WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

13 April 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
April 13, 2018

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.



WTW CAREER FAIR, INVESTIGATING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (ICO) – Wednesday, 18 April, All Lunches, Cavalier Hall – Approximately 50 presenters will come to Cavalier Hall to answer questions about their careers.  Discover what it takes to get into a career and succeed from Real People with Real Answers.  Bring a bag lunch with finger-food to Cavalier Hall and have a “working” lunch during which you WILL meet interesting people, practice your networking skills, and learn something important.  There will be door prizes for lucky students who talk with at least two of our presenters.  Parents – Help your students by giving them a bag lunch on the 18th and discovering what they learned after school.


We are planning our Senior Awards Ceremony to be held Monday, 21 May.  We need to know about all scholarships you will be using when you go to your post-secondary school.  Please give Mrs. Ishii, in the Career Center, a completed scholarship information form.  The scholarship information form can be found in Family Connection.  Click the document library link on the Family Connection welcome page (on the right), click Senior Documents, click view Scholarship-Info-Form-17-18.pdf.  Enter all data on the form and print it. (Form works well with Chrome).  Completed forms are due in the Career Center NLT 1 May!!!


NOVA placement exams will be given at WTW on 25 and 26 April.  To take the placement exams, students must apply to NOVA and get a NOVA SIS ID.  Interested students need to register in the Career Center with their name, NOVA ID, and email address by Monday, 23 April. 



If you are taking an AP Exam and would like to be excused from your other classes on the day of the exam, you must fill out and return an AP Excused Absence Form.  These blue forms are available in the Attendance office, Student Services, and the Main Office.  Completed forms must be returned to Attendance by April 25th.  (These forms are only for students taking AP Exams. If you are not taking an AP Exam you will report to classes as usual that day.)  Please contact Ms. Forney if you have any questions.


The NOVA Annandale Campus is offering two more Snapshot of NOVA events for students interested in attending NOVA or learning more about NOVA.  Each Snapshot event will include a tour of the NOVA Annandale campus and an admissions discussion.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/SnapNOVA.  Plan to meet at the CA Mark Warner Building Information Desk. 

  • Monday, 16 April, 12 - 1 pm
  • Monday, 21 May, 5 – 6 pm


Wednesday 18 April in F105 after schoolFairfax County provides schools with a digital tool for tracking volunteer hours called x2VOL, and WTW is using it.  Woodson now tracks volunteer hours for both service learning, which may result in a service learning cord worn at graduation, and general community service hours, which may result in a diploma seal for excellence in civics and education given by the Virginia State Board of Education.  Students should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use X2VOL.


18 April, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Community Cultural Building (CE Building), Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VAFCPS and NVCC are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options.  The conference will include presentations from Disability Services and Counseling Services and a Q&A session.  RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y7aoazqo.  For more information, call 703.488.6497 or Woodson’s Employment and Transition Representative.


Fairfax County is seeking a student member to serve on the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) from July 2018 – June 2019.  Representatives learn about a broad range of environmental issues affecting our community, help influence and shape Fairfax County environmental policies, and have voting rights on matters that come before the council.  Current Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to apply.  Applications must include a transcript, extracurriculars, two references, and an essay (~500 words) demonstrating an interest in, and understanding of, environmental matters.  Get all the details and an application at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/environmental-quality-advisory-councilCompleted applications are due by 27 April.



21 May, 7:00 pm, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel – This free college fair and information session is for students and parents. The sessions begin with a 30-minute presentation on the college search process followed by a college fair that lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  Students are able to collect information from and speak directly with admissions representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired the book Colleges That Change Lives by Lauren Pope.  Visit http://ctcl.org/info-sessions/.for details.



28 June - 1 July, Blacksburg, VA – This FREE program for Sophomores and Juniors living in Virginia gives students the opportunity to live on campus for four days, learn about college opportunities and financial aid, participate in workshops, spend a day immersed in STEM, and network with Virginia Hispanic leaders.  The program includes transportation to and from Virginia Tech, room and board, and a t-shirt.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and be current Sophomores or Juniors enrolled full-time at a Virginia high school.  Visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6GypXf1WPUonDHn to get all the details and apply.  Applications are due 15 April.



14 April, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA – The BioCode competition is held by TJ Bioinformatics Society. In this competition, teams compete with each other to solve the most number of problems that range from easy to hard in difficulty. These problems are all related to biology but require no previous biological knowledge and only minimal CS experience. The competition is completely free and over $1,550 in prizes will be awarded.  There will be 4 divisions: middle school, basic high school (have not taken AP Computer Science), and advanced high school (have taken AP Computer Science). If you currently do not have a team, you will be paired with other students in your division. In addition to the competition, interested students can also attend information sessions to learn more about bioinformatics or programming as well as TJ. Lunch will be provided and additional snacks and concessions will be available for purchase.  Registration is closed, but for a $5 fee, you may register at the door the day of the event.  Visit http://tjbioinformatics.wixsite.com/biocode?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery for more information.


28 April, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, George Mason University, Johnson Center Building, Dewberry Hall, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is hosting the first LOFT Coder Summit (LCS) in the Greater Washington D.C area.  Latina/o, African American, female, Native and other underrepresented coders, programmers, hackers, developers, and/ or a computer scientists are invited to the Summit.  This FREE one-day program consists of workshops on interviewing skills, career paths, latest tech trends, languages, and more. Plus, coders will network, connect with mentors and role models, and entrepreneurs.  For more information and to register, visit https://lcs.splashthat.com/.



14632 Compton Road, Centreville, VA – The UOSA, a regional water reclamation plant, is looking for two full-time, temporary Operations Support Specialists.  The assignments end in August and are paid at a rate of $12/hour.  Responsibilities include manual labor involving pumps, hoses, shovels, and ladders.  Examples of tasks to be performed are degreasing and de-scaling pipes, floors, pumps, and other surfaces, entry into dirty basins, hosing/vactoring filter media, and repetitive diffuser replacement, etc.  Applicants must be able to handle physical requirements including extensive walking, bending, stooping, climbing of stairs and ladders, and lifting and carrying up to 75 pounds.  Experience or aptitude in mobile, vehicular, and industrial mechanical equipment operation and maintenance is required.  Completion of high school or a GED is desired.  All interested candidates must submit a UOSA application via fax or email to good.jobs@uosa.org.  Information on open positions and how to apply can be found at http://www.uosa.org/DisplayContentUOSA.asp?ID=30000356.  Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of drug screen, physical, and background check paid by UOSA.  UOSA is also looking to fill other full-time permanent positions including a Support Specialists Trainee.  For more information, visit www.UOSA.org under Careers.



Allied Van Lines is offering three $1,000 scholarships to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents planning to attend an accredited college/university or vo-tech school full time in fall of 2018 to get a Bachelor’s degree in logistics or a similar field.  Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or better, provide an official transcript, and a 400- to 800- word essay discussing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice.  For additional information, visit Family Connection or https://www.allied.com/scholarshipCompleted applications are due 15 December.


The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation offers scholarships from $1,500 to $2,500 to Seniors who will enter an apprenticeship, certificate program or post-secondary degree program.  Applicants must have an unweighted 2.75 or better GPA and be accepted to a culinary, pastry, or foodservice-related major.  Two references are required.  Applicants must create an account to discover everything.  Visit Family Connection or https://www.cvent.com/c/abstracts/ec54b3ef-531a-4890-b380-eea4c8cb274b to learn all the details and to apply.  Completed applications are due 30 April.


The Fairfax-Burke Chapter of Jack and Jill of America provides a $1,000 scholarship to African-American/Black Seniors with financial need who have demonstrated strong academic abilities and good academic standing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of Fairfax County, graduating from high school in Spring 2018 and entering a two- or four-year college or university as a full-time freshman in Fall 2018.  Applicants will be assessed on academic achievement, financial need, quality of essay, contributions to school and community, and recommendations.  A completed application packet must include: an official high school transcript, two sealed recommendations, extracurricular information, any honors/awards, information on honors and awards *from either the school guidance counselor or a teacher,) and an essay discussing:  Considering recent high profile movements, such as the March for Our Lives, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Women’s March, please write a brief essay on how you can make a difference, whether by joining (or continuing to support) any of these or similar efforts or utilizing other methodologies.  Finalists must provide either copies of W-2 forms or the SAR from the FAFSA filing.  For more details and to download an application, visit Family Connection. The application and completed attachments are due 27 April.


MBE Empowerment Fund offers non-renewable, $500 merit-based scholarships for emerging entrepreneurs with demonstrated entrepreneurial talents or accomplishments. Applicant must be at least 17 years old, a U.S. citizen and Virginia resident with a 3.0 or better GPA, and be accepted to an accredited business program at a Virginia college/university.  Completed applications must include an official transcript; two recommendations (one from a faculty member and one from a community official cited in the application,) a copy of a photo ID, a copy of one’s college acceptance/enrollment, and proof of registration in a VHCDC sponsored program.  Finally, a completed application must include a letter of inquiry (at least 500 words) including: (1) What motivates you to own your own business?  (2) Describe the business you want to own.  (3) What product or service are you planning to sell?  (4) What past or current experiences have prepared you for this venture?  (5) How would you finance your business?  For more details and to download an application, visit Family Connection or www.mbeempowermentfund.org. Completed applications are due 8 June.


The Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship Fund was created to support students from newly immigrated Ethiopian families now living in the Greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Area.  The scholarship provides $1,000 annually in $500 increments.  Applicants must be Seniors and must provide an official high school transcript; documentation of admittance to an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university, and once admitted, maintain grades sufficient to be a student in good standing.  A completed application must also provide a list of community service performed; submit a signed copy of the application and of the rules, and write an essay (up to 400 words) on one of the four topics: (1) When I graduate college I hope to make the world a better place. Please discuss how you would do so.  (2) There are several places in the world that are at war. Please discuss your ideas to improve world peace, or in one area of the world.  (3) Discuss the life experience that has most dramatically affected your attitudes.  (4) Name the person who has had the greatest influence on your life and explain how he or she has influenced you.  Applicants must be available on the date that the scholarship is awarded (date to be announced) and must make a good faith effort to attend the annual award ceremony while still receiving scholarship benefits, and at the conclusion of every semester, must provide proof that you remain in good standing in an accredited college/university with a copy of an official transcript.  Visit https://www.chaikinandsherman.com/Ethiopian-Heritage-Scholarship.aspx or Family Connection for details and application.  Applications and supporting material must be submitted by 29 June.


The Fairfax Alliance of Black Educators offers one $500 and two $250 scholarships to Seniors.  Applicants must be graduating Seniors of a Fairfax County Public School, have been accepted to and plan to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the fall of 2018 as a full-time student, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.  A completed application must include an official transcript, two recommendations/character references, a listing of awards and community/school activities, an employment history (including volunteer experience), and an essay (150-200 words) discussing: My future aspirations and how this scholarship will help me achieve my goals..  Visit Family Connection to download an application and find more details.  Completed applications are due no later than 1 May.


Together We Rise is seeking 10 aging-out foster youth aged of 17-24 to join their Family Fellowship Program. The Family Fellowship Program provides up to five years of financial support (tuition, board and room) to high school graduates or current high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and have been in foster care while living in the U.S for 12 consecutive months up to and including their 18th birthday, OR adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 13th birthday, OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.  Applicants must be living in Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, or DC though they may attend school out-of-state.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and plan to attend an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school including vo-tech schools.  A completed application packet must include: the Family Fellowship application page; proof of ward of the court, adoption, or guardianship; two recommendations; school photo, signed statement of accuracy; an official, sealed transcript; and a 3 – 5 page personal statement telling your personal story with the foster care system and how that experience shaped your education values and drive to attend college, as well as your academic interests/career goals, and explain how becoming a Family Fellow will impact your life and allow you to thrive in higher education.  visit Family Connection or https://www.togetherwerise.org/family-fellowship/scholarship-application/ for more details.  Completed applications due by 1 May.


The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association will award a $5,000 scholarship to a graduating high school Senior planning to attend a four year-college or university. At least one of the parents (or guardians) of the student must be a current federal government attorney or federal judge and a member of the Federal Bar Association. Completed applications must include: a complete application, extracurriculars, an official transcript, a copy of the letter of acceptance from the college or university the applicant plans to attend, and a one-page essay on “Explain what you hope to gain from a college education”. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: academic record, leadership recognition, school and community activities and service, and both substance and written communication skills in the essay response. For more details or to download the scholarship application visit www.fedbar.org/Foundation/Foundation-Public-Service-Scholarship-Award.aspx or Family Connection. Completed applications must be emailed by 30 April.


Comite Pro Bolivia offers four $1,000 and one $10,000 scholarships to Seniors and undergraduate students of Bolivian descent with a 3.0 or better GPA who reside in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia.  Applicants must plan to attend, as a full-time student, an accredited educational institution in the United States in the Fall of 2018.  Completed applications must include extracurriculars, honors / awards, a transcript, recommendation from a teacher, coach, community leader, or mentor, a copy of SAR from FAFSA or 2017 filed tax returns, and an essay (300 words) discussing How have you contributed to the betterment of your Bolivian community?  Finalists will be invited for an interview.  For additional details visit http://proboliviausa.org/en/ or Family Connection. Entries must submitted no later than 30 April.  


The Northern Virginia B’Nai B’rith Association offers Sports Scholarships to Jewish, Senior athletes attending school in specified Northern Virginia counties, including Fairfax County, who play on a high school varsity team in a competitive sport and are entering college or university in the fall 2018.  Merit-based awards of $1,000 will be awarded to one male and one female.  Applications will be evaluated on athletic ability, GPA, SAT scores and community service.  Along with a completed application, applicants must submit a transcript, SAT scores, a recommendation by a school official, and the signature of a coach or athletic director.  Applicants must provide a short autobiography (approximately 100 words) discussing their high school years including community service activity, education and career goals.  Winners may be asked to supply a wallet-size photo and must attend the awards ceremony on 6 May to receive the scholarship.  For more details and an application visit Family Connection.  Completed application packets must be received by 25 April.


The Northern Virginia Handcrafters’ Guild (NVHG) offers this needs-based scholarship to Seniors graduating from Northern Virginia schools who have an interest and demonstrable talent in a craft or art.  One $1,500 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship will be awarded.  General requirements for qualifications include: interest and demonstrable talent in craft or art, evidence (or reasonable chance) of success in the applicants’ planned program of studies and a demonstrated financial need.  In addition to fine art, examples of crafts are metal smithing (jewelry, forged ornamental metal work), fiber crafts (weaving, batiking, dress/costume design), glass (blown, stained), woodworking (fine cabinetry, carving, furniture design), and ceramics.  Application packets must include a completed application, transcript, five (5) photos labeled and numbered of the works to be submitted for actual judging, photo identification list, a resume, contact information for two references (one from an art teacher who knows your work), and a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing.  Applicants are also asked to write an artist statement about (a selected) work, using the Feldman approach to critique concluding with your strengths and weaknesses as a rising artist and how future education will impact that growth.  Finalists will be asked for a personal interview and invited to show actual work. Awards dinner is on 11 June. For more details and an application, visit http://www.nvhg.org/nvhg-the-community/172-2018-scholarship-program or Family Connection.  Application are due by 20 April.


The Shawn Carter Foundation offers a need-based scholarship to Seniors, students with GED diplomas, college or vocational/trade school students.  Typical scholarship recipients demonstrate resiliency in the face of hardship and give back to their communities.  Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, must be 25 years old or younger, and have a 2.0 or better GPA.  Applicants must open an account to access details and an application.  A completed application requires an essay and recipient is required to conduct community service and serve as a mentor to younger aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. For more details visit Family Connection or www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/ . Applications due by 30 April 11:59 pm EST.


The Suzanne McGee Memorial Music Scholarship Fund offers a $1,000 scholarship to Seniors with a 3.0 minimum GPA who are planning to attend college, have taken private music lessons for several years, and whose legal residences are within the zip codes 22307, 22308, and 22309.  Applications must include references (one from a music instructor,) a transcript, an essay of 500 words or less about “what music means to you,” and a 2-3 minute video of the applicant performing.  For more details and an application visit Family Connection. Completed applications are due 1 June.


The Crew Scholarship Fund (TCSF) Program is dedicated to advancing the education of promising African American Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who are U.S. citizens and residents of specified Metro DC areas including Fairfax County.  Six scholarships of $500 will be awarded to students pursuing studies at an accredited two or four-year college/university or a technical school.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a copy of applicants’ official acceptance letter, and an essay (1,000 words) describing the ways the scholarship will affect their collegiate journey.  Details and an application can be found in Family Connection and at http://thecrewsf.org/the_program/Completed applications are due 27 April.


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.