WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

2 February 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
February 02, 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.



5 - 9 February.  National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  Take a few minutes this week to thank your school counselor.


Saturday, 10 February, 7:30 am – 12 pm, WTW Cafeterias.  The WTW PTSO is providing a Mock ACT/SAT Exam day.  Practice with a full-length ACT/SAT exam or one that is ½ and ½ to see which exam format is best for you.  The cost is only $15 if paid by 5 pm on 8 February or $20 at the door.  Please register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4af2a1-mock5.  Parent volunteer slots are also available!


Tuesday, 27 February, 7 pm, Fairfax High School Auditorium  (Snow Date 6 March).  Interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces?  This is a perfect starting point for you.  Representatives from each service academy, branch ROTC program, and Congressman Connolly’s office will present basic information and be available for important face time and individual questions.  Although all grades are welcome, this event is especially important for Juniors.  The application process for these programs begins the spring of the Junior year.  NOTE: This event is only held once a year, and hosting rotates between the co-hosts: Fairfax, Madison, Oakton, and W.T. Woodson. \


10 March, 10 am – Noon, Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Ln, Falls Church, VA 22044 -  College Access Fairfax is sponsoring an overview of college financial award letters, including the parts of various financial awards, tools to use to assess different offers, and other considerations to take into account when making a decision. Please note that specific awards or financial circumstances will not be addressed.  To register for the event, visit https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/event/understanding-award-letters-031018/.



The FCPS College Partnership Program (CPP) is now accepting applications for new members.  CPP assists high school students whose parents did not attend college or who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education by providing them with monthly sessions and workshops as they explore, apply, and enroll in college.  CPP is recruiting current 8 – 11th graders who would benefit from this program.  For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/college-success-program/college-partnership-program-cpp or contact Ms. Lakeyta Smith at lnsmith1@fcps.edu.  Students can apply online using their FCPS G Suite (Google Apps for Education) account or via a paper application.  Paper applications are available in English, Arabic, Korean, and Spanish.  However, all responses must be submitted in English.  See Mr. Matthews or Mr. Ford in Student Services for more information about the application process or to obtain a paper application.  The application deadline is 16 March.

SUPER TRANSITION SATURDAY, a Career & Transition Services Event for Parents and Educators

Saturday, 10 February, 8:30 am-1:00 pm at Lanier Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA.  FCPS Career & Transition Services along with several Fairfax County adult service providers and the FCPS Parent Resource Center will host a “Super Transition Saturday.”  This is a free event for parents and educators of students with IEPs of all ages, elementary through high school.  Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary support services, student self-determination as an evidence predictor of post school success, and in-school career and transition support services available to FCPS students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond.  A highlight of the day is a parent and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes.  Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent and student questions from their perspective of having been through the transition process.  Childcare is provided for ages 3 and up and requires advance registration.  Register at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.  Scroll down to the Super Transition Saturday event, and click on “Register now!” The snow date will be 24 February.

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 academy 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

Fairfax Academy

Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Plum Center School of Practical Nursing

Tuesday, 20 February, 5:00 – 7: 00 pm

Spring Village Construction Site

Tuesday, 15 May, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS – 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


West Potomac High School – Career Center

  • Thursday, 15 February
  • 3 pm – 7 pm
  • Contact: Liz Carter
  • eecarter@fcps.edu, 703.718.2548

Annandale High School

  • Wednesday, 28 February
  • 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Contact: Robin Roth
  • rwroth@fcps.edu, 703.642.4263
  • 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



Saturday 3 March, Expo from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and After Party Show from 3 – 5 pm at Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD.  The Expo will host over 50 universities highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities plus other colleges and universities from across the country.  Attendees should bring their SAT/ACT scores and high school transcripts to possibly be accepted to college on-the-spot or qualify for on-the-spot scholarships.  Individuals interested in having a band application need to bring their instrument.  There is a cost to attend: $10 at the door, $8 for online registration, and there is an onsite parking fee.  For more information, visit https://www.thecollegeexpo.org/events/dc-maryland or call 877.427.4100.



6 - 7 April – The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is inviting 75 high school students for a cost-free weekend to learn about college admissions, financial aid, university life, and UVA engineering.  Participants stay in dorms, eat at university hot spots, have the opportunity to talk one on one with current students, attend an engineering open house and lab tours, and attend cultural performances.  Transportation, food, and room and board are provided.  Applications close 29 March.  For more information, e-mail arr5qs@virginia.edu.  To apply, visit https://goo.gl/forms/2e75ZEfOG20NgTM23.\


17 February, 17 March, 14 April, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – Virginia Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers’ Pre-college Initiative facilitates events with the goal of inspiring students in grades 9-12 to pursue a career in a STEM field, more specifically engineering. Participants learn more about becoming an engineer by participating in tours of on-campus research facilities, department presentations, and hands-on engineering activities. Students must register to attend PCI events.  There is a one-time fee of $10 to attend events throughout the school year.  Bus transportation is available from Northern Virginia for the 14 April event.  For more information and to register, visit http://adancy24.wixsite.com/nsbe/pci.


Questbridge provides high-achieving high school Juniors from low-income families an early advantage in college admissions.  As a College Prep Scholar, students receive specialized support and free opportunities to help them develop a strong college application.  The program is open to high school Juniors who demonstrate academic achievement, strength in character, and financial need (household income of less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four), with minimal assets.  Typical College Prep Scholars often rank in the top 5-10% of their class, score greater than 1280 on the SAT or PSAT, or greater than 27 on the ACT, are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college, and qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  The application requires academic and financial information, an essay and short answers, current high school transcript, a recommendation letter from a high school teacher, and any available standardized test scores.  For more information and to complete a free, online application visit https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars.  Applications are due by 21 March. 


16 - 22 July, Quantico, VA.  The U.S. Marine Corps sponsors this Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy.  Students selected will be chosen from a wide variety of backgrounds and invited to attend the week-long Academy held in Quantico.  During the week, students will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and to strengthen their confidence and leadership skills.  They will hear from notable leaders from around the country, such as entrepreneurs, Holocaust survivors and Marine Corps leaders.  Physical fitness will also be emphasized through physical training and scenario-based reaction courses.  Applicants must complete their Sophomore year and be 16-18 years of age by program start date; demonstrate strong academics with a 3.0 or better GPA; participate in athletic, leadership, and service-oriented activities; perform well on the Initial Strength Test; and possess leadership traits as well as strong moral and ethical standards.  Completed applications must include a reference, full body photo (dress in a shirt with a collar and slacks or khakis and stand up straight with your arms at your sides and take the picture in front of a wall with minimal distractions in the background), a media release, liability waiver, SLCDA waiver and health screening, and a 500-word essay or 5 - 10-minute video essay.   Completed applications are due by 1 April.  For more information, visit https://slcda.marines.com/.


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – High school students who are interested in engineering are invited to join the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity where you will meet students, alumni, staff, and faculty who want to introduce you to Virginia Tech.  The RISE program consists of a series of events, one per semester, starting with the spring of a student’s Sophomore year. Students may apply to the program as Sophomores or Juniors.  Food and lodging (when needed) as well as transportation for students traveling from the Tidewater area, Richmond, and Woodbridge are provided free of charge.  The spring Sophomore event is on 14 April.  The spring Junior event is 8 - 9 April.  Completed applications require two recommendations (STEM teachers) and an official transcript.  Completed applications are due 12 March.  For more information and to apply, visit https://eng.vt.edu/ceed/ceed-pre-college-programs/rise.html.



The Burke Chick-Fil-A is hiring both front and back (kitchen) of house team members.  Although 16 years and older is ideal, this franchise will consider a work permit for a 15-year-old.  Shifts are 4 – 8 hours long and employees are expected to work three or more days a week (Sundays are always off).  On Saturday, 3 February, there will be open interviews from 7 am – 9 pm.  At other times, contact any manager at 703.250.7000.  The Burke Chick-Fil-A is located at 5815 Burke Center Parkway, Burke, VA 22015, by Kohl’s.


Session 2: 19 July – 10 August, 8 am – 4:30 pm, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, VA – The CTY in Alexandria is seeking Instructors, Program Assistants, and General Assistants for Session 2 of their summer program.  Instructors should have prior teaching experience and will lead small classes for 5-7 hours daily over three weeks.  Program Assistants are part camp counselor, part classroom aide.  They will lead sports activities, arts and crafts, talent shows, and service projects.  General Assistants will assist in the office and fill in as needed in activities and classrooms.  For more information and to apply, visit http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer.

FAIRFAX COUNTY TEEN JOB FAIRS AND RESUME BUILDING WORKSHOPS – These fairs and workshops are intended for student job seekers ages 16 to 18 looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences.  These workshops will be held on multiple days and at multiple locations.  Last year, over 2,000 Fairfax County teenagers and 100+ employers attended the events.  The job fairs provide teenagers the opportunity to get in front of employers and for employers and volunteer organizations to find talented, driven Fairfax County students to fill their positions.  Students can register to attend at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuSSaLImT3ESMjN_-z-BP4hkgp1tAy5VCJvHaL779YjR0dkw/viewform.  Businesses can register for a free booth space at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzHK-d-RF8bU3eFckMu3CbgSFV6TV98L2e4btPUxk7sHJNmw/viewform

  • Saturday, 10 March, 1 - 3 pm, Woodson High School
  • Saturday, 17 March, 1 - 3 pm, South County High School
  • Saturday, 7 April, 11 am - 1 pm, Chantilly High School
  • Saturday, 14 April, 11 am - 1 pm, Mount Vernon High School
  • Saturday, 21 April, 11 am - 1 pm, South Lakes High School
  • Saturday, 28 April, Noon – 2 pm, West Springfield High School


29 March, 4 – 7 pm, Valo Park (formerly the Gannett Building), 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102The WIT Job Fair is an opportunity to check out some of the DC area’s largest employers for those seeking career transition or new careers. Both men and women are encouraged to come and meet recruiters and hiring managers from organizations that are actively seeking candidates for positions in the tech sector. This is a free event for job seekers.  Advanced registration is strongly encouraged so that exhibitors can view your resume.  For exhibitor information and to register, visit www.womenintechnology.org/job-fair.



The Anchor Scholarship Foundation is offering $2,000 scholarships to dependents of 22 years or younger who are U.S. Navy (active, retired, honorably discharged) dependents planning to pursue a first degree at a four-year college or university in the U.S.  Applicants must provide proof of dependency, essays, three recommendations, and transcript. For more information, visit Family Connection or www.anchorscholarship.com/Applications are submitted online, with a registration deadline of 1 March (Step 1) and a final deadline of 1 April (Step 2).


Nursing Schools Almanac awards a one-year non-renewable $1,000 scholarship to a Senior planning to pursue college education in a nursing program, including LPN/LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.  Applicants must have a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics, and write an essay (up to 500 words) explaining: Why you’re passionate about joining the nursing profession, and how you will use your nursing education to improve the healthcare of others.  NOTE: Submission gives away all ownership rights to your essay so you can’t reuse any part of your submission.  Visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/ or Family Connection for more information.  Application packets are due by 31 August.


The Belvoir Officers’ Spouses’ Club provides $1,000 - $3,000 merit-based scholarships.  Applicants must be a spouse or child /dependent (up to age 23) of an active duty, reserve, guard, retired or family of deceased military personnel (of any service) and any rank.  Applicant or sponsor must reside in the greater Washington Metro Area with valid PCS orders for the Greater Washington Metro area.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical program for the 2018-19 academic year.  Applications will be judged on the essay submission, community involvement, leadership, academic and other achievements, and recommendations.  Completed applications must include the application, certification letter, two recommendations, most recent transcript, documentation of dependent status, proof of residency, educational, employment and community service information, extracurricular activities and awards/honors information form, and certification/selection committee information sheet from First Command Educational Foundation.  Applicants must also submit an essay (up to 750 words) that describes your most meaningful achievement(s) and how they relate to your field of study and your future goals?  For details and more information, visit Family Connection or www.belvoirosc.org/scholarships.htmlApplications are due 16 February.


The Fairfax Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority offers merit-based scholarships in varied amounts to an African American Senior women who are residents of Fairfax County planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university.  Winning applicants will demonstrate scholarship with a 3.0 or better GPA, leadership, and community service.  Applications must include a resume, a recommendation on official letterhead, an official transcript, and an essay on one of 5 specified topics.  Finalists will be interviewed.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.fcacdst.org/scholarship-applicationCompleted applications are due by 17 February. 


The Hamilton Relay Scholarship provides a $500 scholarship to a graduating Senior from specific states, including Virginia, who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or has difficulty speaking.  Applicants must provide extracurriculars, a recommendation, a release form, and a one-page essay that answers the following question: Of all the services available from Hamilton Relay, which would you find most beneficial to you in your college career and how will that impact your future career/volunteer goals?  For more information and an application, visit Family Connection or www.hamiltonrelay.com/corporate/whats_new/index.html?topic=details&ni=593Applications are due 1 March. 


The Arab American Institute offers a $500 grant to graduating Seniors of Arab descent.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and demonstrate a commitment to community service.  Completed applications must include a resume, two recommendations, and an essay (up to 700 words) discussing how their field of study is a springboard for a life of community service and what growing up and being an Arab American means to the applicant.  For more information and an application, visit www.aaiusa.org/scholarships_aai or Family Connection.  Completed applications are due 1 March.


The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc. of the Izaak Walton League of America offers a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000/year for four years) to Seniors graduating in 2018 who plan on pursuing a 2- or 4-year degree in environmental, natural sciences, or a related field of study.  Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, individual character, community achievements, activities, and demonstrated ability to succeed in college.  Completed applications must also include family information, and a well-considered essay (up to 500 words) expressing your purposes, ambitions, and values in life.  Completed applications must also include a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, and one may include recommendations and an applicant letter stating intended course of study, reasons for your choice, and a description of any environmental activities and awards earned.  Download copy of application at www.arlingtonfairfax-iwla.org.  Applications must be received by the Arlington-Fairfax Chapter NLT 1 April.


The Joyce & Thomas Moorehead Foundation Scholarship is open to Seniors planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university and in good academic standing with a 2.5 or better GPA during the Senior year.  Applicants must demonstrate both financial need and academic merit, leadership ability, community engagement, and have the potential to succeed in higher education.  Scholarship amount is unspecified but can be renewable (visit website for specific information).  A completed application packet must include: the application form, a resume, transcript, test scores (ACT/SAT and AP), counselor evaluation form, resume, other personal/family information, and a 500-word essay discussing: If your advice was a gift that you could give to the underclassmen in your high school, what would you share and how would you deliver it?  For additional information and an application visit Family Connection. All application materials are due in a single packet 15 April.


The Northern Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation offers four $1,000 scholarships to Seniors who are accepted to a full-time college program related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental protection.  Applicants must be Virginia residents, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and demonstrate an active interest in conservation and the environment.  Application packet must include a completed application, environmental activities, other leadership experience, community service, basic financial information, most recent official school transcript, and three recommendations.  In addition, applicants must write an essay of 500- 650 words describing yourself and your involvement/interest in the environment.  Address what you feel is the most important environmental issue in your community and why.  How can you assist and promote leadership in the conservation of natural resources?  For more information, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/college-scholarship-conservation-environment or Family Connection for a link to the application. Completed application packets must be received by 12 March.


The Pell-Dane Scholarship provides a scholarship of $1,000 to a Senior woman resident of Northern Virginia who will be attending an accredited educational institution as an undergraduate in the 2018-2019 academic year.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, demonstrate community involvement, character, involvement in school activities, and financial need.  Completed applications must include activities, community service, a transcript, recommendation, and a 300-500 word summary of the applicant’s background, including hobbies, plans and aspirations, and other factors which have favorably or adversely influenced your life.  This personal statement should include reasons for selecting the educational institutions you have chosen and reasons for applying for this scholarship.  If selected, you will be asked to provide your social security number.  For details and an application visit Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due by 1 April.


The Seabee Memorial Scholarship offers scholarships of varied amounts to Seniors and high school graduates who are children or grandchildren of Seabee (active, retired, honorably discharged) who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, scholastic record, citizenship and leadership.  Applications must include verification that sponsor is/was a Seabee, FAFSA, copy of tax forms, other financial information, copy of college financial aid award letter, activities list, transcript, SAT/ACT scores, and a well-written one page essay with clear and complete information on your future objectives and personal goals.  Describe how the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association’s assistance will help you accomplish your objectives and goals.  The essay should discuss the Seabee sponsor’s role in the applicant’s career objectives.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.seabee.org/Applications are due 15 April.


The St. Lawrence Council of Catholic Women will award up to $1,000 to Senior women who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university or trade school program.  Applicants must attend high school, be registered members of St. Lawrence Catholic Church (in Alexandria, VA), and have a 3.0 or better GPA. Completed applications will include: a letter of recommendation from a priest or current teacher attesting to moral character and an essay (250 - 500-words) concerning the current social atmosphere and how her Catholic values guide her in how she can make a difference in society.  Visit https://stlawrencealex.org/ or Family Connection for an application and additional information. All application materials are due in a single packet 2 March.


The VFW provides three scholarships between $1,000-$5,000 to Scouts who are registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.  Scouts must be 15 years or older, in high school, and have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting, and the community.  Applicants should provide completed application form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record, three recommendations (scout leader, community member, and teacher/faculty member), and a photo to a local VFW Post. Visit https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year and Family Connection for more information. Applications are due 1 March.


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.