WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

13 September 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 13, 2019

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PAYING FOR COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT

Wednesday, 25 September, Auditorium.  A financial aid professional will visit W.T. Woodson to share information that may make college affordable.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get professional information on paying for college.  Spanish translation available.

FUTURE QUEST COLLEGE AND CAREER CONFERENCE

26 October, 8 am – 3 pm, George Mason University Johnson Center – Future Quest is a FREE college and career conference held every two years for middle and high school students with disabilities, young adults with disabilities, their families, and professionals who work with them.  The conference is organized by George Mason University and Northern Virginia Transition Coalition.  Future Quest features more than 40 workshops and 40 exhibits related to a successful life after high school.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.futurequestgmu.org/.

FALL COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT

22 October, 6:30 pm, McLean High School Auditorium – Hear from admissions counselors about finding your best fit school and navigating the college search process.  Topics covered will include Tips for a Stress-Free College Search, Student and Career Centered Campus Resources, Liberal Arts, and Colleges that Change Lives.  All parents and students are welcome to attend.

SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP, LUNCH-N-LEARN

18 & 19 September, All Lunches, Career Center – Bring a bag lunch to the Career Center and learn about getting scholarships.  Arrive directly when lunch begins so we can cover all the information.

CORRECTED DEADLINE

OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

The SEAP, which is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.  The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel, participation in research, and making them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.  SEAP is providing competitive research internships to 250 high school students this year.  Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 28 DoN laboratories, one of which is in Washington, DC.  Stipends are provided:  $3,500 for new students and $4,000 for returning students.  To be eligible, applicants must be: a U.S.citizen; a rising 10th through 12th grader or graduating senior are eligible to apply; and 16 years old (some 15 year olds may apply at some labs).  Learn more about the program and apply at https://seap.asee.org/.  For questions, contact the Program Help Desk at 202.649.3833 or email at @email.  Completed applications for next summer are due by 6 pm on 1 November.

DON’T FORGET

CREDIT EXAMS FOR WORLD LANGUAGES

World Language Credit Exams will be administered 6, 7, and 8 November.  Students capable of writing a well-developed essay in one of the 30 languages listed may take the exam, and, if they pass, will receive two world language credits toward their advanced diploma.  The exams will be administered at three locations:

  • Wednesday, 6 November at 4:00 pm at Centreville High School (6001 Union Mill Rd, Clifton) in the Cafeteria;
  • Thursday, 7 November at Edison High School (5801 Franconia Rd., Alexandria) in the Cafeteria;
  • Friday, 8 November at Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) in the Cafeteria. 

Students should see their school counselor to register for the credit exam.  Registration will open at 8:00 am on 9 September and close at 4:00 pm on 10 October.  Late registration will not be accepted.  For more information, visit the FCPS Credit Exam website at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

MOVING ON TO LIFE IN THE COMMMUNITY: A RESOURCE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

15 October, 6:30 - 8:45 pm, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Little Theater and Cafeteria, 9200 Burke Lake Rd Burke, VA 22015 – This FREE Resource Fair is for students with disabilities and their parents.  Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options. This resource fair is for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.  Registration begins at 6:30 pm followed by a presentation in the theater at 6:45 pm and a resource fair in the cafeteria at 7:15 pm.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

COLLEGE REP VISITS

NEW REP VISITS SCHEDULED

Check out the College and Career Center Rep Visits Calendar at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar  These are student-only events.  Students need a preliminary pass to attend which can be obtained in the Career Center by 3:00 pm the day before the visit and in Naviance Student 24 hours before the visit.  The teacher of the class that will be missed must sign the document to turn it into a valid pass.

LOCAL INFO SESSIONS

HARVARD, PRINCETON, UVA, WELLESLY, YALE INFORMATION SESSION

9 October, 7:00 pm, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, 20001 – For more information and to register, visit www.hpuwy.com.

LYNN UNIVERSITY INFO SESSION & RECEPTION

21 September, 2 – 4pm, Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Please register by 19 September at https://lynn.edu/VAreception .  For more information, contact Omar Elnahas at 561.237.7579 or @email.

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

FCPS COLLEGE FAIR

20 October, 7:30-9:30 pm, Fair Oaks Mall - The FCPS College Fair offers a venue for high school students and parents to meet with colleges and universities to share information and answer questions about their institutions. College Fair is an open-air setting and traditionally draws approximately 5,000 students and parents.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning/college-fair-and-college-night.

FCPS COLLEGE NIGHT

21 October, 7-9 pm, Hayfield Secondary School - College Night attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 attendees. In addition to the open-air setting, College Night features workshops related to the college admissions process.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning/college-fair-and-college-night.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

THE BRONFMAN FELLOWSHIP

28 June – 5 August 2020, Israel – The Bronfman Fellowship is a network of 1,200+ pluralistic young Jews from Israel and North America. This program begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel.  Fellows explore deep existential questions and Jewish ideas while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them.  The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th grade. It covers round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel. Room and board at orientation and the Spring Seminar are also included. Limited additional subsidies (based on need) are available to defray costs of travel to interviews, to New York for the summer program, and for follow-up alumni activities.  Applicants must be in the 11th grade and self-identify as Jewish.  For more information and to apply, visit www.bronfman.org. The application deadline is 1 December.

DIVERSITY OVERNIGHT AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

10-11 November.  For more information and to apply for the program, visit https://case.edu/admission/diversity-overnight.  CWRU will provide transportation and meals for participants.  Space is limited.  Applications will be accepted through October 1 for the November program.

JA COMPANY PROGRAM

16 September 2019 – 20 April 2020, various sites throughout DMV area - The JA Company Program is an intensive program that offers high school students the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and operating a startup company with other students under the guidance of business professionals. The seven-month-long JA Company Program is a hands-on, in-depth experience.  Participants in the JA Company Program will design, launch, and run a company; expand their network by meeting other passionate teens and business professionals; discover the potential for for-profit companies to have a positive social impact; become confident surmounting challenges and facing uncertainties; learn how to successfully collaborate with a diverse team of individuals; build self-confidence by sharpening existing skills and developing new skills; and prepare for college and beyond.  Students in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to apply. Company size will vary depending on location, ranging from 10 to 20 students.  Teams will meet weekly for 2 hours from the week of 16 September through the week of 20 April 2020. Qualifying teams will continue to meet through June 2020 to prepare for the National Competition.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.myja.org/jacompanyprogram/learnmore.  There is a $50 registration fee.  Do not delay, as the program begins on 16 September.  

PATHWAYS TO PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MULTICULTURAL PROGRAM

11 November 8:15 am (check-in)-3:30 pm – Join fellow high school Seniors of multicultural backgrounds for an insider’s view of Providence College.  Students will spend the day and attend classes with a PC student, learn about PC’s diverse academic and social offerings, meet members of the faculty and campus community, enjoy lunch in Raymond Dining Hall, and discuss scholarship opportunities and the financial aid process.  There will be a series of presentations offered to the parents and guardians of students taking part in the program.  Space is limited, and a limited number of travel vouchers are available at the time of registration.  RSVP at https://admission.providence.edu/visit/pathways/ by 31 October. 

POLICE EXPLORER OPPORTUNITY

Local Police Explorer Posts offer program application only in the fall.  Interest meetings have been scheduled.  If you want to gain some real police experience and learn about careers in law enforcement, this may be for you.  Applicants must be between 14 (and completed 8th grade) and 20 years old, have a “C” grade average and no convictions of a felony or serious misdemeanor.  (Past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)  Participants are expected to attend mandatory meetings, training, and community outreach events, participate in fund raising events, and be able to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms (effort is made to keep costs low).  Regular meetings are held twice a month.  Post 1742 meets at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Post 2252 meets at West Potomac High School, and Post 505 meets at Annandale High School.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/getinvolved/explorers for more information and links to each post.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP GREATER WASHINGTON

January – May 2020, Washington, DC - Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a five-month interactive youth leadership development and community education program. The program serves high school Sophomores and Juniors in the Greater Washington region. YLGW provides leadership training to these youth leaders while raising their voices around critical issues in the region. YLGW engages youth to raise their awareness of critical, relevant issues and challenge their assumptions about their roles as leaders in the world.  Participants will gain leadership awareness and training specifically geared towards youth leaders, build a network of diverse, authentic relationships with other youth peers from around the region, identify community challenges, solutions, and explore how to lead now, and learn from the area's changemakers about various leadership topics such as leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience.  Youth leaders participate in the program tuition-free.  There is an application fee of $35.  Participants must be available during the following programs dates from 8:30 am – 4 pm: 10 January, 7 February, 6 March, 3 April, and 15 May.  Parent and guardian orientation will be held on 8 January.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.  For more information and to apply, visit http://lgwdc.org/youth-leadership-greater-washingtonThe application deadline is 5 pm, 25 October.

WORKSHOPS

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY'S COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOP

Sunday, 20 October (3-5 pm) or Wednesday, 13 November (6-8 pm) – High school seniors are invited to participate in an interactive, virtual workshop.  Essays can be an important part of your application.  Learn how to add depth to something that is important to you and tell the admissions committee more about your background or goals.  To see examples of essays that worked and register for the workshop, visit https://apply.jhu.edu/application-process/essays-that-worked/.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

KEEN GREATER DC

Keen Greater DC is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community, enjoy working with children, and are at least 15 years old.  KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun led by volunteer coaches.  Volunteer programs include:

  • KEEN Zumba, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Bowling, Bowl America in Falls Church, First and Third Saturday of the month, 12:30-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Vienna, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:45-4:30 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am-1:15 pm
  • KEEN Music in Springfield, Irving Middle School, Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am -1:15 pm

For more information, visit www.keengreaterdc.org.  For questions, email Denise Veneno at @email or call at 703.718.6522. updated 09/13/19

INTERNSHIP/APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program is a collaborative effort between Fairfax County Government and FCPS designed to educate and motivate high school students to become engaged citizens and leaders in their community.  This highly successful program enhances the understanding of and participation in local government and encourages the exploration of careers in public service.  This is a highly selective program with only one or two students from each County High School accepted into the program.  Students participate in a series of monthly lessons, complete work assignments related to each session, interview community leaders, participate in a three-week summer internship in a County agency, and make individual presentations to 8th grade civics students regarding their experiences in the program.  Students earn $1,000 for the summer internship.  For questions, contact the Department of Management and Budget at @emailThe application is on-line http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp and due 8 November

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

APIASF funds scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to Seniors and college students who are U.S. Citizens, nationals, or permanent residents or from Marshall I, F.S. of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau.  Applicants must be planning undergraduate study and there is a special focus on those who: live at or below the poverty level (or are of low socioeconomic status), are the first in their families to attend college, represent the APIA community’s diversity (especially underrepresented in college), and have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership as well as solid academic achievement.  Applicants must have a 2.7 or better GPA and file the FAFSA.  A completed application must include a reference and three essays of up to 500 words each.  Registration is required to see all application requirements.  Last year’s essay prompts asked that the applicant describe goals, community impact, and challenges.  More details can be found in Naviance Student or at https://apiascholars.org/scholarship/apia-scholarship/.  Completed applications must be submitted by 5 pm on 22 January 2020.

ASMZINE SCHOLARSHIP – ASMZine will award a $350 scholarship to a Senior or college student interested in technology and blogging, who writes a compelling essay on brand building.  Applicants must plan to study at an accredited, U.S. post-secondary institution.  A completed application must include personal and university information, a short bio (280 characters max) and an essay (1,000 words or less) discussing: Provide a unique solution to the “Brand Building.” (sic) More details can be found in Naviance Student or https://asmzine.com/blogging/asmzine-scholarshipApplications are due 15 April 2020.

BALLACHY SCHOLARSHIP

Ballachy.com will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Senior or college student who writes a compelling essay on photography and nature.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, plan to attend a college/university, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (1200+ words) discussing How photography can help conserve and preserve nature. Note for Seniors: Since the application requires knowing your destination college by the due date, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found in Naviance Student or https://ballachy.com/pages/scholarshipApplications are due 31 March 2020.

FIXIT MAN BLOG SCHOLARSHIP

The Fixit Man Blog awards $2,500 to a full- or part-time student who contributes an idea about improvements for welding helmets to reduce eye and head injury.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and provide a paper that solves a welding problem discussing what is needed to complete the project, time, equipment, tools, materials, cost, experience, and the benefits and usefulness of the project.  Applications can be found in Naviance Student or https://fixitmanblog.com/scholarship/.   Applications are accepted through 1 December.

LA TUTORS SCHOLARSHIP

LA Tutors provides a $500 Innovation in Education Scholarship every month in to students in high school or college within the U.S. or Canada who have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Eligibility requirements include citizenship, permanent residency, or valid student visa in the U.S. or Canada.  Applicants must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others e.g. a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.; applicants submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation.  Completed applications must also include a recommendation evaluating the quality of the project/work and a photo taken during project execution.  LA Tutors reserves the right to publish essays.  For more information and an application, visit Naviance Student or www.latutors123.com/scholarship.  The application window opens the 1st of each month, and completed applications are due by the 20th of each month.

RANDALL BLAIR ISENBERG ALCOHOL ADDICTION AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Offices of Randall Blair Isenberg will reward a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student who demonstrates a passion for raising awareness of alcohol addiction.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; be 18 years old at the time of the award; have a 3.0 or better GPA; and be formally accepted or enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.  Candidates must possess a history of raising alcohol addiction awareness, as demonstrated by volunteer, education, or professional experiences. Completed applications include a transcript, a resume of activities in raising awareness of alcohol addiction, and a 500-word essay in response to one of the following questions: (1) How does alcohol addiction affect young Americans today?  (2) What is the most effective way to raise awareness of alcohol abuse or addiction among young people?  (3) How do you plan to continue raising awareness of alcohol addiction while in college?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.rbisenberg.com/alcohol-addiction-awareness-scholarshipApplications are due 15 March 2020.

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY *CONTEST*

This tiered competition offers scholarships up to $30,000 to students in grades 9 – 12 studying in the U.S., its territories and possessions, or DOD schools.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have applied for permanent residency.  Applicants must record and submit an original 3 – 5 minute (±5 seconds) audio essay in English discussing What Makes America Great.  The initial application requires very basic information, but additional information including a photo, bio, or SSN may be requested.  Visit the Career Center or https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships for all the details and an application.  Our local post contact is Colleen Wallace at @email or, after 7 pm, 703.313.4813.    Completed applications are due 31 October.

WELDING NEAR YOU SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIP

Weldingnearyou.com will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Senior or college student who writes a compelling essay on career transitions.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, plan to study at an accredited US post-secondary institution, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information plus an essay (1200+ words) discussing: How to change jobs when you are unsure about [your] next career move?  Entries will be judged on creativity, value provided, and thoughtfulness.  The winner will be required to verify school status, GPA, and other eligibility requirements.  More details can be found in Naviance Student or https://weldingnearyou.com/scholarship/Applications are due 31 March 2020.

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.

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