WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

14 February 2020

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

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

JOIN COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP

Applications for the FCPS College Partnership program are now available.  College Partnership is designed to help students who will be first generation college students, especially if they are part of an under-represented minority.  Learn how to better navigate college preparation and the college application process.  Applications can be made online at https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020.  Please visit Mr. Ford or Mr. Matthews in Student Services if you have questions.  Completed applications are due 18 March.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY & ROTC NIGHT

Tuesday, 25 February, 7 pm, WTW AuditoriumStudents interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the opening presentation to provide individual information and materials.

DON’T FORGET

2020 FAIRFAX COUNTY TEEN JOB FAIR, Saturday, 7 March, 10 am – Noon, W.T. Woodson High School – There will be a Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop at Woodson High School and other Fairfax County High Schools during March.  These job fairs focus on Fairfax County teens (approximately 16 to 18 years old) looking for full-time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, volunteer experiences, or wanting tips to build their resume.  Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students starting to build their resume.  During previous job fairs, a combined total of over 120 employers attended all events.  Consider all available Teen Job Fairs held on Saturdays at the following FCPS high schools:

  • 7 March, 10 am – Noon at W.T. Woodson High School
  • 7 March, 2-4 pm at South County High School
  • 14 March, 2-4 pm at Chantilly High School
  • 21 March, 10 am – Noon at Mount Vernon High School
  • 28 March, 10 am – Noon at West Springfield High School

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS – These free workshops provide one-to-one assistance with FAFSA completion.  All Senior families are welcome.  Pre-registration at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org will help ensure enough supplies for everyone.  Questions may also be emailed to @email.

  • 27 February, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Annandale High School
  • 7 April, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Mount Vernon High School

SUPER TRANSITION SATURDAY

22 February (Snow Date 14 March), 9 am – 12:15 pm, Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 – Parents and educators of students receiving special education services are invited to learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.  Breakout sessions will cover in-school services as well as postsecondary support services, employment, and postsecondary education considerations.  Advance registration is REQUIRED.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMSThese programs have a small fee but are an excellent window into academy life.  Juniors who are considering an academy should consider applying to the appropriate summer program.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

BETWEEN THE LINES:  IDENTITY AND BELONGING

20 June – 4 July, University of Iowa – Between the Lines (BTL): Identity & Belonging, for American students ages 15-18, is FREE for all accepted applicants.  Participants embark on an exciting exploration of creative writing, literature, and intercultural exchange when they come to the University of Iowa (UI) for a rigorous two weeks of BTL summer programming packed with workshops, seminars, and special events. Living together in a UI residence hall, participants will share meals at Burge Dining Hall; and, in addition to creative writing workshops led by esteemed Muslim and non-Muslim faculty, participants will engage in discussions designed to work through cultural biases and promote team-building and collaboration.  Students who are first- or second-generation immigrants, or from refugee communities, low-income households, or other marginalized positions are particularly encouraged to apply.  Ten spots will be reserved for Muslim students.  Program overviews and application details can be found at https://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/between-the-lines/how-to-apply.  The deadline to apply is 1 March.

CARLETON LIBERAL ARTS EXPERIENCE (CLAE)

11-18 July, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota – The CLAE Program is a FREE week-long summer academic program for high school students who have just completed their sophomore year.  CLAE scholars experience the benefits of a liberal arts education through classes in science, art, social studies, and technology.  Students who have an interest in African American culture, especially students from the African diaspora, are encouraged to apply.  Throughout the week, CLAE Scholars will focus on the African American community and identity through the framework of a liberal arts education.  CLAE also includes preparation and guidance for the college search and application process.  CLAE scholars live in Carleton College campus dorms for the week, with opportunities to explore the town and the Twin Cities and participate in group activities.  All program activities are planned and fully funded by Carleton.  This includes paying for transportation to and from the campus and for all housing and dining costs while students participate in the program.  Visit https://www.carleton.edu/admissions/visit/clae/ for more program information.  The application must be completed online and include:  an application form, several short-answer essays, current high school transcript, and a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or mentor.  Applicants will only be considered once they have completed their application and all of the supporting materials have been received.  To apply, go to www.admissions.carleton.edu/apply/Completed applications must be received by 10 April.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FUTURE AGENTS IN TRAINING (FAIT)

3-7 August, 9 am – 4 pm, FBI WFO, 601 4th St., NW, Washington, DC – The FBI’s Future Agents in Training program invites high school students for hands-on training that will help educate them about the mission of the FBI.  Trainees learn about the FBI’s criminal, counterterrorism, intelligence, and administrative responsibilities.  Trainees learn about investigative techniques that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and working cases.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 16-18 years old, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and reside in DC or Northern Virginia.  A completed application must include information on foreign language skills, extracurriculars, and essays (~ 2000 characters each) (1) What are your personal, academic, and professional goals?  What do you hope to achieve from your experience in this program and what do you hope to contribute?  What makes YOU a unique candidate for FAIT?  (2) Describe a situation when you exemplified one of the FBI Core Values, which include: rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States, respect for the dignity of all those we protect, compassion, integrity, accountability/leadership... For more information and the application, visit https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/fbi-wfo-2020-fait-application-020320.pdf/viewCompleted applications are due 31 March.

SUMMER CONSERVATION CREW PROGRAM

29 June – 7 August, Washington, DC – The Student Conservation Association’s 2020 DC Summer Conservation Program will have crews of high school members, aged 15-19, working in parks throughout the D.C. Metro Area. The crews will work Monday through Friday each week during the summer program in local parks (Rock Creek Park, Greenbelt Park, Fort DuPont Park and more) doing hands-on trail work, obtain valuable work-skills and green job training, and participate in a week long, all expenses paid, recreation trip.  Members of the 2020 summer program will receive a gear package at the beginning of summer, work full-time, and earn $330/week or earn community service hours (35 hrs/wk).   If accepted into the program you MUST be available for the ENTIRE program.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.thesca.org/serve/program/washington-dc#clcCompleted applications are due 1 May.

WALTER REED ARMY INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (WRAIR) GEMS PROGRAMS

One-week sessions available 15 June-10 August, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD – The WRAIR GEMS program offers middle and high school students a platform to engage in hands-on STEM activities that are designed to stimulate inquiry-based thinking, scientific skills, and an interest in STEM careers.  There is no cost to participate in any of the programs. Rising 7th – 12th graders will have the opportunity to explore STEM in a sophisticated laboratory setting and learn about STEM careers under the guidance of college-level mentors called Near-Peer Mentors (NPMs).  Biomedical and Engineering GEMS programs will be offered at Beginning (7th-8th grade), Intermediate (9th-10th grade), and Advanced (11th-12th grade) levels.  In Biomedical GEMS, students will explore science through hands-on activities, simulations, computer applications, and classic laboratory experiments with model invertebrates such as cockroaches, fruit flies and planaria. Modules cover a variety of topics including physiology, neurobiology, materials science, microbial interactions, drug effects, animal behavior, and climate science. Students gain practice in using the scientific method, designing experiments, recording data and forming conclusions based on their data.  The Engineering GEMS curriculum is designed to expand students’ perception of engineering beyond “building things” and to encourage students to use problem-solving skills to solve real-world problems. Using lessons, design challenges, and real-world scenarios, students are immersed in a complete engineering environment and experience the full engineering design process. Upon completion, students are eligible to receive a stipend of $125.  Visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/silverspring/ to learn more about GEMS and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 April.

NEW INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

ALAIN COLACO SCIENCE SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Summer 2020, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC – This six-eight week summer program is for current Sophomores and Juniors who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents or in possession of a work permit.  Applicants must be interested in medicine, cancer research or biological sciences.  Participants will be integrated into many aspects of Children’s National Medical Center, able to shadow clinicians and participate in lectures, Lunch and Learns, and visits to NIH, FDA, Capitol Hill and other STEM-related sites.  Participants will be assigned to a laboratory director who will serve as a mentor and, most importantly, will participate in a research project in the Division of Laboratory Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in collaboration with the George Washington University School of Medicine.  One goal of the program is to have a publishable abstract and/or publication of the student’s project.  Applicants should have completed two years of high school chemistry and have a serious interest in working alongside medical researchers in a clinical laboratory where instrumentation and testing is developed and used to diagnose diseases in infants and children.  A stipend is available.  A completed application must include a transcript, student profile, science teacher’s recommendation, and an interview after the application is submitted. For more information and the application, see Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center.  Completed applications must be received by 31 March.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ELEVATION BURGER

Fairfax, VA – Elevation Burger is currently hiring.  For an application, visit Elevation Burger at 9518 Main St., Fairfax, VA (across the street from WTW), call 703.426.2017, or visit Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center.

T.B.I. LAWN CARE PROFESSIONALS, INC.

Springfield, VA – This small local business provides agricultural products to homeowners, businesses, and municipalities.  Full-time opportunities are available with opportunities for training, certification programs and promotion.  Each employee enters a pesticide certification program.  For more information and to apply, interested individuals may contact owner, Tom Makris, at 703.455.5296 or at @email.  Company offices are located at 7646 G Fullerton Rd., Springfield, VA  22153.

NEW CONFERENCES/SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS

ENGINEERING YOUTH CONFERENCE

16 February, 9 am – 2 pm, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA – This FREE conference will feature speakers who will introduce middle and high school students to a variety of hands-on activities and topics including jobs, internships, and the power of a STEM degree.  Visit https://ist.gmu.edu/EngineeringConference/ for more information and to register.  Space is limited.

USA SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FESTIVAL

25-26 April, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC – This yearlong STEM outreach program culminates in a weekend expo of STEM innovators.  Explore everything STEM from atoms to outer space. Attendees will see all the amazing places a life in STEM can take you at educational interactive pavilions as well as stage shows.  Tickets are required for all attendees.  College and high school students and children 18 and under are free.  For more information and tickets, visit https://usasciencefestival.org/attend/2020-festival-expo/festival-expo-tickets/.

DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND VAPING, WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

20 March, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring VA 22027 – Presentation highlights will include current trends in substance use and abuse, impact of substances on physical and emotional development, paraphernalia display and discussion, and tools for parents.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.

LAUNCHING YOUR ADOLESCENT INTO ADULTHOOD

27 March, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring VA 22027 – This session will provide parents with tips to help launch your young adult successfully into adulthood.  Strategies to teach your child “soft” employment, money management, and self-advocacy skills will be covered.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS AND COLLABORATING WITH YOUR SCHOOL 6 March, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring VA 22027 This program will cover the basics of special education in FCPS.  Topics covered will include how children qualify for services, Least Restrictive Environment, the difference between accommodations and modifications, IEPs, and advocating for your child.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALLIED VAN LINES SCHOLARSHIP

Allied Van Lines sponsors three $1,000 scholarships for Seniors or college students planning to major in logistics/supply chain management or a related major such as business, business operational management, etc.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency and full-time enrollment at an accredited U.S. college/university.  A completed application must include a transcript, verification of college enrollment, and an essay (400-800 words) detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice. Visit Naviance Student or https://www.allied.com/scholarship for more information and an application.  Completed applications must be submitted by 15 December.

ANCHOR SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation administrates a number of scholarships from $2,000 - $6,000 (11 in all, including one $5,000 scholarship, renewable up to 4 years/$20,000).  Anchor Scholarships are awarded to children or spouses of active duty, retired, and honorably discharged Surface Navy personnel, to both officer and enlisted.  Applicants must plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university or industry certification in the U.S.  Dependent children must be 22 years of age or younger on 1 March.  More specific sponsor requirements can be found in the application.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, character, extracurricular activities, and financial need.  Some scholarships have more specific requirements, such as residence or area of study.  Part 1 of the application requires proof of the applicant’s relationship to his/her sponsor and documentation of sponsor’s qualifications. After the eligibility materials phase, a completed application includes: personal information, extracurricular/work experience, two written responses, transcripts, ACT/SAT scores, three recommendations (one academic, two character), and FAFSA Student Aid Report. Further information is available in Naviance Student or at http://www.anchorscholarship.com/apply.html. Part 1 of the application is due 1 March.

CAIL ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Commonwealth Accident Injury Law, P.C. sponsors a $1,000 scholarship to recognize an African American Senior or college student pursuing a degree at a college/university or professional school and who demonstrates academic achievement and a commitment to community service.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript, extracurricular activities, community service, a recommendation, and an essay (≤750 words) discussing: Why does education matter to your community? Further information is available on Naviance Student or at https://vacail.com/scholarships/. Applications must be received by 31 December.

GEORGE ANGULO SCHOLARSHIP

The Springfield South County Youth Club (SYC) offers two $1,500 scholarships to Seniors who have participated in any SYC sport, demonstrated community volunteerism, and who plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or technical/trade school.  A completed application must include applicant’s GPA, college application status, community service activities, SYC sports participation, and an essay (≤500 words) explaining what you have learned through your involvement in youth sports and in your volunteer work that has helped you contribute in a meaningful way to your community. The winner is required to attend the annual meeting on 14 May.  More information is available in Naviance Student and at http://www.sycva.com/page/show/3153589-george-angulo-scholarship-award.  Applications are due 31 March.

LITPC YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP

The Lions International Trading Pin Club provides a scholarship of $2,500 for a Senior who is the child or grandchild of a Lions, Lioness, or Leo Club member.  A completed application must include your GPA, ACT/SAT score, extracurriculars, three recommendations (one from a Lions Club member), and three essays (≤350 words each): (1) an introduction stating your present and future goals; (2) how your participation in a community service activity affected you; (3) reasons for applying for this scholarship including, but not limited to financial need and extraordinary circumstance in family finances;  Visit Naviance Student or at http://www.litpc.org/LITPCScholarshipInfo.html for more information and an application.  Applications are due to a local Lions Trading Pin Club on 1 March.

MCDONALD WORLEY SCHOLARSHIP

McDonald Worley sponsors this scholarship of $1,000 to recognize a female Senior or college student pursuing a degree at a college/university or professional school.  Majors in traditionally underrepresented fields such as science, math, engineering, technology, business, or law are encouraged.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript, a recommendation, and an essay (≤750 words) on the topic: If you had the authority to change your community in a positive way, what specific changes would you make? Visit Naviance Student or https://mcdonaldworley.com/scholarships/ for more information and to apply.  Applications must be received by 31 December.

NETTLES MORRIS ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

Nettles Morris sponsors this scholarship of $1,000 to recognize a Hispanic Senior or college student pursuing a degree at a college/university or professional school who demonstrates academic achievement, character, and a commitment to community service.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript, recommendation, and an essay (750-2,500 words)  discussing: What traits do you have that will enhance your education and future employment? Visit Naviance Student or https://nettleslawfirm.com/scholarships/  for more information and to apply.  Applications must be received by 31 December.

OMICRON THETA ZETA SCHOLARSHIP

The Zeta Phi Beta Sorority awards scholarships of $500-$1,500 to African American, female Seniors enrolled in FCPS, or a female Senior recommended by a member of the sorority or an affiliated financial sorority.  Applicants must have 3.0 or better GPA., be accepted for full-time study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university.  A completed application must include an official transcript, a recommendation, a copy of your college acceptance letter, and an essay describing how the four principles of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will influence your contributions to society after graduation,  The winner must attend a reception on 16 May.  Visit Naviance Student; for more information and an application.  Applications must be received by 20 March.

SLEEPARE SCHOLARSHIP

SleePare sponsors awards $1,000 to the Senior or college student planning to attend an accredited college/university in the U.S. who best communicates the importance of sleep through a video.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a description of your video, personal and academic information, and a 5-minute video answering the following two questions: How can we get people with insomnia … engaged with CBTI? What, according to you, is the most effective way to convey the importance of sleep to the public? Visit Naviance Student or https://www.sleepare.com/us/scholarship/ for more information.  Completed applications are due 31 March.

THE WEINSTEIN FIRM ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Weinstein Firm sponsors this scholarship of $1,000 to recognize a female Senior or college student pursuing a degree at a college/university or professional school. Majors in traditionally underrepresented fields such as science, math, engineering, technology, business, or law are encouraged.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship and a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript, a recommendation, and an essay (750 words) in which you: Describe something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community. Visit Naviance Student or https://weinsteinwin.com/scholarships. for more information and to apply.  Applications must be received by 31 December.

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.