WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

17 November 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 17, 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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   HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Wishing everyone the very best for this holiday. 

   Relax and enjoy.  

   We will be doing the same.  There will be no newsletter the week of Thanksgiving.


If you are contemplating a foreign exchange program, make sure the program meets minimum standards as set by CSIET.  The mission of CSIET is to provide leadership and support for the exchange and educational communities to ensure that youth are provided with safe and valuable international and cultural exchange experiences.  CSIET's purpose is to identify those organizations that successfully demonstrate commitment to CSIET Standards, dedication to the development and sharing of community best practices, and support for the educational value of international youth exchange.  Check the CSIET’s Advisory List for the current academic year if you are researching a specific program.  For the Advisory List and additional information, visit www.csiet.org.



5 December.  Registration for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the ASVAB, has begun.  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.  Take the test easily and conveniently here at WTW.  Visit the Career Center for more information and a registration form.   Forms are due 28 November!


 6 December.  Longwood University will visit WTW to make admission decisions as you wait.  Discover if you are admitted or what you can do to be more admissible without leaving WTW.  To participate visit the Career Center by Tuesday, 28 November and

  1. Give Mrs. Ishii a Transcript Release Form releasing your transcript to Longwood University
  2. Print your test scores in the Career Center with Mrs. Ishii
  3. A recommendation is not required, but may help.  If you want a recommendation to be considered, have your recommender get the recommendation to Mrs. Ishii NLT 4 December.  (Ask recommender ASAP.  It takes time to write a good recommendation.)
  4. Applying to Longwood University before 28 November would be good but is not required.  A formal application must be submitted online within three days of your interview if accepted.


7 December.  Radford University will visit WTW to share admission decisions face-to-face.  Discover if you are admitted or what you can do to be more admissible without leaving WTW.  To participate:

  1. Submit your Transcript Release Form to Student Services, ASAP.
  2. Have your testing agency (ACT or College Board) send your test scores to Radford, ASAP.
  3. Apply to Radford University by 20 November 2017.
  4. Register your desire to meet at our on-site admissions session with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by 28 November.
  5. Visit the Career Center to print your SAT/ACT test score report by 1 December.


The West Point Society of DC is hosting the 11th Annual West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference for the National Capital Region.  This conference provides a leadership development experience that enhances participants’ ability to make better decisions as they confront ethical challenges in school and beyond.  WTW is allowed to nominate four Juniors who are outstanding student leaders (two male and two female) who have at least a 3.5 or better GPA.  WTW Juniors who wish to join this conference on 15 March need to provide a brief statement explaining how they are a good match for this opportunity and a resume to the Career Center by 3 pm on Monday, 20 November.


 Saturday, 2 December, 8 am – 3 pm, George Mason University Johnson Center.  This conference is for middle and high school students with disabilities, their families, and adult professionals who work with them.  Learn about options after high school, career planning, career/technical schools, employment strategies, the college application process, and college supports and resources.  For more information and to register, visit www.futurequestgmu.org.

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS – 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.  Please register at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

Stuart High School

  • Saturday, 2 December
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Alicia Grande agrande@fcps.edu, 703.824.8964
  • Spanish translation available

Oakton High School, Library

  • Wednesday, 6 December
  • 4 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Contact Jennifer Collins
  • Jlcollins1@fcps.edu, 703.319.2816

Falls Church High School, Library

  • Saturday, 6 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Renee Foster
  • rcfoster@fcps.edu, 703.207.4297
  • 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



Session Dates: 17- 20 June 2018 (Old Dominion University), 8-11 July 2018 (University of Virginia), 15-18 July 2018 (Virginia Tech), and 29 July – 1 August 2018 (University of Virginia) – BLAST offers a three-day residential experience for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at one of three participating universities.  Faculty members lead hands-on activities and demonstrations that seek to motivate and inspire students for STEM studies and careers.  Current 8th and 9th grade students with at least a C+ average who are Virginia residents are eligible to apply.  Previous participants are not eligible.  The program is FREE of charge for students selected to participate, but transportation to and from the university is the responsibility of the family.  For more information, visit https://blast.spacegrant.org/.  The application deadline is 5 February 2018.  To apply, visit https://spacegrant.net/apps/blast/.



Childcare needed for 7-year-old female and 10-year-old male.  Hours are 3:30 pm (meet children at bus) to 6 or 6:30 pm.  House is an easy drive, approximately 3 miles from W.T. Woodson.  For more information, contact Ms. Rupli at Danielle.Dechick@focus-architects.com.



Saturday-Sunday, 2 - 3 December and Saturday-Sunday, 9 - 10 December from 10 am to 4 pm, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA – Fairfax County is seeking volunteers to assist with decorating, arts and crafts, the hospitality station, train, carousel, wagon, and mini-golf stations, check-in and more. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and will be expected to serve for at least 4 hours. For more information, please contact Morgan Chapin at Morgan.Chapin@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703.323.6600 X200.  To see volunteer opportunities and to sign-up, visit https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid={D01911F3-C059-4EBB-BBAF-8F01A7462AE5}&t=FXCO-2017-Burke-Lake-Winter-Wonderland-Holiday-Event.



This contest is available for students in grades 9 - 12 who are U.S. citizens.  (Applicants cannot be a child of a member of the Foreign Service.)  The contest winner receives $2,500, a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet a member of the State Department’s leadership, and a full scholarship for a Semester at Sea educational voyage.  The runner-up receives $1,250 and a full scholarship to attend the International Diplomacy Program of the National Student Leadership Conference.  In a 1,000-1,250-word essay, identify two cases – one that you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict-affected country.  Analyze and compare these two cases, addressing three questions listed in the application.  For more information, visit http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest or Family Connection.  Applications are due 15 March 2018.  


Apple Federal Credit Union Foundation Scholarships are open to graduating Seniors who are members of Apple FCU.  (A $5 deposit in an account is all it takes to be a member.)  Twenty-five (25) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded.  Applicants must be US citizens and demonstrate a recognizable impact on his/her family, school and/or community.  Consideration is given to students who have overcome obstacles and/or unique life experiences.  Completed application packets include: an official transcript; two recommendations; a description of activities, awards, and any work experience; plus responses to two short prompts not to exceed 150 words.  Two types of scholarships are available:

  • Community College Scholarship:  Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and plan to attend a 2-year college, or trade/technical school.
  • Four-Year College Scholarship:  Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and plan to attend any 4-year accredited college/university.

Completed application packets are due 15 February 2018.  For more details and information, please visit Family Connection or online at www.afcufoundation.org/scholars.aspx.


This competition is open to Juniors and Seniors.  It issues one $2,000 award and a featured guest appearance as a soloist with the City of Fairfax Band at a concert on 19 May 2018 at 7:30 pm at Fairfax High School.  There is also a Finalists Recital on 4 March 2018 for which finalists must provide their own accompanist.  Applicants must be residents of Northern Virginia; active with a high school band or orchestra program; play a standard band woodwind, brass or percussion instrument; have a prepared selection which is readily available in a band accompaniment.  (Band accompaniment availability must be verified by a band director or private teacher.  Military band arrangements cannot be used.)  Applicants must commit to competition auditions dates and, if selected, to performance dates.  The literature performed must be representative of the student’s ability on his/her instrument.  The completed application includes a good quality, unedited CD recording of the student performing the proposed work.  Visit https://www.fairfaxband.org/young-artist-competition/ or Family Connection for additional information and details.  All application packets are due no later than 9 February 2018


This contest is available to students in grades 9 - 12 who know the story of the Four Chaplains.  There are multiple awards from $200 to $1,000.  Based upon the information provided in the application, applicants will use their creativity to express what Service to others means through art or photography (no-larger-than 24”x30”), a 450-word or less essay or 30-second to 10-minute YouTube video.  Visit www.fourchaplains.org/2017-2018-four-chaplains-scholarship-guidelinesapplication/ or Family Connection for more information.  Completed applications are due 30 March 2018


Juniors and Seniors are invited to enter an essay for this scholarship.  Multiple awards of $1,000 and $2,000 will honor essays about General Robert E. Lee and/or General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson.  The top essay winner will receive an additional $8,000.  Content of the essay is more important than the length of essay.  Judges seek original, well-written, and thoroughly researched analytical essays.  Applicants must be Virginia residents planning to enroll in a four-year, accredited U.S. college as a full time student.  Applications and essays are due in the Career Center no later than Monday, 22 January 2018.  Details and the application are available in Family Connection.


Seniors who are dependents of an active duty, reserve, national guard, or retiree with valid commissary privileges and who plan to attend full-time an accredited two- or four-year college or university are eligible.  Three scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded per branch of service.  Applicants must also have an unweighted minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.  Scholarship 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, an outside appraisal, and financial need.  For more information and to apply, visit https://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders/ or Family Connection.  Completed applications are due by 16 February 2018 or when 100 applications are received.  Apply early.


Two Seniors in Fairfax County will receive $2,000, renewable for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first for a total of $8,000.  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen and a resident of specific counties (including Fairfax County); plan to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student in an approved engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics program; have a minimum composite SAT score of 1150 or ACT score of 27; and have an unweighted 3.5 or better GPA.  A complete application includes: online application, current official transcript, three letters of recommendation (one from a principal or head of math or science department and two from a teacher, employer, and/or community leader), and a 400-word essay discussing: (1) Why do you want to become an engineer?  (2) What excites you about Northrop Grumman?  Recipients are required to accept summer internships two of the three summers, contingent upon job availability. Visit www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Community/Pages/engineeringscholars.aspx or Family Connection for details and an application.  Details are also available in a brochure at www.northropgrumman.com/CorporateResponsibility/Community/Documents/2018_Engineering_Scholars.pdfCompleted application packets, both on-line and mailed supporting forms, are due NLT 4 February 2018.


The VSGA VIP program awards $1,000-$7,000 in scholarships to Seniors who have been domiciled in Virginia since 1 September 2016 and are in good academic standing.  All applications must be made on the candidate’s behalf, by a representative of a member club of the VSGA, Inc. Candidates must have an active interest in golf (ability not important), academic achievement and financial need.  Applicants must submit three character references, a letter of recommendation from a representative of a VSGA club, high school transcript, SAT or ACT score results, an essay of 500 words or less answering three questions: (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: the applicant’s demonstrated interest in golf, academic achievement, character (activities outside the classroom), the essay, and financial need.  For details and more information, visit www.vsga.org or https://vsga.org/vip-card/scholarship-foundation/scholarships/vsga-vip-scholarship-fund/scholarship-application/online-scholarship-application/  Family Connection.  Deadline to apply is 21 February 2018.


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.