WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

12 June 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
June 12, 2020

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.

Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.

This document contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

With COVID comes lots of online opportunities.  Some of opportunities in this newsletter are using Zoom

 It is important that everyone read and understand the FCPS Zoom disclaimer:

Advertisement of [any] opportunity (using Zoom] does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school… Zoom [is] an online technology video and web conferencing tool that has not been approved for use in FCPS by the FCPS Department of Information Technology. Numerous outside organizations are utilizing Zoom to provide services and resources to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and family es should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for Zoom before participating.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

SUMMER IS HERE

The College and Career Center Newsletter will not be updated again until the fall.  Those interested in scholarships need to check Naviance Student for summer additions.

FREE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT TECHNICIAN “NUTS AND BOLTS CLASS”

15 & 22 July, 5:30 – 7 pm - FCPS Adult & Community Education and Career & Technical Education are offering a virtual Intro to Property Maintenance Tech Careers class FREE to FCPS Students.  There are two access points for registration, AND both will work best with Internet Explorer.  Use whichever access point works for you: https://bit.ly/REGISTERACE or www.aceclasses.fcps.edu   To find the class, click advanced search and enter “PMT” into the key words box.  Use the code “CAREERPLAN” to sign up for FREE!  If you have any questions, please contact Work-Based Learning Specialist, Matt Bechtel at @email.

SEPTEMBER SAT REGISTRATION

Students can register for the new SAT September 26 and 27 administration online or by phone only: SAT paper registration isn't available for this test date. Please note that paper registration remains available for all other scheduled test dates this fall including August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. (Students under 13 who can't register online won't be charged for phone registration.)

SUMMER VACATION

Do something constructive with your time.  Check out the links to compilations at the end of the newsletter to see additional ideas that may be provide an opportunity well-suited by you as well as the Good Summer Ideas under Don’t Forget.

DON’T FORGET

GOOD SUMMER IDEAS – Do something constructive with your summer!  You can always learn and grow.  All students should be engaged in career research so they can find the best match for their post-secondary education.  Consider the following opportunities for constructive use of this summer: 

GOOD, OFFICIAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION – The office of the U.S. Department of Education provides information and help online for families seeking information on paying for college and financial aid.  Their pages have recently been updated.  Visit https://studentaid.gov/ to discover the most up-to-date information. 

  • Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (new)
  • Feedback Center (improved)
  • Loan Simulator (added functionality)
  • Aidan ℠ virtual assistant (access expanded)

For more information, visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/next-gen.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

COLLEGE ACCESS ACADEMY AT DREXEL

20 – 24 July – Drexel University offers minority and first-generation rising Juniors and rising seniors this scholarship program.  Participants are paired with a faculty mentor and can leave the program with a list of right-fit schools to visit and apply to.  Visit https://drexel.edu/academics/summer/college-access/ for more information and to apply. Applications are due 17 June.

EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

6 – 31 July – The Emerging Leader Program Part I supports students of immigrant, low-income and/or minority backgrounds as they progress through high school and transition into college and the professional workforce. Participants learn in interactive workshops designed to help develop leadership skills, gain college awareness, and become more involved in the community! Participants will be connected with mentors who will provide guidance and support.  Application requirements require registration to see.  Visit http://tinyurl.com/LeaderSummer20  for more information and to apply.

FCPS FREE ONLINE SUMMER ARTS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

6 July – 7 August – FCPS offers a free online summer arts enrichment program with a variety of classes in art, music, theater, and dance.  Visit https://www.fcps.edu/news/fcps-offers-free-online-summer-arts-enrichment-program for more information.

NEW WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS

ASVAB CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM WEBINARS – Students who have taken the ASVAB have access to the career planning tools at asvabprogram.com.  Summer workshops that will help you get even more out of the site await you.  Map post-secondary plans, including college and scholarship search, military options, and more.

EXPLORING COLLEGE OPTIONS

Multiple dates – Four colleges, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University have joined forces to share their schools and help participants explore options.  Registration is required.  Visit https://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/ for more information and to register for the session best for you.

PARENT RESOURCE CENTER - 1-2-3 Magic: The New 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting, A Webinar for Families, 19 June, 10 am – noon - 1-2-3 Magic allows you to learn how to set limits for and connect with your children by breaking down the task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

  • Get your kids to STOP difficult behavior (whining, arguing, tantrums, etc.).
  • Get your kids to START doing what you want them to do (picking up, going to bed, doing homework, etc.).
  • Powerful strategies to reinforce the bond between you and your children.

Presented by Lauren Hawkins and Robin Yuckenberg, FCPS Behavior Intervention Teachers.  Register for 1-2-3 Magic: The New 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting A Webinar for Families.

VIRTUAL CTE CAREER EXPLORATION

24 June - NOVA SySTEMic is hosting a Zoom (be sure you understand the disclaimer above) career exploration series for prospective students to learn about CTE pathways at NOVA from college faculty and staff.  Careers discussed will include automotive technology, horticulture technology, veterinary technology, and cybersecurity.  Get all the details and register at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZGhmagOn-d2wFLuhgW-LhwRY05DoYPrLQkkqjYFws63MssQ/viewformRegister by 19 June.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

2020 CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE

The Congressional App Challenge offers middle and high school students an opportunity to enhance skills and interests in computer science and STEM.  Create an app on any platform that is running when submitted.  Applicants have a free range on the type of app including an app that could help solve problems in the community, state, nation, or even the world.  Winning apps can be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building and featured on the House of Representatives’ website, and winners will be invited to a special House Reception.  Other prizes are to be determined.  Apps can be created by individuals or teams of up to four.  To find all of the details and to register, visit Naviance Student or  https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/.  Applicants are asked to register, and Final submissions are due at 5 pm on 19 October. 

2020 GOLDEN NIB WRITING CONTEST FOR TEENS

The Virginia Writer’s Club will award prizes of $100, $50, and $25 to a high school student (including rising 9th graders).  There are three entry categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; and teens may make a submission to each category.  NOTE: Submission grants the Virginia Writer’s Club the right to publish winners and their entries for one year.  Visit online at https://www.virginiawritersclub.org/VWC-Blog/8966370 to get all the details and to apply.  Submissions are due 29 June.

MARY LEE PETERSON ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Art Guild of Clifton will provide $750 to a Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA with demonstrated artistic talent who is graduating from high school in Fairfax County and planning a major in either fine or performing arts at a post-secondary institution.  A completed application must include two recommendations (one or both active in his/her arts field), and an original body of work in visual or performing arts. (one- three works).  Specific guidelines for submissions can be found in the application.  Judging will be based on originality/creativity, composition, skill proficiency of tools and processes, concept/idea, quality, presentation, and fulfilling entry guidelines.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download an application.  Completed applications must be received by 30 June (an extended deadline).

PANDA CARES – UNCF FIRST YEAR SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Panda Cares will award a scholarship to a Senior qualifying for a Pell Grant who will attend an accredited U.S. 4-year college/university full-time in the fall of 2020.  Applicants must reside in specified states, including Virginia; be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include your personal info, high school information; GPA, college information; a recommendation; the SAR from a FAFSA filing; copy of your college financial aid award letter; a transcript; descriptions of leadership, community service, and employment activities; and an essay discussing what motivates you to wake up every day?.  Visit Naviance student or https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/8c5061df-2679-41f7-bc42-74d4b6c8b971 for more information and to apply Completed applications are due 6 July.

POWER OF PERSEVERANCE SCHOLARSHIP –

Papa John’s will award $2,500 through the UNCF to a minority Senior or college student who is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident demonstrating unmet financial need and who will be attending to attend an accredited 4-year college/university.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA.  A completed application must include the SAR from a FAFSA filing; a recommendation, a transcript; descriptions of leadership, community service, and employment activities; and an essay (≤ 250 words) statement of your personal career interest.  Visit Naviance student or https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/239d655d-aa2a-49ed-92f3-82f697287ded for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 2 July.

RENEWABLE PEDIA SCHOLARSHIPS

Renewable Pedia will award $2,000 to a Senor or college student who will attend a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include contact information, college/university information, and an essay (≥ 500 words) discussing How renewable energy can help a nation get back on its feet,  Visit Naviance Student or https://renewablepedia.com/scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 December.

SLUMBER YARD SCHOLARSHIP

Slumber Yard will award $1,500 to a graduating Senior or college student who will be attending a 2- or 4-year college/university in the United States.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and demonstrate an interest in business or entrepreneurship through volunteer, professional, and/or educational experiences.  Completed applications must include your contact information, your college name, transcript and a video (≤ 5 minutes) answering the following questions:  (1) Why are you interested in pursuing a degree and/or career in business or entrepreneurship?  What sparked your interest in these fields?  (2) What is your ultimate goal or dream job? What are the steps you are taking to achieve your goals?  Visit Naviance student or https://myslumberyard.com/scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 31 July.

UNCF/NISSAN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

NISSAN, through the UNCF, will award $2,500 (renewable to $10,000 over four years) to a Senior planning to attend a Historically Black College/University (HBCU) to pursue a degree in engineering, business, marketing, information technology, and/or finance.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include two recommendations (1 teacher/counselor and 1 civic/community leader) and a transcript, and an essay (2 pages) describing your community service and how receiving this scholarship will support your personal goals.  Visit Naviance Student or https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/e4e40e5f-112f-4ada-811e-f4dd00a7fd13?_ga=2.35674664.961626241.1591717860-1000588670.1591717860  for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 16 June.

VETERINARY NATURALS SCHOLARSHIP

Veterinary Naturals will award $500 to a Senor or college student who will attend a 4-year college/university planning to study veterinary science.  Applicants must be 18 years or older and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include your contact information, your college/university information, and an essay (≥ 1,000 words) discussing How Holistic Care Can Help Pets Live Longer, Happier Lives.  Visit Naviance Student or https://vetnaturals.com/pages/scholarship-program for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 30 March 2021.

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.

CONFERENCES / SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS

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

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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

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.