WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

12 January 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
January 12, 2018

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.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! – Welcome to a New Year full of wonderful opportunities.  Carefully consider what is offered and go for ones that are good for you.


If you are in the free/reduced lunch program, both College Board and ACT are offering free score reports starting in the fall of 2018 to help make college applications more affordable for those who need it.  Please Note:  To qualify for the free reports, you must use a fee-waiver to pay when you take the ACT or SAT.



Priority deadlines are important.  Be sure you are meeting the priority deadline set by your colleges for filing the FAFSA.  It is important to apply well before that deadline, though.  Some colleges expect all verifications to be completed by that deadline and the verification process can take six – eight weeks!  You could get ahead of the game.  Get a tax transcript or certificate of non-filing from the IRS for everybody on your FAFSA.  Keep it in a safe place.  If you are verified, you will have an important document they seek.


College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to link your PSAT scores to enable the Academy to help you practice and strengthen your test-taking abilities - FREE!!  Discover how at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy.

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS – Everyone who is going to college should complete the FAFSA.  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.  Although not required, your needs may be better met if you register at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

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

Centreville High School, Library

  • Saturday, 20 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Kara Stamper: kastamper@fcps.edu, 703.802.5445S
  • Spanish and Korean translation available

Lee High School, Library

  • Thursday, 1 February
  • 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Contact: Carla McIlnay Shaw, mmcilnaysha@fcps.edu, 703.924.8335
  • Spanish translation available
  • SNOW DATE: 9 February

West Potomac High School – Career Center

  • Thursday, 15 February
  • 3 pm – 7 pm
  • Contact: Liz Carter: eecarter@fcps.edu, 703.718.2548
  • 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

2018 FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS – The following FCPS Academy and Career Experience Open Houses are scheduled for January and February.  For general information on academy programs, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/academies-and-specialized.  Click on the link to the academy’s website below for specific information on each academy’s programs.

FCPS Academy & Academy Link Open House Dates

Edison Academy

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

Snow date:  3 February

Chantilly Academy

Tuesday, 23 January, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Snow date 1 February

Fairfax Academy

Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SEMINARS – Juniors interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy may wish to consider applying to attend the academy’s summer seminar. 

Academy and Program Link Application Window


U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience

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

U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar

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

3 January 2018 – TBD

U.S. Coast Guard Academy AIM Summer Program

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



10 February, 9 am – 3 pm, (doors open at 8 am), Gaylord National Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745.  More th3an 70 colleges and universities will be represented at this free event.  All attendees (students, parents, siblings, etc) need to register to attend.  Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  To get more information and to register, visit www.alfredstreet.org/ministries/outreach-and-missions/hbcu-festival/hbcu-festival-registration/


Thursday, 8 February, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Edison HS Auxiliary Gym.  Meet with admissions representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Some universities will be providing fee waivers, scholarship awards, and on-site admissions opportunities.  See Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center to learn more.  Interested students must arrange for a pre-arranged absence and provide their own transportation to attend.


4 March 1:30 – 5:00 pm, Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001.  This free event is for any high school and undergraduate student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession.  Prospective veterinary students can meet with admissions representatives from veterinary medical colleges in the US and abroad.  Information sessions are offered to give information on veterinary careers and applying to veterinary schools.  Registration is now open at https://tinyurl.com/2018AAVMC-CareerFair.  For questions, email diversitymatters@aavmc.org.



 George Mason University College of Science offers FREE access to real-world, hands-on research to high school and undergraduate students.  Participants work one-on-one with university researchers using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis-driven questions in a variety of scientific areas.  The program lasts 7.5 weeks beginning on 22 June and ending on 10 August.  Get more information and apply at http://assip.cos.gmu.edu/Applications are due 5 February.


 Bank of America offers Juniors and Seniors eight-week, paid summer internships at a local nonprofit organization.  Learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you can learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. 8 – 13 July at which you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.  Applicants must be able to work legally in the U.S. for 35 hours/week through the end of September 2018.  Applicants will need to provide a recommendation.  Visit https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/student-leader-eligibility-criteria.html#fbid=b46MD7ISy7n for more information and to apply.  Do not delay.  The deadline is not clearly provided and could be very soon.


2017-2018 WNO (Washington National Opera) YOUNG ASSOCIATES PROGRAM

Through Verdi’s Don Carlo, WNO Young Associates learn how a world class opera company puts together a professional production by observing several stages of the rehearsal process and learning from artists, WNO staff, the WNO Costume Studio, and the backstage of the Kennedy Center Opera House.  High school students (Grades 9 – 12) in the DC Metro area interested in exploring the professional world of opera are welcome to apply.  Your interest may be in performing onstage or in the orchestra; designing sets, costumes or lighting; working behind the scenes; bringing the production and audiences together through public relations and marketing; using art for social change, or any other aspect of opera and related art forms.  Participants must commit to attending at least four of six scheduled events which are held at both the WNO Rehearsal Studios in Takoma Park and at the Kennedy Center.  Applications require an online form, three short essay questions, a teacher recommendation, and a $6 application fee.  The program fee is $40 which includes events and meals.  (Need-based scholarships are available.)  Completed applications must be received by 17 January.  Get all the information, learn the schedule for the six events, and apply at http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/wno/schoolprograms/wnoyoungassociates.cfm.


Interested in starting your own business?  Have a great idea and want help getting started?  TyE Boot Camp is designed to help students develop strong business acumen, communication skills, time management, and confidence needed to succeed.  TyE is a free course held at George Mason University.  Meetings are held on Saturdays in February, March and April, where students develop business ideas and plans, then participate in a culminating business plan competition.  Winners of the business plan competition move on to national competition held in DC in June.  Get all the details and apply at http://dc.tie.org/applications-now-being-accepted-for-2018-tie-dc-young-entrepreneurs-tye-program/  Admission is rolling until 31 January.


 8 - 12 July, Virginia State University.  The Youth Leadership Academy is a new opportunity for rising Virginia Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to participate in customized learning and fun through personal and career, advocacy, and leadership development activities designed for youth with disabilities.  Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communication skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers.  All expenses are paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, including food and lodging.  Completed applications must include activities, two recommendations, and a few short-answer responses.  Only 25 students will be selected through a highly-competitive application process.  For more information and to apply, visit www.vaboard.org/YLA.htmRecommendations must be received by 5 pm on 15 March.  Applications must be received by 5 pm on 16 March 2018.


The Northern Virginia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) will again sponsor rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in Northern Virginia to attend, all-expenses paid (including travel), one-week long Engineering and Construction Camps this summer.  Dates vary based on preferred camp.  Sponsored camps are listed below.  Interested students should review the eligibility requirements and complete the applications for all camps of interest at www.same.org/stemcamps.  If interested in more than one camp, please state order of preference.  Selection of sponsored students is made through a competitive process.  Sponsored camp attendees will be invited to present their experience at a Northern Virginia post golf outing held in Northern Virginia in July.  Learn more about the Northern Virginia Post of SAME at www.same.org/novaThe Northern Virginia Post must receive completed applications by 15 March.  Please mail or electronically send a PDF of your application to:

  • Jay Manik
  • Engineering and Construction Camp Director
  • Northern Virginia Post, SAME
  • 13373 Scotsmore Way
  • Oak Hill, VA 20171
  • (Office) 703.691.6564  (Mobile) 703.638.3259
  • Email: jay.manik@cox.net

The Camps:

  • SAME/U.S. Army Camp
  • 10-16 June
  • U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center, Vicksburg, MS
  • SAME/U.S. Air Force Academy Camp
  • 26 June – 2 July
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
  • SAME/U.S. Air Force Base Camp
  • 23-28 July
  • Scott Air Force Base, IL
  • SAME/U.S. Marine Corps Camps
  • 17-23 June
  • Camp Lejeune, NC



Volunteer buddies are needed to help with the Adapted Sports programs this winter.  Volunteers work with individuals ages 5 – 18.  Through weekly engagement in sports, you can help players gain confidence, social skills, gross motor skills, behavior skills, and the opportunity to be part of community-based settings.  Consistency is important, so volunteers are asked to commit to the full 7-week program held at the Jewish Community Center.  Basketball will meet Saturdays from 3:15 – 4 pm, 20 January – 17 March with no practice on 27 January or 17 February.  Indoor TOPSoccer will meet Sundays from 10:30 am -11:30 am, 21 January -18 March with no practice 28 January or 18 February.  Please contact Aryn Cahen, the Special Needs Program Coordinator, ASAP, at aryn.cahen@jccnv.orgs or 703.537.032 if willing to volunteer.


Volunteers, ages 15 – 17, are needed to work with students aged 6 – 11 at Mad Science Summer Camps 2018.  Help children design, create, build, and assemble an assortment of interesting projects.  There will be 25 camp locations in Fairfax County, Arlington, Montgomery County, and DC to choose from.  Volunteer by contacting Nicole Powell at 301.593.4777, ex 107 or at jnicole@madscienceofdc.com.  Get more information about the program at http://dc.madscience.org/campexperience.aspx.



5622-G Ox Road (next to Fairfax Station Gold’s Gm)Liberty Tax Service is looking for outgoing energetic people to be part-time costumed wavers and marketers. The position pays $12 per hour and applicants must be at least 16 years old. Apply in person or call to make an appointment for an interview at 703.323.5580.



19 January 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 – Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA.  The FCPS Parent Resource Center is sponsoring this workshop.  At this workshop, Dr. Krystal M. Lewis, from the National Institute of Mental Health, Development and Affective Neuroscience Section, will present the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens. Learn how to identify anxious youth, how to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders.  Register now at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.


 George Washington University, 2201 G Street NW, Washington DC, 23 – 24 February.  This conference is for high school Juniors and Seniors interested in a career in Sports and Management.   Guided tours of GWU’s campus are also available during which participants can learn more about GWU’s sports management program.  A discounted price of $79 is being offered for high school students to attend Saturday conference activities only.  A discounted price of $179 is being offered to high school students to attend the full conference.  For more information and to register, visit www.sincconference.com or call 202.994.6623.


24 January 7 – 8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1 – Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA.  The FCPS Parent Resource Center is sponsoring this workshop.  Restore calm in your life and your home when you implement the concrete strategies presented at this workshop by Celebrate Calm Founder Kirk Martin and his son Casey. Perfect for parents of children ages 2-22.  Register now at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.



The American Chemical Scholars Program is offering a $2,500 award to Seniors who are African American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino and are U.S. citizen or a permanent residents planning to pursue a chemically-related field at an accredited two- or four-year college.  Selection criteria include academics (a 3.0 or better GPA), career objective, financial need, leadership ability, participation in school activities and community service.  Applicants who are planning to study chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, materials science/petroleum engineering, environmental science, food science, nanotechnology/nano science, forensic science, etc. are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and provide a transcript, SAT/ACT score report, two recommendations (one from a chemistry teacher or someone familiar with your science experience), and the SAR from a FAFSA filing.  Visit Family Connection or https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships/acsscholars.html for more information and to apply.   The deadline is 1 March


The Belvoir Enlisted Spouses' Club Dependent Scholarship provides an undisclosed amount in scholarships to spouses or child-dependents of active duty, reserve, guard, retired or family of deceased military personnel who plan to pursue higher education full time at an accredited college or vocational-technical institution in the 2018 - 19 academic year.  Applicant’s sponsor must reside in the national capital region and possess a valid military I.D.  Application packets must include: a completed scholarship application, listing of extracurriculars and awards, the most recent transcript, household income (LES and/or pay stub), copy of proof of military affiliation, two recommendations from teachers or employers, contact information for a personal reference, and an essay of 500-750 words on one of two topics: (1) How has your family background affected the way you see the world?  (2) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  Winners are asked to attend an awards ceremony late in May.  For details and more information visit www.belvoiresc.org/scholarships/. Completed applications are due by 28 February; incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition awards cash prizes up to $3,000 to teams of 1 - 3 high school students. Students generate an innovative idea for a new business concept, create a very simple business plan, and present it to seasoned entrepreneurs.  Students then network, and compete.  This year a nationwide virtual competition, including physical pitches (in Maryland and Silicon Valley) is planned. Teams register, get questions answered and help brainstorming ideas so they can create a 90-second video describing their business idea.  For details and registration information visit http://blueoceancompetition.org/ or the Career Center.  Registration deadline is 31 January or when 300 teams have registered, and final submissions are due 3 March. 


The Dream Project is offering scholarships between $1,000 and $2,000 to immigrant Seniors graduating from VA high schools who are pursuing a two- or four-year college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, perseverance/persistence in the face of adversity, and financial need.  Applicants must be born outside of the U.S. and have an immigration status that creates barriers to access and succeed and in college.  Applications must include a transcript and two letters of recommendation, and interviews will be conducted in March.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.dreamproject-va.org/The deadline is 2 February.


The Cecil and Florene Limburg Scholarship is offering FCPS Seniors from Fairfax, Lake Braddock, Paul VI, Robinson, and Woodson high schools the opportunity to compete for a $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants will be evaluated on scholastic achievement documented with a transcript (20%); extra-curricular activities including employment (30%); an interview (30%); and a 500-word essay describing your personal and professional goals, how you intend to achieve those goals, and activities you have done to help achieve them (20%).  For more information, visit Family Connection.  Deadline is 22 March.


Applicants must be a graduating Senior resident of Fairfax County attending a Fairfax County Public School, and must provide proof of acceptance at an accredited college/university, junior college, or vocational school.  The most qualified applicant will receive a $2,500 award and 9 students (one for each of the Fairfax County Supervisory Districts) will receive $1,000.  Applications will be assessed for community service that benefits citizens and communities of Fairfax County, academic accomplishments, leadership, and extra-curricular activities.  An essay (250 – 500 words) describing the positive effects of the applicant’s community service and community spirit, and a transcript are required in addition to the application.  Applicants may upload up to three supporting documents such as recommendations, portfolio documents, or anything that supports the application.  Award recipients must attend a special Celebrate Fairfax Salute with VIP access.  Visit Family Connection for details and the application or http://celebratefairfax.com/scholarships/Deadline to apply online is 1 March.


NVADACA announces its annual scholarship program.  Seniors in Virginia Northern Region High Schools who have participated in interscholastic sports as an athlete, team manager, athletic trainer or cheerleader are eligible to apply to receive one of several scholarships.  Last year 19 scholarships of $3,500 were awarded.  Included in the awarded scholarships are three special scholarships recognizing: a physically challenged student, a student planning a career in elementary education, and a student with two letters in either baseball or softball.  Completed application packets include a listing of athletics and activities, a 500-word essay on one of three topics, a recommendation, and a transcript release form for an official seventh semester transcript.  A statement of financial need is required, but need is viewed very broadly.  Criteria for judging will include academic achievement, extent of involvement, contributions to the team(s), contributions to school, community, church, and work, writing skills, leadership, and financial need.  The application is available at http://www.nvadaca.org/scholarship-applicationsSubmit your completed, printed application and transcript release form to the Career Center NLT Monday, 12 February.


700 scholarship grants of $2,000, renewable up to 4 years, will be awarded to dependent, unmarried children or survivors under the age of 23 of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members. Applicants and sponsors must be enrolled in DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) and have a current military ID card.  Applicants must be enrolled, or planning to enroll, full-time in the fall of 2018 in an undergraduate program of studies leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at an accredited U.S. college or university, including 2-year transfer programs.  High school Seniors must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed application packets include a list of extracurricular activities, awards/honors, and work experience, a transcript, school code (if applicable), and a 500-word essay discussing With the development of high speed internet you are now living in a world that is completely different than 20 years ago.  What are the pluses and minuses for society and the family?  How would you address the minuses?  For more information and an application, visit Family Connection or www.militaryscholar.orgApplication packets must be submitted to any commissary no later than 16 February.


The Trevor A. Alexander Scholarship Foundation is offering $1,000 to a Senior graduating from the Fairfax County Public School System.  A viable candidate must demonstrate leadership, achievement, and forward thinking within his or her community.  Applicants will have a 2.5 or better GPA, plan to major in a STEM field at a four-year college, and provide a transcript, resume, and one recommendation.  A cover letter sharing personal attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations is optional.  For more information www.alexanderscholarship.com/Applications are due 4 May.


The Virginia ESL Supervisors Association offers up to $1,000 in scholarships to Seniors who are or have been enrolled in an ESL class in a Virginia public school for at least one year during grade 6 – 12 and are pursuing studies at an institution of higher learning.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.  Completed packets include: a complete application, a copy of all high school transcripts available, two recommendations (from a teacher, school counselor, and/or principal at the school in which the student is enrolled), two responses to specific questions on the application (up to 300 words each), and any additional information you think will be helpful for the selection committee, such as clubs, sports, hobbies, community service, honors, financial need, etc.   For details and an application visit www.vesava.org or Family Connection. Completed application packets are due no later than 6 April.


The WITS Program offers multiple scholarships up to $2,500 to female Seniors and college students pursuing career in computer science, information technology, information systems, or IT related fields.  Applicants must plan to attend a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the United States.  Applicants will be assessed on academics (3.0 or better GPA documented by a transcript), community service and extracurricular activity, leadership experience and qualities, a personal statement (200-500 words), and an essay that defines information technology and a specific problem in your local community with an information technology-related solution likely to make an immediate impact on the problem.  For more information, visit Family Connection and at https://www.trustvip.com/news/press-releases/vip-announces-10th-annual-women-in-technology-scholarship-wits-program.  Completed applications are due 1 April. 


AASuccess challenges high school students in the DC Metro area to participate in up to two rounds of competition.  $7,000 will be awarded to five applicants who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community service and excellence in essay writing and oral presentation.  The first round starts with an essay (500 – 1,000 words).  If the essay is selected, the applicant will present orally.  This year’s prompt is: If you could leverage $1,000, what project(s) could or would you undertake to make improvements in your local neighborhood or community.  1st place winner receives $2,500, 2nd  receives $1,500, 3rd $1,000, 4th, $500.  There is also an income-based award of $1,500.  Completed applications must include the essay, a one-page resume highlighting achievements and extracurricular activities, and an unofficial transcript.  Applicants wishing to be considered for the income-based award need to provide proof of 2016/17 income.  Apply online at https://youthcon.aasuccess.org/applicationEssays must be submitted by 21 January. 


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.


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