WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

19 October 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
October 19, 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

ATTN X2VOL USERS -

There have been reports indicating that the company who owns x2VOL has been asking students to pay $15 for a service learning “transcript.”  These are supposed to be FREE for all FCPS students.  If you have paid, or have been asked to pay, please contact Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center.

GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL INTEREST MEETING

22 October, 3 pm, Cafeteria A – Governor’s School Interest Meeting will be held for interested 10th and 11th graders.  For questions, see Ms. Kovachik or Ms. Walter in Student Services.

INTERESTING ARTICLES

DON’T FORGET

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Fairfax County Government and FCPS collaborate on The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program which prepares today’s high school Juniors to become tomorrow’s community leaders.  The Program offers: a three-week summer internship in a Fairfax County Government agency or office; an exciting opportunity to work with community leaders; leadership training and recognition; and, an opportunity to work with student leaders from every Fairfax County High School. Interns earn $1,000.  For more information including a brochure, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership.  Students may also get a brochure in the Career Center.  For questions, contact DMBYLP@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Applications can be found and submitted on line at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp.  Applications are due 6 November

MOCK SAT/ACT IS BACK

Saturday, 20 October 8:00 – 11:30 am, Woodson Cafeterias A & B – The W.T. Woodson PTSO and Mindworks Educational Services are providing this opportunity to practice ACT/SAT testing in a realistic test environment.  Great experience for students and a fundraising opportunity for the PTSO.  Cost is $15 when paid by 5 pm on Thursday, October 18th or $20 at the door on the day of testing.  Prepayment/registration is accepted online at https://squareup.com/store/wtwptso/.

NEW LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

17 November, 10 am, The St. Regis, 923 16th and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC – Take part in a general admission presentation to learn about SCAD's academic programs, art and design career options, and admission requirements. Following the admission presentation, engage in a preview workshop led by a SCAD professor. Students also can participate in a Q-and-A session with admission representatives or meet representatives one-on-one.  To register, visit http://www.scad.edu/about/news-and-press?type=feature&field_publication_date_value%5Bvalue%5D%5Byear%5D=&field_term_blog_topic_target_id=21

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

EXPLORER POST 1949 FOR FIRE AND RESCUE

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue offers members of the explorer program the opportunity to serve their community, build leadership skills, and gain exposure to the fire and rescue service.  The post meets three times a week to conduct training in various aspects of the fire service.  After a short training session, explorers are permitted to accompany fire and rescue personnel to emergency incidents.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/explorer-training

NEW WORKSHOPS

TEEN TALK, INOVA Schar Cancer Institute

This 6-week online support group is for teenagers in grades 8 to 12 who have a parent with cancer.  Days and times are flexible.  Contact Michelle Bronzo for additional information at michelle.bronzo@inova.org  or 703.698.2539.  

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

HELP AT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

The Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association works in close partnership with career personnel.  Volunteers get training in common equipment such as hose and breathing apparatus and maintenance of vehicles.  Learn about the operation of a volunteer fire department.  Volunteers must be 16 years or older.  Visit http://www.fcvfra.org/.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

HUNTER MILL ANIMAL HOSPITAL HIRING – Hunter Mill Animal Hospital is seeking part-time Ward Attendants to work during the week and on weekends and holidays.  They will work with their youth employees to blend a work schedule with school schedule.  Responsibilities include: walking, feeding, cleaning and maintaining patients (dogs and cats) in our extended care facility. This includes general facility maintenance, laundry and other pet care skills (ie. bathing, nail trims, general restraint & oral medicating). Hourly pay starts at minimum wage and increase after training is complete. Holidays are paid at Time-and-a-half.  If you are interested and think you've got what it takes contact Hunter Mill Animal Hospital, 2935 Chain Bridge Road, Oakton VA. 22124.  For more information, call 703.281.1644 or email James G. O'Neil at hmahapps@gmail.com.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

The AXA Foundation awards scholarships of $2,500 (300), $10,000 (42), and $25,000 (10) to Seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in school, the community, or the workplace.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or legal residence in one of the 50 states, DC, or Puerto Rico, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited U.S. 2- or 4-year college or university for the entire 2019-2020 academic year (accredited institutions outside the U.S. considered on a case-by-case basis), and demonstrate ambition and self-drive evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community, or work-related activities.  Applications require a student information, a list of involvement in school and community activities, work experience, GPA, and essays on the details of the outstanding achievement.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html.  Students must create an account to access the application.  Completed online applications are accepted until 10,000 applications are received or until 14 December.

BEAUTY JUNKEES SCHOLARSHIP

 A scholarship of $500 is offered to a Senior, gap year student, or college student who can demonstrate a flair for writing and explain how makeup has enhanced his/her life. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and the winner must provide proof of high school diploma or GED, and acceptance into an accredited college, university, or technical college.  Applicants submit an essay of 1,000 words or less on how makeup has enhanced their lives at various times in their life using anecdotes and personal experiences.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.beautyjunkees.com/scholarship/Application are due 31 May 2019.

CHALIK & CHALIK INJURY LAWYERS CANCER SURVIVORS SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $1,000 is offered to a deserving student with a 3.0 or better GPA who has survived a serious illness (including cancer) and demonstrates resilience, compassion, and a commitment to help others.  Completed applications must include personal information, an unofficial transcript, and acceptance into an accredited college or university.  Applicants submit an essay of 500-1,000 words in pdf format on the topic How are you helping others diagnosed with a serious illness and how did your cancer diagnosis influence you to help others?  Personal stories and anecdotes are encouraged.  Registration is required to access full application.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.chaliklaw.com/cancer-survivors-scholarship/.   Applications are due 30 June 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – BLOOMQUIST FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $5,000 is offered to a graduating Senior from FCPS who, through sustained involvement in family, school, or community, has demonstrated an “above and beyond” significant impact.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, a SAR showing an expected family contribution of $1,500 or less.  Applications must include personal information, activities (include descriptions, hours spent, positions, roles, honors/awards), an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, the Student Aid Report (SAR), personal statement, two recommendations, and an essay of 350 words or less explaining  how you have made a difference, using examples and/or experiences of your sustained involvement in your family, school, or community.  Finalists interview.  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  Visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50966-College-Access-Fairfax Naviance Student for more information.  Completed online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – COUNTYWIDE DARLA C. ELLIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $3,000 is offered to a graduating Senior who has completed the majority of his/her high school years in FCPS.  Applicants must havfe a 3.0 or better GPA; demonstrate participation/leadership in church, school, and/or community activities; and be accepted to a 4-year college or university for studies in any major though plans for an education major will receive special consideration.  Applicants must also demonstrate financial need.  Applications must include personal information, activities (include descriptions, hours spent, positions, roles, honors/awards), an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations, a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less explaining why you are interested in your planned course of study. What experiences have you have had which have set you on this course? Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  Visit https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51251-College-Access-Fairfax or Naviance Student for more information.  Completed online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – CRAYONS TO CAREERS SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $2,500 is offered to a graduating Senior who started FCPS in either Head Start or FECEP and continued the majority or all of his/her education in FCPS, including grades 9 - 12.  Applications must include a personal information, activities (include descriptions, hours spent, positions, roles, honors/awards), personal data, ACT / SAT test scores, education plans (information on colleges which have accepted you), scholarships received, Student Aid Report (SAR), an unofficial transcript, two recommendations (optional), a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less on How did attending FECEP/Head Start positively impact your subsequent educational experience?  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50958-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – FAIRFAX EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $1,000 is offered to a graduating Senior who has successfully completed the Board of Review for the rank of Eagle Scout.  Requirements include financial need (SAR Expected Family Contribution of $2,500 or less), proof of Eagle Scout rank attainment, and minimum 3.0 GPA.  Applications include personal profile, activities (include descriptions, hours spent, positions, roles, honors/awards), an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations, a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less on How has the Eagle Scout Award prepared me for the future, and what is my obligation to my community?  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50968-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – JAMES H DILLARD II SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $2,000 is offered to a graduating Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA who plans to become a public school teacher (preference for history or social studies) and pursue a degree in education.  Applications include personal information, activities (include descriptions, hours spent, positions, roles, honors/awards), an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations, a personal statement, and an essay of 300 words or less describing why you want to become a public school teacher and, if applicable, why you are interested in the subject areas of History or Social Studies.  If you are not interested in teaching History or Social Studies, what subject area are you interested in and why?  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50969-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – KENDRICK NEW TRAJECTORY 2-4-6-8 SCHOLARSHIP 

A scholarship of $20,000 is offered to a graduating Senior who has turned lower grades (C’s or below in Freshman and/or Sophomore years) into stronger grades (A’s and B’s) during their Junior and Senior years.  Scholarship payments will be tiered: $2,000 for the Freshman year, $4,000 for the Sophomore year, $6,000 for the Junior year, and $8,000 for the Senior year, dependent on recipient maintaining a college GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need (expected family contribution of $0-$5,000 on the FAFSA Student Aid Report), acceptance at an accredited four-year college or university, intent to pursue a degree in Business, Education, Health Care, or STEM, or a related professional field, and significant academic improvement over the four years of high school.  Applications must include personal information, an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations, a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less explaining your change in focus and how this scholarship will help you achieve your future goals.  Finalists are invited to interview.  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50970-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – LESLIE KENT MEMORIAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

Two scholarships of $7,500 are offered to graduating Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who will attend community college with the intention of completing their post-secondary education through a guaranteed admission agreement with a 4-year institution. Recipients pay for their first semester, and receive $2,500 upon successful (3.0 or higher GPA) completion of each of the first three semesters of community college.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need (expected family contribution of $6,000 - $10,000 on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)), and pursuit of an AA or AS degree as a prelude to transferring to a four-year college or university.  Applications must include personal information, an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations (recommended), a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less describing why you are interested in your planned course of study.  What experiences have you had which have set you on this course?  The winner must maintain contact with College Access Fairfax financial aid champion through their first semester. Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51478-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – LESLIE KENT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Two scholarships of $2,500 are offered to graduating Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who will be the first in their family to attend college.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need (expected family contribution of $0-$5,000 on the Student Aid Report (SAR)).  Applications include personal information, an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations, (recommended), a personal statement, and an essay of 250 words or less describing your plans for giving back to your community upon graduation from college.  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50959-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COLLEGE ACCESS FAIRFAX – SHARIFA ALKHATEEB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $1,000 is offered to a graduating FCPS Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA who has been accepted by a four-year college or university and has done at least one of the following: (1) completed at least one year of Arabic in FCPS, (2) organized social service events and activities for those in need, or (3) undertaken activities which emphasize public service and civic activism.  Completed applications must include personal information, an unofficial transcript, ACT / SAT test scores, Student Aid Report (SAR), two recommendations (recommended), a personal statement, and an essay of 300 words or less on one of two topics: (1) How will you integrate your knowledge of Arabic into your future goals? or (2) Describe the various types of social service activities in which you have participated and what are your plans for such work in the future?  Students must create an account to apply, but can preview the application before they begin.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/50961-College-Access-FairfaxCompleted online applications are due 4 February 2019.

COMCAST LEADERS AND ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Comcast recognizes over 800 Seniors with awards of $2,500 or more.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to community service, outstanding character, integrity, leadership, a 3.0 or better GPA, and financial need.  Applicants must reside in one of Comcast’s markets (DC Metro is eligible), and plan to enroll full-time in undergraduate study at an accredited U.S. 2- or 4-year college or university or vocational-technical college for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.  Applications must provide a student profile, a list of involvement in school and community activities, work experience, GPA, and essays on the details of the outstanding achievement: What is your most impactful community service experience? Explain why. (max 2000 characters/about 400 words).  Describe a time when you were able to use your leadership skills. (max 1000 characters/about 200 words).  Applications must also include family financia/tax information and provide a media release.  Students must create an account to apply.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/leadersandachievers/Completed online applications are due NLT 5 pm, 7 December.

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (DIA) LOUIS STOKES EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The DIA Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship Program will provide up to $18,000 per year, as well as reimbursement for books and supplies, towards a four-year degree program at an accredited college or university.  This program comes with full-time internship assignments during the summer break while in college, an annual salary (paid bi-weekly), full benefits and employment after receipt of an undergraduate degree.  (Participants work 1.5 times the time they receive benefits for school.)  Desired academic disciplines are: foreign area studies, computer science, information science, computer engineering, cyber security, technical writing, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, and electrical engineering.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and all immediate family members must also be U.S. citizens.  Dual citizenship disqualifies.  High school Seniors must be have a 2.75 or better GPA, at least a 1000 SAT score with a 500 writing or a 21 ACT score, financial need (AGI of $70,000 for a family of four and $80,000 for a family of five or larger).  Applicants must also be able to pass drug screening and are subject to polygraph testing.  Completed applications must include a transcript, resume, recommendation, and an essay explaining why the applicant is pursuing a particular area of study, and how the applicant has displayed leadership ability.  Minorities, women, and the disabled are encouraged to apply.  Visit https://diajobs.dia.mil/psp/recnprod/APPLICANT/HRMS/c/DI_HOME.DI_SIGNIN.USF? to get all the details from the vacancy announcement and to apply.  Send questions to HROC at HROCRequest@dodiis.mil or call 202.231.4762.  Completed applications are due 17 November.

FRIEDMAN & SIMON LLP ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $1,500 is offered to an impressive Senior or college student to get a college education that they use to make a difference in the world. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be enrolled in or admitted to an accredited college or university.  Completed applications must include personal information, an unofficial transcript, and an essay of 500-1,000 words on one of these three topics: (1) How will your studies contribute to your future career aspirations?  (2) What do you most hope to accomplish during your college studies?  (3) How did your experiences or accomplishments during high school prepare you for success in college?  The sponsor reserves the right to post the name of the winner and the winner’s essay on their website, on social media, or via press release.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.friedmansimon.com/2019-academic-scholarship/.    Applications are due 30 June 2019.

NATIONAL SPACE CLUB AND FOUNDATION KEYNOTE SCHOLARSHIP

The National Space Club and Foundation awards a Senior, undergraduate, or graduate student studying STEM a scholarship of $10,000 and the opportunity to give the keynote address at the annual Goddard Memorial Dinner on 22 March 2019.  Travel and lodging for the recipient and one guest is included.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university in 2019-2020 studying in a STEM field (preference for space-related interests) with the intention or pursuing a STEM career.  Completed applications must include an unofficial transcript, at least two recommendations from faculty/professionals in science-related fields, a statement of 150 words or less on study/career plans with an emphasis on STEM, and a video audition no longer than three minutes featuring the applicant speaking directly to the camera discussing: Why you are inspired by space. Three semifinalists will provide a draft of the full 8-minute speech they would give at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, and must be available for a live Skype interview and 5-minute speech in January 2019 as well as the memorial dinner in March.  Registration on the website is required to complete an application.  Visit https://www.spaceclub.org/scholarship or in Naviance Student for more information.  Completed applications are due online 30 November.

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Virginia Department of Education is seeking nominations of high school Seniors for the 2019 Presidential Scholars Program (General Category.)  WTW is allowed to nominate 1 male and 1 female.  Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to our nation's capital to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people.  Learn all the details of the program in Naviance Student and at: : https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/about.html and at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/faq.html.  There is an interest/nomination form available in Naviance Student.  Interested students must complete their portion of the nomination form and submit it to the Career Center BEFORE school (before 8:10 am) on Monday, 22 October.

SKYHOUND INTERNET SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship of $500 is offered to a Senior, gap year student, or college student who is working toward a digital media related degree, or a degree in television or video production. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Applicants submit an essay of 1,000 words or less on the importance and benefits of including professional videos on websites.  What advantages will the use of video offer on a website?  What should the video focus on to have the biggest impact?  What is the future of web and video convergence? to scholarships@skyhound.net.  Personal stories and anecdotes are encouraged.  Winners will need to provide proof of high school diploma or GED and proof of acceptance into an accredited college or university.  Registration is required to complete an application.  Visit https://www.skyhoundinternet.com/scholarship/ or Naviance Student for more information.  Application must be received by midnight 31 May 2019.

STUDENT PEACE AWARDS OF FAIRFAX COUNTY

Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County are open to Juniors, Seniors, and WTW groups who engage in outreach that may include: engaging in activities that strive to end conflict, either locally or globally; seeking to discuss or otherwise resolve potentially controversial issues within the school or community; promoting the understanding of divisive issues and situations to bridge language, ethnic, racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, or class differences; and/or working to resolve conflicts among students or members of the community who feel isolated or alienated.  Winners will receive a cash award up to $300 plus a donation to the nonprofit organization of his/her choice at a recognition ceremony expected to be held in March 2019.  Further details about the program are at www.fairfax.studentpeaceawards.org.  The application form is available in the Career Center and Naviance Student.  A completed application, resume highlighting peacemaking activities, and brief statement of how you work for peace/conflict resolution is due in the Career Center no later than Monday, 12 November. 

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 Family Connection 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.