received by 31 March.

AUTOMOTIVE WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to Senior (or college student) women with a passion for a career in the automotive industries.  AWAF affiliation is not required.  Applicants must show acceptance or enrollment in an accredited collegiate program, a 3.0 or higher GPA, and a North American citizenship.  A completed application must include a cover letter explaining your automotive-related career aspirations, resume including work, extracurriculars, transcript, proof of college acceptance, and volunteer activities, and optional recommendations or other supporting documents.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://awafoundation.org/Scholarships. Application is due 10 January.

*CONTEST* CREATIVE COMMUNICATION POETRY CONTEST

The Creative Communication Poetry Contest is open to K-9 students in the U.S.   Prizes will be awarded at each grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9. The top ten entries in each level will be given a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology. Students that are accepted to be published are notified and permission to publish in the anthology is requested. The student always owns the rights to the entry. Entries must be in English, cannot be over 21 lines of text, use proper capitalization, and of appropriate subject (no pro-violence, pro drugs, etc.) Contestants may submit one poem for each contest (Spring, Summer and Fall). For more information, visit https://www.poeticpower.com/enter-poetry-contest   Deadline for Spring submission is 25 April.

DAVIDSON FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP

The Davidson Institute provides scholarships of $10,000-$50,000 to students who are 18 or younger as of 1 October 2019, and who have accomplished a meaningful significant work, at or close to graduate-level, which has the potential to make a positive contribution to society.  Applications are by category: STEM, Humanities, and Outside the Box.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, reside in the US or be stationed overseas due to U.S. military duty.  Recipients must be available to attend an awards reception and other recognition events in September in Washington, D.C. (travel expenses and lodging will be provided).  Completed applications must include student/project information, a nominating form, and a parent form.  Application requires willingness to allow The Davidson Institute to use application materials in programs, website, etc. More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship  All application materials must be received by 13 February. 

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARDS

The ELKS National Foundation will award four renewable Legacy awards of $1,000 (renewable to $4,000) to high school Seniors from Virginia, who are a child or grandchild (including legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2016, or is a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2016.  The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019.  Winners are required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years of the scholarship.  Completed applications must include: ACT/SAT scores, a transcript, and short essays.  Applications must also include contact information for the Elk Sponsor as well as his/her Lodge number and membership number.  Applicants will be judged on how they exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation:  Knowledge, Charity, Community and Integrity. Online  registration is required to access the full application and get all the details.  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/legacy.cfmCompleted applications must be submitted by 1 February. 

EXCEPTIONAL NURSE.COM SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships between $250 and $500 will be awarded to Seniors who will attend a college or university full-time and to college students.  Applicants must have a documented disability and demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing in a nursing education program and to career excellence.  Completed applications must include a signed application form, extracurriculars including honors and awards, three recommendations speaking to your academic abilities and personal character, an official transcript, family income and extenuating circumstances that might affect finances, a medical verification of disability form, basic family financial information, and a 1-2 page essay discussing how you plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how your disability will influence your practice as a nurse.  NOTE: A media release and permission to publish excerpts of the essay is required.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or www.exceptionalnurse.com/scholarship.phpCompleted applications must be received by 1 June. 

FREEMONT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation provides scholarships to graduating high school Seniors and college students with a record of leadership and volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities who plan to attend an accredited historically black college/university majoring in the sciences starting the Fall of 2019.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a 3.0 or better GPA, SAT of 1150 or better or ACT of 21 or better.  Completed applications must include the endorsement of a guidance counselor attesting qualification for scholarship, two recommendations (one from high school teacher, counselor or principal, one from local community member or officer of organization in which applicant is affiliated), most recent transcript, and a 300 – 350 word essay answering the following: Why I am choosing the sciences as a career.  For more information visit Naviance Student or http://www.freemontfoundation.com/scholarships.htmlApplications are due 18 January.

GAR GORDON A. RICH MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Gordon A. Rich Foundation provides a renewable $12,500 scholarship to graduating Seniors whose parents work in the financial services industry and who can demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have a 3.5 or better GPA, in the top 20% of their class, and planning to attend an accredited four-year college/university in the U.S. full-time.  The applicant with the highest GPA is eligible for the Parkman Prize, a $5,000 award.  Applicants will be assessed on academics, activities and demonstrated leadership, test scores, application responses, and need.  A completed application must include applicant data, parent/guardian information, counselor or teacher appraisal, a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, parent’s financial information, and an essay (up to 500 words) discussing: 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.  More information and an application can be found in Naviance Student and at http://www.gordonrich.org/html/apply.htmlCompleted applications are due 20 February.

JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school Seniors showing leadership potential, dedication to community service and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited four-year college within the U.S.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or ACT score of 21. A completed application must include the online application, a professional digital photo (headshot only), a recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and four essays (up to 2,500 words each).  Topics for essays are (1) Jackie Robinson is best known for the courageous role he played in the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947. In fact, Jackie Robinson exhibited courage and humanitarianism on many fronts overcoming unforeseen barriers and challenges both on and off the field. What obstacles have you overcome that speak to what others can learn from studying the life of Jackie Robinson? (2) What do you consider to be the most pressing global issue today and why? (3) Jackie Robinson embodied his statement “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.” Describe a situation where you took a leadership role, including why you led the project and how you were effective in helping and leading others. (4) Write an essay which conveys to the reader a sense of who you are. Possible topics may include experiences that have shaped your life, the circumstances of your upbringing or the way you see the world.  For more information visit Naviance Student or http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/applicants/Applications are due by 5 pm on 1 February.

**NEW!!  MAJ JAMES URSANO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Army Emergency Relief manages the James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children which provides funding from $500 - $3,400 for undergraduate college expenses for dependent children of U.S. Army Soldiers (active duty, retired, or deceased while active/retired) who are under the age of 23, registered in DEERS, and demonstrate need.  Applicants must have a 2.0 or better GPA and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or an accredited vocational institution in fall 2019.  Completed applications must include a transcript, SAR from your FAFSA filing, and documentation of military affiliation specific to the type of affiliation.  Although not renewable, students may reapply for up to four academic years.  Registration is required to get all the details.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.aerhq.org/Apply-for-Scholarship. (Click “Child”).  Completed applications are due by 3 pm on 1 April.

MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to assist with studies at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or at an accredited career and technical educational institution.  Applicants must be the child of a Marine (active duty, reserve, or veteran, living or killed while serving, or of a navy corpsman attached to a marine unit).  Applicants must have a 2.0 or better GPA, and a family adjusted gross income for 2018 that does not exceed $100,000.  Completed applications must include: a transcript, copies of tax documents, a photograph, military service documentation for sponsor.  Registration is required to access all the details and the application.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.mcsf.org/scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 1 March.

MILITARY COMMANDERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Military Commanders Scholarship Fund offers one time, non-renewable, $5,000 awards (two per branch of service) to high school Seniors who are dependents of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the U.S. military. Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA at the time of application and plan post-secondary study at a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family experiences, and financial need.  Completed applications must include: a transcript, activities/work experience, unusual circumstances, an appraisal/recommendation, financial information, and proof of parent’s military service.  Winners will need to submit a photograph for promotional materials.  Only the first 100 applications received will be acknowledged and processed. For more information visit Naviance Student or https://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders/guidelines.htmlApplications are due 16 February 2019 or until 100 applications are received.  Apply early!!

NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU OFFICERS’ SPOUSES CLUB (NGBSC) SCHOLARSHIP

The National Guard Bureau Officers’ Spouses Club offers both academic and need-based scholarships for Seniors and college students.  The applicant’s parent, spouse, or guardian must be an individual, either officer/enlisted or civilian (GS/NSPS), working for the National Guard Bureau in the VA/MD/DC area, in specified categories.  Completed applications must include extracurricular activities, an official transcript, GPA, SAT/ACT score report, and an essay (~500 words) describing your personal and professional goals, plans for achieving those goals, and any special needs (if applicable).  [Applicants who] would like to be considered for NGBSC’s needs-assessed scholarship, please include any obstacles or challenges you have overcome and state clearly that you are applying for the needs–assessed scholarship.  Visit Naviance Student or http://ngbosc.org/scholarships for more information.  Completed applications are due 16 March.

NORTHWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP (NFCU)

The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation offers scholarships up to $5,000 to Seniors and college students who will attend, full-time, a 2, 4-year, or graduate program in the 2019/20 academic year.  Applicants must exemplify qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment in school, home, and community.  Three types of scholarships are available: Ben De Felice (have an account at NWFCU for the student as the primary account holder), CIRA (be the daughter, son, or grandchild of an active duty or retired CIA employee), Need Based (be a student who can demonstrate a strong financial need). A complete application will include: all questions thoughtfully and completely answered with consideration, and if selected as a finalist, applicant agrees to submit transcripts, acceptance and/or enrollment letter, and (for the need-based scholarship) a copy of the SAR from a FAFSA filing. For details and additional information, visit https://www.nwfcufoundation.org/our-programscommunity-education/scholarships or Naviance Student.  Completed applications must be submitted by noon on 29 March.

PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes high school students (grades 9 – 12) who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.  Prize recipients receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to a Symposium on Race at Princeton University. A completed application requires a supporter recommendation, and detailed description of the activity you are involved in that made a difference in race relations.  Short essay responses to four prompts are also required: (1) Please describe the race relations activity (or activities) that you want us to consider.  If you are involved in more than one activity, make sure to describe them all. (≤ 250 words); (2) How did your activity promote racial harmony, understanding, and respect and/or reduce racism, racial conflict, and misunderstanding in your school/community?  Make sure to clearly describe how your work directly impacted these race relations matters. (≤ 350 words); (3) How did the activity affect your school or local community?  How would you describe the change that your work has made?  How many people (students and/or adults) were involved in your activity, and for how long? (≤ 350 words); (4) What was your role in the activity and how long were you involved in that role?  Be sure to tell us, for example, whether you thought up the activity, led the activity, and/or played some other role.  Also tell us how long you were involved and how much time you spent doing it (for example, during a day, week, month, etc. (≤ 100 words).  Application requires willingness to have application materials featured in PPRR programs, website, etc. Winners will have to provide their tax ID number.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://pprize.princeton.edu/Application is due 31 January. 

RISE SCHOLARSHIP

The RISE Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships of $500 - $2,500 to Seniors with a documented learning disability planning to attend an accredited college or university.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, a 2.5 or better GPA, and a documented learning disability (ADD or ADHD alone doesn’t qualify).  A completed application must include: parent information, college application information, a recommendation, transcript, photo, and a response to: Share a piece of advice you would give to your younger self regarding having a diagnosis of a learning difference. You may write an essay, a poem, a song, a video, or a piece of art as a response to the prompt.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.risescholarshipfoundation.orgApplication is due 31 January. 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN – The Defense Commissary Agency business partners and others provides multiple $2,000 scholarships (renewable for a total of four years) to dependent, unmarried children under age 23 of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military.  Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in the Fall of 2019 in a 2- or 4-year college/university program leading to a bachelor’s degree.  Applicants will be assessed on academic achievement, participation in school, community and volunteer activities, and work experience.  Completed applications must include a transcript indicating an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA for Seniors, verification of eligibility (the benefits number on the dependent ID card), and a 500 word essay.  On-line registration is required to access full application details.  For more information, please visit Naviance Student or https://militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.htmlCompleted applications and all materials are due 15 February.

SEABEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association awards scholarships to Seniors or college students who are children or grandchildren of Seabees or Civil Engineer Corps officers.  Applicants are assessed on academics, leadership, good citizenship and character, and financial need.  Completed applications must include verification of sponsor’s service affiliation, extracurricular activities, employment history, transcript, financial information including available funding for college, the SAR from a FAFSA filing, copies of signed tax forms or a tax transcript, and a personal statement essay with clear and complete information on your future objectives and personal goals. Describe how the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association’s assistance will help you accomplish your objectives and goals. Visit Naviance Student or https://www.seabee.org/scholarship for more information and an application.  Applications are due 15 April.

U.S. PAN ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USPAACC) EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

USPAACC supports multiple scholarships ranging from $3,000 - $5,000.  Applicants must be a Senior, at least 16 years of age, of Asian/Pacific Island heritage, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with a 3.3 or better GPA beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S.  Applicants must demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, and financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, copy of first two pages of tax returns, two recommendations (one from the high school and one from a community service organization), information on proposed post-secondary course of study (major) and associated costs (tuition/room/board for one university to which the applicant is applying), a photo, and an essay discussing: Why should I be awarded this scholarship.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://celebrasianconference.com/scholarshipsCompleted application packets are due 29 March.

**NEW!! VIRGINIA LATINO HIGHER EDUCATION NETWORK (VALHEN) SCHOLARSHIPS

VALHEN sponsors twelve scholarships ranging from $500 - $2,500 for Virginia Latinx/Hispanic Seniors, high school graduates, or college students for study at an accredited Virginia college/university.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, and demonstrate leadership through involvement in school, community, government, non-profit organization, work/job, or other methods.  The initial application is made by submitting essays.  Finalists will need to submit an official transcript, contact information for two references (one teacher, one peer or non-teacher), evidence of FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (or FAFSA4Caster if not eligible for FAFSA), and have a possible phone interview.  Essays must answer the following prompts: (1) What are your career or employment goals after you graduate from college and how will this scholarship help you reach these goals? (max 200 words); (2) Describe what leadership means to you and how you have developed leadership skills both in and out of school.  (300-500 words); (3 - optional) How have you practiced “perseverancia” so far in your life and how do you plan to pay it forward to others? (300-500 words, required for $2,500 Perseverancia scholarship consideration); (4 - optional) What will your legacy be?  It may be a legacy to your community, family, school, college, field, etc.  (300-500 words, required for $1,000 Legacy scholarship).  Recipients are required to attend the VALHEN Encuentro Luncheon, and sign a publicity waiver for photo/bio.  The Perseverancia Scholarship requires recipients to complete 20 community service hours within the academic year, at a Hispanic non-profit, or if none is available, a minority-focused non-profit. Further information is available at Naviance Student or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdobpuY2j9CJF6NbqcaWovy_FErlarDvQlXSuDSlSQtPHLSgg/viewformNew! - Extended Deadline is 15 January.

**NEW!!  VHSL SAVEDGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

One or more scholarships of $500 are awarded to Seniors who will pursue post-secondary education at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university, or educational institution beyond the secondary school level.  Each school may nominate one student, who must have participated for a minimum of two years as part of a school’s publication staff (yearbook, newspaper, news magazine, or literary magazine) or have achieved equivalent participation through contributions to community or professional publications.  Successful candidates demonstrate personal qualities such as leadership, writing skills, design aptitude, creativity, organization, industry, teamwork, and character.  A completed application must include applicant’s GPA, college plans, two writing samples, a recommendation, a journalism-specific resume, and an essay describing the significance that participation in publications has had in his/her life.  Caution: application requires SSN. A fillable application is available in Naviance Student, and more information on the VHSL is available at https://www.vhsl.org/scholarships.   Applications are due in the Career Center by 11 February.

**NEW!!  VHSL ALLSTATE FOUNDATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Nineteen $1,500 scholarships are awarded each year to Seniors in all parts of Virginia who have excelled in the classroom and in athletic and academic activities.  Each school may nominate students, one for each of four category: male athlete, female athlete, academic activities, and courageous achievement (currently has or has overcome a serious illness/injury/disability or has overcome great adversity).  Students must have earned a varsity letter or equivalent achievement in one of these sports or academic areas: baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, indoor or outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, or wrestling; debate, drama, forensics, creative writing, newspaper, yearbook, magazine, scholastic bowl, or film festival. Applicants must also have a 3.0 or better GPA and involvement in other extracurricular activities.  Completed applications must include two references, a head and shoulders photograph, and an essay (≤ 500 words) describing how extracurricular activities have enhanced his/her educational experience.  Caution: application requires SSN. A fillable application is available in Naviance Student, and more information on the VHSL is available at https://www.vhsl.org/scholarships. Applications are due in the Career Center by 19 February.

**NEW!!  VHSL VITO PERRIELLO CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year to Virginia Seniors pursuing further education in medicine or an allied health field at an accredited post-secondary institution.  Applicants must have participated as an ATSA (Athletic Training Student Aide) or demonstrated interest in continuing education in the medical field; participation in at least one activity offered by VHSL; contributed to family, school, and/or community; and promoted good citizenship and sportsmanship.  Completed applications must include two references (one from a school official, and one from any other non-family member), and an essay (500 - 1,000 words) in which you: Describe what you have done that meets one or more of the definitions of citizenship.  Describe your contributions in specific detail and explain how others have benefited. Each school may nominate one student.  A fillable application is available in Naviance Student, and more information on the VHSL is available at https://www.vhsl.org/scholarshipsApplications are due in the Career Center by 19 February.

WACE NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The National Commission for Cooperative Education awards up to 160 scholarships of $6,000-$8,000 per year for four years (most are renewable to $24,000-$32,000) for Seniors or transfer students who will attend these schools with an integrated co-op internship program as part of their curriculum, specifically: Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Oswego, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, or Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, have applied to one or more of the listed schools, and meet other merit scholarship criteria established by the institutions.  Application includes an essay (up to 200 words) describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.  Early applications are highly encouraged, and some schools may have earlier deadlines.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html.  Final deadline is 15 February 2019, but some schools may have earlier deadlines.

WOOD STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP

The National Wood Flooring Association will award $1,000 to a Senior who will study forestry, environmental science, or natural resources at a four-year college.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and ACT of 25 or higher or SAT of 800 or higher. Applications include a resume including extracurricular activities, awards, leadership, community service and work experience, a transcript, proof of ACT or SAT score, one teacher recommendation, proof of college acceptance, and an essay (500-750 words) discussing: How does the study of forestry benefit the wood flooring industry?  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or https://www.nwfa.org/nwfa-wood-studies-scholarship.aspxCompleted application and all materials are due by 1 February

COMPILATIONS

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

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

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

COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar

LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

INTERNSHIP and 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

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3690.

WORKSHOPS

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