WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

16 November 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 16, 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.



The Career Center Newsletter will take a break for Thanksgiving. The next newsletter will be published on 30 November.  May your Thanksgiving be full of wonderful things for which to be thankful!


5 December.  Registration for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the ASVAB, is due in the Career Center Wednesday, 28 November.  Students in grades 10 - 12 are welcome to take this test for career research purposes with no strings attached.  Students interested in enlisting in the military will need to take this test.  The test can be taken easily and conveniently here at WTW.  Visit the Career Center for more information and a registration form.


What are YOU doing to research careers?  Have you taken the assessments available in Naviance Student?  Log into Blackboard, click Naviance, click About Me, click My Assessments.  There are three great assessments to help inform your research.  Take them by yourself so your answers can be truly your own.  The Strengths Explorer can be taken only once, but the other two can be retaken after being reset.  You, the student, can retake the Career Cluster Finder as often as you wish.  Your counselor or the career center specialist can reset your Career Interest Profiler if you wish to retake that assessment.


ON-SITE ADMISSIONS AT WTW – Two of our Virginia public universities will hold on-site admissions sessions to share decisions face-to-face before winter break.  Take advantage of learning immediately if you have been admitted or what you can do to be more admissible if you are not yet ready.

  • Radford University – Monday, 3 December.  Interested students will need to:
    • Submit your transcript release form to Student Services, ASAP.
    • Register with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by Tuesday, 20 November
    • Print your ACT/SAT test scores with Mrs. Ishii by or before Tuesday, 20 November
    • Complete the Common Application for Radford University by Monday, 26 November.
  • The University of Mary Washington (UMW) - Thursday, 13 December.  Interested students will need to:
    • Submit your transcript release form to Student Services, ASAP
    • Register with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by 5 December
    • Print your ACT/SAT test scores with Mrs. Ishii by or before 5 December
    • Complete the Common Application for UMW by or before 6 December.


The West Point Society of DC will host the 12th Annual West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference (WPLEC) for the National Capital Region on Thursday, 14 March at the George Mason University Law School, Arlington Campus.  This conference provides a leadership development experience that enhances participants’ ability to make better decisions as they confront ethical challenges in school and beyond.  No interest in the military is required.  WTW is allowed to nominate four Juniors who are outstanding student leaders (two male and two female) and who have at least a 3.5 or better GPA.  Learn more about the conference at https://wpsdc.hivebrite.com/page/west-point-leadership-and-ethics-conference WTW Juniors who wish to join this conference need to provide their email, a brief statement explaining how they are a good match for this opportunity, and a resume to the Career Center by 3 pm on Tuesday, 27 November.


SNAPSHOT OF NOVA – Northern Virginia Community College offers families the opportunity to attend a one hour admissions discussion and tour.  Driving by the school has limited value.  Take time to learn what is available.  Four snapshot sessions are currently scheduled:

  • 30 November – 4 – 5 pm
  • 5 December – 4 – 5 pm
  • 12 December – 5 – 6 pm
  • 20 December – 4 – 5 pm
Spaces are limited.  Please register at https://tinyurl.com/SnapNOVA.  Participants will meet at the CA Mark Warner Building Information Desk.  For questions, contact @email, our NVCC rep.



The Virginia Space Grant Consortium partners with Virginia colleges to provide current 8th and 9th grade Virginia residents who have a C+ or better GPA and a desire to explore STEM opportunities in a college setting with an opportunity to bring STEM alive through a series of innovative hands-on sessions led by faculty and staff.  Faculty demonstrations will showcase some out-of-the-ordinary science and engineering.  Four sessions will be held:

  • Session 1: Virginia Tech University, 16 – 19 June 2019
  • Session 2: Old Dominion University, 23 – 26 June 2019
  • Session 3: Virginia Tech University, 7 – 10 July 2019
  • Session 4: University of Virginia, 28 – 31 July 2019

Although BLAST is completely free, participants are responsible for transportation to and from BLAST.  Completed applications must include a transcript, recommendation, contact information for your counselor, and a completed application form .  Visit http://blast.spacegrant.org/ to get all of the details and to apply.  Completed applications are due 11 February 2019.


23 June – 3 August 2019, Cornell University, University of Maryland, and University of Michigan TASP is a free academic opportunity for motivated high school Juniors (rising Seniors) to participate in a six-week college-level seminar while living in a diverse, self-governing intellectual community with similarly motivated peers.  TASPers live together and participate in a three-hour seminar each weekday morning with two college professors.  Classes emphasize group discussion rather than lectures.  Students are responsible for organizing most of their out-of-classroom time through smaller committees.  This element of self-governance is an essential part of the TASP experience.  For more information, visit https://www.tellurideassociation.org/our-programs/high-school-students/summer-program-juniors-tasp/Applications are due 22 January 2019


23 June – 3 August 2019, Cornell University and University of Michigan TASS is a free academic opportunity for intellectually curious high school Sophomores (rising Juniors) to participate in a six-week summer seminar and shape a dynamic African-American learning community.  All programs are provided at no cost to participants.  TASSers live together and participate in a three-hour seminar that meets each weekday morning with two college professors.  Participants plan a variety of activities including group discussions, field games, community service projects, and cultural outings in addition to the seminar.  For more information, visit https://www.tellurideassociation.org/our-programs/high-school-students/sophomore-seminar-tass/.  Applications are due 8 January 2019.



FORMDesign is an architectural company seeking future architects who may be interested in an internship.  Interns will support architects in creating drawings.  They will learn how to put together a set of design and construction drawings.  Applicants need basic AutoCAD knowledge.  This is a paid internship offering $7.25 per hour.  Work hours will be Monday – Friday from 3– 6 pm.  The company office is located at 9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 530, Fairfax, VA.  Applications are available in the Career Center.  Contact Ms. Campbell at 703.503.5555 or at @email if you have more questions. 


The National Institute of Health offers a Summer Internship Program (SIP)  to Juniors and Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and seventeen (17) years of age by 15 June.  Initial applications must include a resume/curriculum vitae, a list of coursework and grades, a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for two references.  Successful applicants will need to provide official transcripts and proof of citizenship/permanent residency.  This program is highly competitive.  Do not wait til the deadline.  In the past, interns have been selected on a rolling basis which means this highly competitive program will be even more competitive near the deadline.  Take time to discover what research is being done and to learn as much as you can from the web site.  There is a lot of great information and tips at https://www.training.nih.gov/PROGRAMS/HS-SIPThe final deadline for application receipt is 1 March 2019.



NOVA Systemic needs volunteers to help with their NOVA STEM Day.  Most volunteer tasks do not need experience or technical expertise.  Volunteers are trained 30 minutes before their shift begins.  Volunteers will receive lunch and a t-shirt for the day's work!  (Check out NOVA STEM Day to learn about the event at https://www.novastemday.com/.  Sign up to volunteer at https://app.initlive.com/web-admin/app/#/join-party?k=g6kwgp978ezhxo



1 December, 10 am - 3 pm on the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College - Nova Systemic offers NOVA STEM Day to showcase Science, Technology, Engineering & Math run by NOVA SySTEMic at the Alexandria campus.  STEM Day will feature exhibits, hands-on activities, workshops, and fun learning opportunities for students of all ages.  Fill out a STEM passport for a chance to win the grand prize.  There is no charge to attend.  For those staying the day, food trucks are available (but there will probably be a charge for those.  Visit https://www.novastemday.com/ for more information.



The Apple FCU Education Foundation will award 25 $5,000 scholarships to deserving Seniors who are Apple Federal Credit Union members.  (Only requires $5 deposit to join.)  Eligible applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA for a scholarship to a two-year college or a 3.0 or better GPA for scholarship to a a four-year college/university.  Completed applications must include school activities, community activities, employment activities, if applicable, (lists, with positions held, awards received, etc.), an unofficial transcript, two references (contact information for one counselor/teacher, one non-family-member who can describe your involvement in school, community, or work activities),  and brief (150-word) statements discussing: (1) Name one high school activity, community volunteer action, family involvement effort or employment experience and describe the impact it had on your life or the lives of others. (2) EITHER Describe any challenges or obstacles you have overcome and how the experience has made a difference in your life or the lives of others. OR Describe where you see yourself in 5 years.  Applicants agree to provide a photo and media release if selected as a recipient.  Online registration is required to access the application and all details.  Please visit Naviance Student or https://www.afcufoundation.org/scholars.aspx for more information.   Applications are due 13 February 2019.


The City of Fairfax Band awards one Northern Virginia high school junior or senior a $2,000 cash award and a featured guest appearance with the City of Fairfax Band at its concert 7:30 pm 4 May 2019.  To be eligible, contestants must play a standard band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) in their high school band or orchestra, prepare a selection available in band accompaniment form (either in print and readily available for purchase, or currently available in the City of Fairfax Band library listed online, or obtainable from the student’s school band library, or otherwise provided by the student.)  Applications include a good quality, unedited CD recording of the student performing the proposed work (accompaniment preferred) and a completed application signed and certified by a parent/guardian and band or orchestra director.  Finalists, notified in late February, will be invited to participate with an accompanist in a final-round audition 7-9 pm Sunday, 10 March 2019 at Old Town Hall in Fairfax.  Performance at the May concert is a requirement of the award.  Discover all the rules and application at https://www.fairfaxband.org/young-artist-competition/Applications are due 15 February 2019.


The Women of the Dove Foundation awards $500 to a graduating female Senior who aspires to pursue a career in arts, visual arts, fine arts, performing arts, creative writing, music, graphic design, and/or design and who will be entering an accredited 4-year institution of higher learning during the 2019-2020 academic year (no gap years).  Applicants must reside in and graduate from a high school in the DC Metro area (including Fairfax) and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Consideration will be given to those with financial need, academic achievement, and service to the community.   Applications must include an official transcript, a resume, a sample of original artwork, recording of musical composition, creative writing sample, or video of a performance, two (2) recommendations (one of which must address the applicant’s artistic ability through projects and/or performances), and a 500-word essay on “Why am I choosing to pursue the arts in college?”  Further information is available in Naviance Student or https://omicronphizeta.wildapricot.org/2019-Scholarships.  Applications are due 9 March 2019.


The Huth Foundation offers up to $1,000 to Seniors who will graduate from private or public high schools in the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, or Arlington County, VA or homeschooled in these jurisdictions. This scholarship recognizes, celebrates, and rewards young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to teaching, technology, and volunteerism involving the elderly. A completed application packet includes biographical information, community involvement and volunteer activities, and several short answer questions. Completed packets must also include a transcript, two (2) recommendations, and three (3) references (including at least one who is able to speak about the applicant’s work in the community.)  For more information visit Naviance Student or  www.huthfoundation.org/huth-scholarship All applications are due by 1 June 2019.


Administered by The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the Michell Merhige Scholarship is a one time- scholarship of $1,200 for a graduating Senior with academic strength, potential, ability to overcome adversity, and demonstrated financial need. Priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness, been in foster care, or lacked substantial family support. Applicants must have U.S. citizenship/legal residency, work/life experience including hardship(s) overcome, academic merit, and financial need. Additional considerations in the selection process include attendance, leadership/mentoring, and school involvement. Completed applications must include activities; career goals; an unofficial transcript; 2-3 recommendations (teacher, counselor, optional community member); copy of birth certificate, passport, or alien registration card; a copy of the student aid report from a FAFSA filing; and a personal essay (~350 words) discussing specific challenges you have faced, how you met those challenges, anything you do outside of school, and/or how you plan to use the scholarship if selected.  For additional information and details visit Naviance Student or www.michellscholarship.org/Applications must be submitted to the Career Center by 18 February 2019.


The NoVa Section of the National Council of Negro Women  is hosting their Third Annual Oratorical Scholarship Competition which provides scholarships of $500, $1,000, and $1,500.  Applicants must be African-American or African-descent high school Seniors attending a public or private high school in the Northern Virginia area and residing in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, or Falls Church, with a 2.5 or better GPA who are planning to apply to an accredited institution of post-secondary education for the 2019-20 academic year.  Completed applications must include an official high school transcript, a recent, professional digital photo, school and community service activities, other activity involvement, leadership positions held, any honors/awards, a brief statement of educational and career goals, and an essay (500 – 525 words) discussing one of six listed human rights issues that affect youth during their journey to adulthood.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.novancnw.org/northern_virginia_nova_ncnw_section_scholarship.html for all the details and an application.  The Oratorical Scholarship Competition will be held 23 February at Wakefield High School in Arlington from 1 – 3 pm.  Applications are due by Saturday, 5 January 2019.


George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers provides a $1,000 scholarship to a Senior, graduate, or college student who is a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident and who is an active duty service-member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service-member.  Applicants must be accepted to or attending an accredited college/university and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include: a transcript and a 500-1,000-word essay discussing one of four topics: (1) How has being in the military affected your ability to pursue an education?  (2)  What do you wish the American people better understood about military service or military families?  (3) What sacrifices have you and/or your family made because of military service?  (4) When you reflect on your/your family member’s military service, what are you most proud of and what are you most grateful for?  The winner will need to produce proof of military connection/service.  For more information visit Naviance Student or  https://www.sinklaw.com/veterans-military-family-scholarship/?msID=4b1a4bdb-f76e-475c-a287-24bfb701eb41Applications are due 15 June 2019.


VALHEN sponsors twelve scholarships ranging from $500 - $2,500 for Latinx/Hispanic Seniors, high school graduates, or college students for study at an accredited Virginia college/ university.  Eligible students must live in Virginia, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate leadership through involvement in school, community, government, non-profit organization, work/job, or other methods.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, contact information for two references (one teacher, one peer or non-teacher), evidence of FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution (or FAFSA4Caster if not eligible for FAFSA), possible phone interview, and essays answering the following prompts: (1) What are your career or employment goals after you graduate from college and how will this scholarship help you reach these goals? (max 200 words); (2) Describe what leadership means to you and how you have developed leadership skills both in and out of school.  (300-500 words); (3 - optional) How have you practiced “perseverancia” so far in your life and how do you plan to pay it forward to others? (300-500 words, required for $2,500 Perseverancia scholarship consideration); (4 - optional) What will your legacy be?  It may be a legacy to your community, family, school, college, field, etc.  (300-500 words, required for $1,000 Legacy scholarship).  Recipients are required to attend the VALHEN Encuentro Luncheon, and sign a publicity waiver for photo/bio.  The Perseverancia Scholarship requires recipients to complete 20 community service hours within the academic year, at a Hispanic non-profit, or if none is available, a minority-focused non-profit. Further information is available at Naviance Student or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdobpuY2j9CJF6NbqcaWovy_FErlarDvQlXSuDSlSQtPHLSgg/viewformPriority deadline is 1 December; final deadline is 5 pm on 15 December.


The VSGA program awards $1,500-$7,000 in scholarships to Seniors who have an interest in golf, are in good academic standing and have been domiciled in Virginia since 1 September 2018.  Applicants must submit activity information, contact information for three character witnesses, a recommendation (preferably from a representative of VSGA), a transcript, SAT or ACT score results, and an essay of 500 words or less on one of the following prompts: (1) In what way has golf influenced your life, and what role do you think golf will play in your future plans?;(2) Why are you applying for this scholarship?; (3) What are your career plans upon completion of your undergraduate degree?  Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: does the candidate play golf or have any interest in an activity associated with golf, candidate’s academic achievement, character (activities outside the classroom), essay, and financial need.  For details and more information, visit Naviance Student or https://vsga.org/learn/vsga-vip-scholarship-foundation/scholarship-application/.  Applications are due 20 February.


The Women of the Dove, a branch of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, will award a $500 book scholarship to a graduating female Senior planning a STEM major and entering an accredited 4-year institution of higher learning during the 2019-2020 academic year (no gap years).  Applicants must reside in and graduate from a high school in the DC Metro area (including Fairfax) and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Consideration will be given to those with financial need, academic achievement, and service to the community.  Applications must include an official transcript, a resume, two recommendations (at least one of which focuses on applicants STEM passion/potential), and a 500-word essay discussing one of the following questions: (1) Explain the importance of women in the field of STEM.  (2) What major contribution do I plan to make in STEM? (3) What is the biggest threat to the environment and how would I fix it?  Applications are evaluated according to this rubric: transcript (15), Scientific Achievement and Ability (30), Essay (30), Resume (10), Letters of recommendation (15).  Further information is on Naviance Student or at https://omicronphizeta.wildapricot.org/2019-ScholarshipsApplications must be received by 9 March 2019.


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


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




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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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