WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

15 December 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 15, 2017
This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor 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
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Counselors, teachers, and the Career Center Specialist are also on break: 16 December – 1 January.

The next newsletter will be published on the next Friday we have school, which should be 5 January.  In January, scholarships start dominating the newsletter.  There could be something perfect for you.  Check weekly!!



Priority deadlines are important.  Be sure you are meeting the priority deadline set by your colleges for filing the FAFSA.  It is important to apply well before that deadline though.  Some colleges expect all verifications to be completed by that deadline and the verification process can take six – eight weeks!  You could get ahead of the game.  Get a tax transcript or certificate of non-filing from the IRS for everybody on your FAFSA.  Keep it in a safe place.  If you are verified, you will have an important document they seek.


College board has partnered with Khan Academy to link your PSAT scores to enable the Academy to help you practice and strengthen your test-taking abilities - FREE!!  Discover how at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy.


Everyone who is going to college should complete the FAFSA.  College Access Fairfax partners with FCPS to provide FAFSA Completion Workshops.  The next workshops offer an opportunity to work on a computer completing the FAFSA at the site offered.  If you pre-register, you can request translation services if they are not already offered.  Although not required, your needs may be better met if you register at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

Dates & Location Bring if you are completing the FAFSA on-site

Falls Church High School, Library

  • Saturday, 6 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Falls Church High School, Library
  • Contact: Renee Fosterrcfoster@fcps.edu, 703.207.4297

Centreville High School, Library

  • Saturday, 20 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Kara Stamperkastamper@fcps.edu, 703.802.5445
  • Spanish and Korean translation available

Lee High School, Library

  • Thursday, 1 February
  • 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Contact: Carla McIlnay Shawcmmcilnaysha@fcps.edu, 703.924.8335
  • Spanish translation available
  • SNOW DATE: 9 February
  • FSA ID for both the student and one parent.  Get this at www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the tiny lock symbol at the top of the page
  • Social security number for parents and student (or permanent resident number)
  • Alien registration card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s License number (if you have one)
  • 2016 W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • 2016 Completed tax returns
  • Current statements for checking, savings, or other assets accounts
  • Current investment records, including 529 plans or other prepaid college plans
  • Military families: LES for any month in 2016
  • Parents’ date of marriage

2018 FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS The following FCPS Academy and Career Experience Open Houses are scheduled for January and February.  For general information on these programs, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/academies-and-specialized.  Click on the link to the academy’s website below for specific information on each academy’s programs.

FCPS Academy & Academy Link Open House Date

West Potomac Academy

Monday, 8 January, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Go in through Door 1

Falls Church Academy

Thursday, 11 January, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Marshall Academy

Thursday, 11 January, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Snow date:  18 January

Edison Academy


Saturday, 20 January, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snow date:  3 February

Chantilly Academy

Tuesday, 23 January, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Snow date 1 February

Fairfax Academy

Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fairfax County Firefighting Program TBD
Plum Center School of Practical Nursing TBD
Spring Village Construction Site

Tuesday, 15 May, 3:30 – 6:30 pm


Juniors interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy may wish to consider applying to attend the academy’s summer seminar. 

Academy and Program Link Application Window

U.S. Air Force Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session A: 10 – 15 June 2018
  • Session B: 17 – 22 June 2018
Now – 15 January 2018

U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience

  • Session 1: 2 – 8 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 15 June 2018

January 2018 – TBD


U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session 1: 2 – 7 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 14 June 2018
  • Session 3: 16 – 21 June 2018

3 January 2018 – TBD

U.S. Coast Guard Academy AIM Summer Program

  • Session I: 8 – 13 July 2018
  • Session II: 15 – 20 July 2018
  • Session III: 22 – 27 July 2018
Early February – 1 April



NIH summer programs provide opportunities for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents to work side-by-side with leading scientists. NIH consists of a clinical research center and more than 1,150 laboratories/research groups located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD, and surrounding area as well as in Baltimore and Frederick and other locations across the country.  Internships are a minimum of eight weeks beginning in May or June.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old by 15 June 2018.  There is a stipend for trainees which is adjusted yearly and depends on the level of education completed.  Candidates must apply online and must submit:  1) a resume, 2) a list of coursework and grades (not a transcript at this time), 3) a cover letter that describes the applicants’ research interests and career goals; and 4) the names and contact information for two references.  For more information, visit www.training.nih.gov/programs/sipBe aware that applications are accepted on a rolling basis and that early application dramatically increases the chances of being selected .  The final deadline to submit all materials is 1 March 2018.


The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) offers summer internship opportunities for high school Juniors:  Participants gain research experience working as part of a team alongside university researchers.  Participants are allowed to work up to 300 hours total and earn an educational stipend equivalent to $10/hour.  At the end of the program, participants prepare abstracts documenting the research they performed.  This is a day program and participants must have daily transportation to and from home.  Get all the details at www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/hsap/The application generally closes 28 February 2018 though some labs may require other deadlines.



21 – 26 July, Rochester, NY.  College-bound students interested in the health care field can discover which health care careers fit their interests, be part of hands-on demonstrations, become CPR/first aid certified, make friends, and have fun.  Room, board, and other program costs are included in the camp fee of $700.  There are a limited number of scholarships available and space is limited so interested students should apply today.  All required application materials must be submitted by 15 May 2018. For more information, call 585.475.7695 (voice), 585.286.4555 (videophone), text/Facetime 585.448.9651 or by email ntidoutreach@ntid.rit.edu


The Ron Brown Scholar Program has started a new, FREE initiative that empowers African American Juniors and Seniors by teaching them how to prepare for, apply to, pay for, persist in and graduate from college.  Through its advising process, GPS uses a closed social media platform along with one-on-one and regional gatherings in order to provide peer to peer mentoring from current and previous Ron Brown Scholars.  All mentors have successfully navigated journeys into America’s top colleges and universities, graduate schools, and corporations.  For more information about the program, the application process, eligibility requirements and to access the application, visit http://rbsgps.com/The program application deadline is Monday, 1 January 2018


8 - 12 July, Virginia State University.  The Youth Leadership Academy is a new opportunity for rising Virginia Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to participate in customized learning and fun through personal and career, advocacy, and leadership development activities designed for youth with disabilities.  Delegates will learn directly from peer mentors and successful adult role models while they work on their own personal leadership plans, improve their communication skills, visit the state capitol, and have a chance to speak directly to state legislators and policymakers.  All expenses are paid by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, including food and lodging.  Completed applications must include activities, two recommendations, and a few short-answer responses.  Only 25 students will be selected through a highly-competitive application process.  For more information and to apply, visit www.vaboard.org/YLA.htmRecommendations must be received by 5 pm on 15 March.  Applications must be received by 5 pm on 16 March 2018.



19 January, 10 am – 12 pm, Dun Loring Center for Parent Services - Learn about the science and biological roots of anxiety in children and teens.  Discover how to identify anxious youth, how to change anxious thinking through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders.  Visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 for details and to register.



The Division of Registered Apprenticeship is now offering a job posting feature.  Posted this week are apprenticeship opportunities in cosmetology, electrical work, plumbing, machinist, optician, and early childhood learning.  Bookmark this page to see all opportunities as they are posted.  One may be for you!  Visit www.dolivirginia.gov/apprenticship/sponsorjobspage.html.


Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts holds job fairs for summer employment opportunities.  Opportunities include positions in the following areas: grounds maintenance, consessions/souvenir sales, park rangers, stage door aides, food and beverage, Filene Center ushers, hospitality, custodial, and college internships.  Discover opportunities at one of three job fairs held in the Musician’s Lounge at the Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA.  Visit www.nps.gov/wotr for more information.  Apply at www.usajobs.gov. :

  • Thursday, 28 December, 4 – 8 pm
  • Saturday, 6 January, 12 – 4 pm
  • Wednesday, 10 January, 4 – 8 pm 


AL NEUHARTH FREE SPIRIT SCHOLARSHIP- Juniors (Class of 2019) who are committed to a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of a “free spirit” can apply for the $1,000 scholarship. Completed application packets must include a fully-completed online application, a color headshot photo, a transcript, two recommendations on letterhead, three journalistic work samples, and two essays of 500 words on: (1) explain why the applicant wants to pursue a career in journalism, and (2) discuss the applicant’s specific qualities as a free spirit.  Winner is required to attend an all-expenses paid conference 16 – 21 June 2018. Applications must be completed online in a single sitting.  Get all the details and a link to the application at: www.newseuminstitute.org/initiatives/al-neuharth-free-spirit-and-journalism-conference/ or through Family Connection. Completed applications must be submitted by 1 February 2018.

JIMMY RANE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP – Seniors and college freshmen or sophomores who are no older than 20 years of age as of 1 August 2018 may apply for awards of $500 - $5,000 renewable up to a total of four years.  Eligible applicants must: plan to attend an accredited college or university (that is not exclusively online) as a full time student in the Fall of 2018, have a of 3.0 or better GPA, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, reside in specific states (to include Virginia), and are currently not and will not participate as a student-athlete in intercollegiate sports during the coming semester or previous academic year. The applicant must exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, activities, awards / honors, and demonstrated financial need.  Applicants must demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers to achieve their goals. For details and an application visit www.jimmyranefoundation.org/scholarship or Family Connection. Online application must be submitted by 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) on 7 February 2018.

THE SILVER LINING WRITING **CONTEST**- All Fairfax County Public School Students currently enrolled in grades 9 - 12 are eligible to compete in The Silver Lining Writing Contest.  Applicants may submit one original, creative writing work in one of four categories: poetry, songwriting, spoken word, and short story. Three prizes will be given: $125 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third.  All works will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality as well as spelling and grammar. Positive, uplifting, and inspirational entries are encouraged. Authors retain copyrights but grant permission to publish to the sponsoring organization.  Visit https://www.fcacdst.org/creative-writing-contest for details and submission guidelines.  Manuscripts/all submissions must be received by no later than 12 January 2018.

TALENT HUNT COMPETITION – The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter #806 of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc will host their Annual Talent Hunt Competition on 10 March.  Students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to compete in one of the following performance categories: music (vocal and instrumental with a printed copy of the music/score), interpretive movement (ballet, modern dance, and tap), speech (poetry, oration, monologue with printed script provided), or visual art (sculpture, photography, drawing/painting).  Applicants must share their GPA, test scores, extracurriculars, honors and awards, hobbies, a photograph, and a biography (up to 100 words), and a parent release/consent form.  Applications can be found in Family Connection.  The winner will receive an unspecified cash prize and must represent the chapter at the district conference Talent Hunt from 12 – 15 April in Newport News, VA.  (A stipend will be provided to defray travel expenses and lodging for one night.)  Applications are due 27 January  2018 and participants must audition on 3 February. 

2017-2018 WE THE STUDENTS ESSAY **CONTEST**– The Students between the ages of 14 and 19, in grades 8 – 12 and who are U.S. citizens and legal residents at of the end of the contest period are invited to participate. Awards include eight $500 prizes, six $1250 prizes, and a $5000 prize and scholarship to the 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, DC.  Contestants must submit an essay (500 - 800 words) discussing: To what extent in the U.S. does government – federal, state, and local – have the duty to monitor internet content? All submissions become the property of the Bill of Rights institute, and submission grants the Institute the right to use participant names, cities, states, pictures/likenesses, and essays.  For details visit Family Connection or www.billofrightsinstitute.org/engage/students-programs-events/scholarship/. Essays must be submitted online by 5 February 2018.

VMDAEC EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION – The VMDAEC Foundation offers awards of $1,000 in scholarships to graduating Seniors who will attend their first semester at a post-secondary institution the fall of 2018 and whose primary residence receives electric power from one of the 15 electric cooperatives by VA, MA, DE Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). Applications will be judged on academic achievement (40%), financial need (40%), and a personal statement (20%).  In addition to an online application, completed application packets must include a transcript, standardized test scores from the testing agency, a copy of the most recent electric bill for your primary residence, a copy of the acknowledgement email generated by the initial data portion of the application, and a personal statement discussing:  Why you should be selected, your financial need, your involvement in school and community activities, and your family dynamics.  For details and an application visit Family Connection or http://vmdaec.com/content/vmdaec-education-scholarship-foundationCompleted application packets must be submitted NLT 9 February.


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.