WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

14 December 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 14, 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

  • Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 5 – 8 pm – McLean High School Contact: Patty McNeill pdmcneill@fcps.edu, 703.714.5748
  • Saturday, 2 February 2019, 9 am – Noon – Mount Vernon High School Contact: Susie Statham sstatham@fcps.edu , 703.619.3118
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 14 February) – Lee High School Contact: Carla McIlnay-Shaw cmmcilnaysha@fcps.edu, 703.924.8335 Spanish Translation Available
  • Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 12 February) – Westfield High School Contact: Laura Cudahy lqcudahy@fcps.edu, 703.488.6527 Spanish and Korean Translation Available
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 6 – 8:30 pm – Annandale High School Contact: 703.642.4263

BRING to the FAFSA Completion Workshop:

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

KHAN ACADEMY TEST PREP LINK

College Board has released PSAT scores.  Students can link their PSAT scores to Khan Academy to receive free, needs-based, online tutoring.  To learn how, visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/k12-educators/advising-instruction/practice-resources/link-accounts.

INTERESTING ARTICLE

Are Colleges Pushing Students to Do Too Much in High School?  https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/01/15/counselor-issues-critique-college-admissions-demands-are-pushing-high

INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS

Looking at an international school as well as a school in the U.S.?  Interested in learning how your school ranks internationally?  Visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings.

STUDENT OMBUDSMAN BROCHURE

The Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman is a new position within FCPS and will provide an independent, confidential resource for students, families, and community members.  It offers informal help and provides information about resources, how to access them, and support in understanding concerns and how to resolve issues.  Their brochure is now available describing this new position at Office of the Family and Student Ombudsman brochure.  The brochure is also available in multiple languages.  For more information, visit www.fcps.edu/ombudsman, contact ombudsman@fcps.edu or call 571.423.4014.

NEW COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

CTE CAREER CONNECTIONS, 17 January 2019 (Snow Date: 24 January), 6 – 8 pm, Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road, Manassas, VA

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Division of Registered Apprenticeships is hosting CTE (Career and Technical Education) Career Connections in partnership with the CTE staff at Prince William County Schools.  Over 100 companies have been invited to attend to meet with Northern Virginia CTE students.  These companies can employ students as both Youth Registered Apprentices (YRA) as well as Registered Apprentices (RA) upon high school graduation.  The program will consist of a description of YRA and RA plus an opportunity for students to visit employer tables.  For more information, contact organizer Crystal Thrower at crystal.thrower@doli.virginia.gov or call 703.392.0900 ext 102.

2019 GAP YEAR FAIR - Wednesday, 6 February 2019, , 6:00 – 8:30 pm, George C. Marshall High School (SNOW DATE/LOCATION: 8 February, 6 - 8:30 pm, McLean High School)

FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair.  High school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities are encouraged to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available.  Get more information and pre-register at https://www.fcps.edu/node/33069.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

USC BOVARD SCHOLARS, 14 July – 3 August, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

The USC Bovard Scholars program is a FREE, three-week residential program that assists students in the college application process offered to high-achieving high school Juniors (rising Seniors) with financial need.  USC will also pay transportation costs to and from campus for participants living outside of Southern California.  Eligible students must have demonstrated financial need, have a 4.0 or higher GPA, must be currently enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or higher, and have taken AP or IB courses if offered.  The core of this program consists of personalized career exploration, comprehensive test preparation, expert college admission and financial aid support, and leadership development.  Admissions coaches will continue to work with students during their Senior year during the application and decision-making process.    For more information and to apply, visit https://bovardscholars.usc.edu/our-scholars/The application deadline is 15 February 2019.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

WOLF TRAP NATIONAL PARK FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER JOB FAIRS

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the National Park Service are seeking adults, college students, and teens to fill summer jobs at Wolf Trap including grounds maintenance, park rangers, stage door aides, Filene Center ushers, custodial, concessions and souvenir sales, food and beverage, hospitality, and college internships.  Most jobs are seasonal, beginning in mid-May and ending in mid-September.  Many jobs include outdoor work and most require night and weekend shifts.  All the information regarding summer jobs will be available at one of the summer job fairs listed below.  For more information, call the park’s summer jobs hotline at 703.255.1823 or visit https://www.nps.gov/wotr/learn/management/jobfairs.htm.

Wolf Trap Filene Center Musician’s Lounge, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

  • 30 December - Noon – 4 pm
  • 5 January 2019 - Noon – 4 pm
  • 9 January 2019 - 4 – 8 pm

NEW WORKSHOPS

CENTER FOR PARENT SERVICES WORKSHOPS, FCPS Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, Entrance 1, Room 100

  • COLLABORATIVE IEP MEETINGS: PARENTS AS PARTNERS, 20 December, 10 am – Noon - Join the Parent Resource Center for this important workshop for parents of children receiving special education services. Parents are essential partners in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. Strategies to support your role in your child's IEP meetings will be shared and highlights include: the IEP process and its components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members and planning for your child's IEP meeting.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/28019.
  • COPING STRATEGIES FOR ANXIOUS CHILDREN, 11 January 2019, 10 am – Noon - The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will present this workshop for parents of anxious children ages 8-17. Highlights include how to help children with anxiety, when anxiety becomes a disorder, strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders and stress reduction tools. Participants will also hear about current NIMH studies on anxiety in children.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/28019.
  • INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION, 23 January 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm - This workshop is provided for parents NEW to special education. Topics covered include: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/28019.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALICE L. HALTOM EDUCATIONAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP

The Alice L. Haltom Educational Fund is offering $1,000 (for 2-yr post-secondary program) and $2,000 (for 4-year or graduate program) to Seniors and college students planning a career in information and records management and related fields.  Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or Canada.  Completed applications must include an application form, activities information (work/volunteer), a very brief expected financial aid form, three recommendations from individuals qualified to attest to the applicant’s character, most current transcript, a degree plan, and a 200-300 word essay describing how your educational pursuits will benefit your career in records and information management and how it will support and add value to an organization. Recipients agree to send receipts for college costs up to the value of the award and a college grade report for the year for which funds were awarded.  More information can be found in Naviance Student or at http://www.alhef.org/scholarship. Completed applications must be submitted by 1 May.

DREAM PROJECT SCHOLARSHIP

The Dream Project awards scholarships up to $2,000 to Seniors graduating from a Virginia high school who are immigrants with an immigration status that creates a barrier to college access and success (undocumented, DACA, TPS, or asylum applicant status).  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.  Completed applications must include a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and interviews held in March.  Students are evaluated based on academic achievement, leadership, community involvement, and perseverance and persistence in the face of adversity.  Applicants may be interviewed.  Scholarships may be renewed with reapplication in subsequent years.  Registration is required to discover all application details.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.dreamproject-va.org/scholarships/how-to-apply/Completed applications are due 1 February.

FAIRFAX LIBRARY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Fairfax Library Foundation awards up to ten scholarships of $1,000 - $1,500 current employees, volunteers, or persons residing in Fairfax County or the City of Fairfax who intend to be volunteers of the Fairfax County Public Library system.  Factors evaluated include demonstrated and potential academic achievement as well as potential for future library-related work/volunteer experience.  Scholarship awardees are required to perform hours of service according to the amount of the award: $200-$550, 15 hours; $600-$950, 30 hours; $1,000-$1,400, 45 hours; $1,500+, 60 hours.  A completed application must include college plans/acceptances, extracurricular activities during the last three years, awards or honors, jobs/internships/volunteering, a statement of likely interest in future work or volunteer service in a library environment, a transcript, and a recommendation from a teacher or supervisor.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.fairfaxlibraryfoundation.org/scholarshipsCompleted applications must be received by 15 January.

GENERATION HOPE SCHOLARSHIP

Generation Hope offers renewable awards of $1,200 (2-year college) and $2,400 (4-year college) to applicants 25 years old or younger who are teen parents (have a child by age 19) and attend or will attend a 2- or 4- year college/university in the DC Metro area.  Winners are also matched with a mentor and receive access to support staff to access resources, a variety of training, tutoring as necessary, social and emotional support, field trips, and access to an emergency fund for financial crises.  Applicants must be actively involved in support and care of their child and hold U.S. citizenship, legal U.S. residency, or DACA status.  Completed applications must include a transcript, contact information for two recommenders, SAR from a FAFSA filing (for citizens and permanent residents), and an essay.  Winners provide proof of enrollment.  Generation Hope Scholars meet in-person with a mentor once a month, communicate at least every other week, attend an initial training on 13 July and at least one training each year, submit midterm and final grades each semester, commit to rapid response (within 24 hours) to Generation Hope staff communications, and for those freshmen who have not tested out of developmental reading/writing courses, attend Generation Hope’s Summer Bridge course.  Further information is available at http://supportgenerationhope.org/scholar-application or in Naviance Student.  Completed applications are due 1 April.

GOYA FOODS CULINARY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Goya Foods provides up to four awards of $5,000 to Seniors  with demonstrated need who are planning their first undergraduate degree majoring in a Culinary Arts or Food Sciences program at an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university in the 2019-2020 school year.  Awards can be renewed for up to three years contingent upon maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA and continuation in a Culinary Arts or Food Sciences area of study.  Volunteer service of 10 hours per month is also required for renewal.  Applicants must have U. S. citizenship, legal permanent residency with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired), or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal.  Application packets will include: a completed application form, transcript; proof of citizenship, residency, or DACA status; a copy of the first two pages of your parents’ most recently filed IRS Form 1040 or their most recent W-2 forms (or a written explanation of your financial situation if named documentation doesn’t apply to you).  Registration is required to discover all application details.  For additional information visit https://www.scholarsapply.org/goyaculinary/ or Naviance Student.  All applications must be received by 3 pm on 15 February.

HBCU COUNCIL REV. DR. WALLACE CHARLES SMITH SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council awards a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating Senior who will be an incoming freshman at a historically black college or university.  Applicants must reside in  DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, be a member of a church or community based organization, have a 3.5 or better GPA, and have performed a minimum of 40 community service hours.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, two recommendations, and a one-page (500-600 word) essay.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.htmlApplication is due 25 January.

HBCU COUNCIL CAROLYN M. HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Senior who is a member of a musical ensemble who will be an incoming freshman at a historically black college or university. Applicants must reside in DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia and plan to declare a major in music: education (vocal/instrumental), performance, or applied.  Applicants must also hold membership in a church or community based organization, have a 2.5 or better GPA, and have performed a minimum of 40 community service hours.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, two recommendations (one from your current music teacher/mentor), and a one-page (500-600 word) essay.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.htmlCompleted applications are due 25 January.

HBCU COUNCIL HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council awards a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating Senior demonstrating financial need who will be an incoming freshman at a historically black college or university. Applicants must  reside in DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, be members of a church or community based organization, have a 2.5 or better GPA, and have performed a minimum of 40 community service hours.  Completed applications must include official transcript, two recommendations, documentation of financial need (have W-2 forms available), and a one-page (500-600 word) essay.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.htmlCompleted applications are due 25 January.

HBCU COUNCIL MICHAEL AMOS AWARD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council awards an iPad to a graduating Senior or College Student declaring a major in engineering or architecture at a historically black college or university. Applicants must reside in DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, be members of a church or community based organization, have a 3.0 or better GPA, demonstrate financial need, and have performed a minimum of 40 community service hours.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, two recommendations, and a one-page (500-600 word) essay.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.htmlCompleted applications are due 25 January.

HBCU COUNCIL EVELYN HIDER A & B SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Council awards two scholarships of $1,000 to graduating Seniors who will be incoming freshmen at historically black colleges or universities.  Applicants must reside in DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia, be a member of a church or community based organization, have a 2.5 or better GPA, demonstrate financial need (have W-2 form available), and have performed a minimum of 40 community service hours.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, two recommendations, and a one-page (500-600 word) essay.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.htmlCompleted applications are due 25 January.

InspirASIAN SCHOLARSHIP

InspirASIAN, an organization of AT&T employees, awards 21 scholarships of $2,000 each to Seniors with a minimum 3.40 GPA. This scholarship is open to applicants of any ethnic or cultural background who plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college in Fall 2019. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must reside in specified states including Virginia and the DC Metro area.  Completed applications must include GPA, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience (including taking care of siblings), awards, and an essay of up to four pages on the theme “Making a Difference in my Community” addressing these four questions: (1) What are your long-term personal and education goals? (2) How has knowledge or awareness about your own culture and other cultures affected your understanding of yourself? (3) What key experiences with your own and/or other cultures influenced your goals and your interactions with others?  Please provide specific examples. (4) How do you plan to use your college education to make a difference in your community?  Finalists must submit an official transcript.  Further information is available in Naviance Student or at https://inspirasian.us/programs/scholarship-program (which also includes the submission link). Application must be uploaded to the website by 31 January.

PAMPLIN LEADERSHIP AWARD

Every year, Virginia Tech’s Honors College offers several scholarships.  Seniors who plan to attend Virginia Tech and are willing to join the Honors College and work toward an Honors Laureate Diploma can apply for The Pamplin Leadership Award of $5,000.  Pamplin Leadership Award winners have the opportunity to apply to become Pamplin Scholars during their Freshman year in college – an additional award which covers the cost of tuition and fees until graduation.  Applicants must have at least a 3.8 GPA.  Applications must include an essay of 500 words or less discussing: Describe your understanding of effective leadership, including some qualities of effective leadership and how you measure the success of an effective leader. Additionally, describe the qualities of one effective leader you know, including how they exemplify these qualities. As you develop your own leadership roles, how do you plan to apply these qualities?  More information and a link to the application can be found at https://honorscollege.vt.edu/assets/pla-application-18-19.pdf.  WTW is allowed to nominate one student.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Career Center by Monday, 14 January. 

SEMA SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be awarded to a Senior or college student who is pursuing a degree or certification in pursuit of a career in the automotive industry. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a 2.5 or better GPA, and plan to be or are enrolled in a career/technical school, college, or university in the United States.  Completed applications must include a transcript, short answers, a recommendation, and a statement of purpose (500 words or less) that shows your passion for the automotive field.  Registration is required to discover all application details.   More information is at https://www.sema.org/scholarships/ or in Naviance Student.  Completed applications must be received (uploaded) by 1 March.

COMPILATIONS

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

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

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

COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

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

LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

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

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

INTERNSHIP and APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Find a listing of Internships and Apprenticeships at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/work-and-careers/internships-apprenticeships-listing.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Find an easy-to-read listing of scholarships below the important scholarship information at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/scholarships/school-independent-scholarships-contests.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

WORKSHOPS

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