WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

20 December 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 20, 2019

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 document 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.


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  May your Winter Break be filled with all the good things you need and maybe even those you want!  Watch for the first newsletter of the new year on 10 January.

AVOID $$ HOLD-UPS – Colleges share common issues that hold up dispensing awards. 

  1. Check, often, all forms of communication (portals & email) used by colleges to which you apply. Read what is offered and act promptly to ensure a smooth transition to college and any monies that may be due to your account. 
  2. Check student email and the Student Aid Report (SAR) that will come in an email.  The SAR may have notations indicating needed action.  Act if you have such notations.
  3. Parents must sign the parent portion of the FAFSA.  Parents should use the parent FSA ID to sign.  If the parent is not a U.S. citizen, print the parent portion, sign it with a pen and mail it. 
  4. Males and Selective Service - If you are a male who was 17 at the time you filed the FAFSA, you MUST remember to register with the Selective Service as soon as you turn 18.  Then, re-enter your FAFSA and edit the question about Selective Service to reflect your registration.
  5. ONLY use your Social Security Number to obtain the FSA ID.  The taxpayer ID used by some people will not work.


The U.S. Department of Labor has released the CareerInfo app, which presents information from the new edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Hundreds of careers can be researched via this app.  Learn about educational/training requirements, job duties, job outlook, and a lot more.  Research by occupational group, title, or keyword.  Download the app from the Apple App Store at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/careerinfo/id1476300397 or from Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.dol.ooh_occupational_handbook.


8 Jan 2020 , 5 – 8 pm (snow date 15 Jan) – You will want to attend very important information sessions and chat with teachers about their class offerings.

  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for Special Education parents in E146 (Chorus Room)
  • 5:00-6:00pm: Breakout Session for parents of students with 504 Plans in E156 (Orchestra Room)
  • 6:00-6:30pm: AP Class Information Session 1 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 7:00-7:30pm: AP Class Information Session 2 for current ninth and tenth grade parents (Library). AP Info Sessions will include information on AP courses at Woodson and how you can help your student make the best decisions for their junior and senior years. Please choose and attend one AP Info Session.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Electives and Curriculum Fair in BOTH CafeteriasStop by the department tables to talk with teachers and learn about the different classes students can take at Woodson High School and at the Academies (most academy classes are for rising 10-12th graders).
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Teachers present on ninth grade classes; overview of graduation requirements in the Auditorium (for current 8th grade parents/guardians).
UPDATES & UNAVAILABILITY – Our IT folks will be working to ensure everything is working as it should over break.  This means you may discover Blackboard (FCPS 24/7) and the school G Suite are unavailable 20 – 22 December and 28 – 29 December.  Also… Students will want to start their computers early on Monday, 6 January to allow their computers to complete all the updates that will be pushed out to FCPS computers.



After Winter Break, counselors will begin working with students to select classes for next year.  Students and their parents are encouraged to consider the courses that would be best for them.  Check out the courses online: 9th grade at https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/534/nocourselist/1/0/0 10th, 11th, and 12th grade at https://insys.fcps.edu/CourseCatOnline/#/frontPanel/534/nocourselist/0/0/0.


Everyone is encouraged to apply for scholarships that are a good match.  Do, please, actually read the criteria to be sure you qualify.  One scholarship agency has indicated they are receiving multiple applications for which the students are not at all qualified.  No matter how wonderful you are, if you don’t meet the basic requirements, they won’t seriously consider your application.

FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSES – FCPS Academy Open Houses will be held on the following dates:

Visit each academy online for additional information about their programs.



4 February 2020, 6 – 8:30 pm, George C. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA – FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are hosting a gap year fair for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the variety of gap year experiences available.  Attendees can expect to meet with over 40 gap year program representatives.  An informal presentation in the auditorium will be featured at 6 pm with the fair beginning in the cafeteria at 6:45 pm.  Admission is free, but registration is highly recommended.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs/schedule.  (Snow date is 7 February 2020.)



20-24 July, 2020, 9 am – 5 pm, George Mason University, Fairfax – The Conflict Resolution Youth Summit is a one-week long summer day program for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.  Participants will explore some of today’s toughest problems through the lens of conflict analysis and resolution.  Students can expect to develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, effective communication, and cross-cultural awareness.  It includes interactive workshops, small group discussions, a field trip to area institutions, and an opportunity to meet and learn from faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. The cost of the program is $400 which includes lunch, snacks, and fees/transportation costs for field trips.  Transportation to and from the summit and lodging are not provided.  Several needs-based scholarships are available.  Applications for scholarships will be available after acceptance to the program. A link to apply to the program can be found on the information page at https://scar.gmu.edu/research-impact/programs-and-projects/conflict-resolution-youth-summit.  Applicants will need to answer four short essay questions (max 150 words) when they register to apply including: 1) In what ways are you involved in your school or local community, and what have you learned about yourself through these experiences?  2) What issues do you see in your school, neighborhood, or community that you would like to help or have helped solve and why are these issues important to you?  3) Respond to one: a) Tell us something about yourself that you’d like us to know, or b) What have you read or watched recently that has impacted or changed how you see the world? 4) How did you hear about the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit?  What interests or career/academic goals do you have that make you a good fit for our program or make our program a good fit for you?  For more information, contact GMU at @email, @email or at 703.993.4165.


Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications for their free wilderness expedition science program.  There are eight expeditions from which to choose.  On each trip a small team of girls will spend up to 12 days exploring and learning through scientific field studies with professionals.  Although transportation to the program site is not covered, financial assistance may be available.  Applicants must register to get all of the requirements and details.  For more information and the registration/application link, visit https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=22256  Completed applications are due 31 January 2020.


25-30 July 2020, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY – This program is for deaf and hard-of-hearing students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in fall 2020.  Participants will learn about various careers in health care, be part of hands-on demonstrations in biology, exercise science, medical laboratory science, nursing, and more, and become CPR/first aid certified.  Program classes are taught in English and in sign language.  The cost is $700 and includes campus housing and food.  Limited scholarships are available based on financial need.  For more information and to register, visit https://apps.ntid.rit.edu/Apply/index.php?program=healthcarecareersexplorationcampThe registration deadline is 15 May 2020.


23 June – 17 July 2020 – Juniors from three countries spend three weeks in Greenland at a Greenland-led Science Field School and atop the Greenland Ice Sheet for a Dartmouth-led Science Education Week.  Travel, accommodations, and meals are provided as well as extreme cold weather outerwear when needed.  Participants must be U.S. citizens with a U.S. passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of the expedition.  They are also required to be in good physical health because of remote travel, travel at high elevations, and hiking in rugged terrain.  Applicants must provide two references and describe a project they would complete if chosen to participate.  Completed applications are due 31 January 2020.


23-24, 26-27, and 30 December and 2-3 January 2020, Various community centers throughout the county - When Fairfax County Public Schools are closed for winter break, Teens in Action offers an engaging, healthy, and affordable recreation program for youth ages 12 -18 to learn, play, and serve. Activities include team sports, games, arts and crafts, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming, service projects, cultural field trips and much more.  Free nutritious lunches and snacks are served.  Admission to the program is free; however, a fee may be required for fields trips.  Financial assistance is available.  To register, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/teens-in-action.



The National Eye Institute (NEI) takes interns who will be at least 17 by 15 June 2020.  High school applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be enrolled at least half-time in their high school, able to pass a background check, and reside within 40 miles of the NIH Bethesda campus if under 18.  Internships are 8 – 12 weeks long and include the opportunity to attend seminars and workshops hosted by both NEI and the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.  Completed applications will require a resume, list of coursework and grades, a cover letter describing the applicant’s research interests and career goals, and two references.  Interns receive a stipend.   For more information and to apply, visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/grants-and-training/training-nei/internships-and-student-programs/nei-summer-intern-program.  Completed applications are due 1 February 2020.


June – August 2020, Various locations - REAP is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours), and apprentices receive a stipend.  This program is for commuting students only. Students are required to travel to and from the program site daily. In addition, the program does not supply an allowance for housing, meals, or travel reimbursement.  Eligible applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident and a high school student meeting 2 of the following requirements: attends a rural, frontier, or other targeted outreach school, a female in certain STEM fields (e.g., physical science, computer science, mathematics, or engineering), a minority historically under-represented in STEM (Alaskan Native, Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander), qualifies for free or reduced lunch, speaks English as a Second Language, or a first-generation college student.  For program locations and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/reap/The application deadline is 29 February 2020.


June – August 2020, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, MD - SEAP matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with talented high school students in grades 10-12 creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training, first-hand research experience, and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. SEAP fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.  Participants will receive a stipend, however, the program is for commuting students only and housing, food, and travel costs are the responsibility of the student.  For more information, additional locations, and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/seap/The application deadline is 28 February 2020.


USAID offers paid and unpaid internships… to qualified, talented students and recent graduates.  Participants explore Federal careers while still in school and, upon successful completion of the program, may be eligible for a permanent job in the Civil Service.  Internships are advertised as they become available.  For more information, visit https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/careers/student-internships.



Saturdays 11 January – 22 February, Sundays 12 January – 23 February 2020 (Spring season beginning in April), Locations in Reston, Annandale, Fairfax, and Vienna  – i9 Sports, a national provider of youth sports leagues and instructional programs, is hiring experienced instructors and officials for the winter and spring season of flag football, basketball, volleyball, and T-ball.  Applicants must have experience in the sport for which they are applying, be reliable, professional, and responsive, pass a criminal background check, and have reliable transportation.  In addition, applicants should have experience working with youth in a sports related capacity and are energetic, dynamic, friendly, and calm under pressure with a positive attitude.  Salary begins at $12.50/hr.  For more information about i9 Sports, visit www.i9sports.com.  To apply, contact Christopher Streeter, Program Director Fairfax County, at @email or 202.818.0786.



The Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy sponsors scholarships of up to $3,000 for Seniors from underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American) pursuing one of these fields: business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college or university in fall 2020 and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  This is a tiered scholarship: local chapters, regional, and national awards.  A completed application includes personal and contact information, a transcript, ACT / SAT scores, and two recommendations.  Complete application details require registration. More information can be found at Naviance Student or https://scholarship.aabe.org/. Applications are due 15 March 2020.


The City of Fairfax Band Association sponsors a scholarship of $2,000 for a Junior or Senior to support future musical endeavors. The winner of the annual competition will feature as a guest soloist at the City of Fairfax Band concert 9 May 2020. Students must be active with their high school band or orchestra program. Students must play a standard woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument; have a prepared selection which is readily available in a band accompaniment format; and be available and willing to commit, if selected as a finalist, to the competition recital on 8 March 2020 and, if selected as the winner, to the performance on 9 May 2020. If the piece is not part of a pre-approved repertoire, the student must have his or her band director or private teacher certify the existence and availability of the accompaniment, including publisher information and location of a vendor from whom the work can be obtained.  A completed application must include a good-quality, unedited CD of the student performing the proposed work and parent/guardian and music director’s certification.  Further details are available at https://www.fairfaxband.org/young-artist-competition/Applications are due 14 February 2020.


Seniors and college students who are U.S. citizens planning to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) are eligible to apply for scholarships of unspecified amounts.  Seniors must have a 3.0 or better GPA, ≥1150 SAT or ≥21 ACT score, a record of leadership and volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities, and participation in extracurricular school activities.  Seniors must be pursuing a degree in biomedical and biological sciences, engineering and engineering technology, health professions, mathematics and statistics, physical sciences, psychology, or science technology.  A completed application must have an official transcript, a counselor endorsement, and two recommendations.  Visit Naviance Student or http://www.freemontfoundation.com/uploads/3/2/1/8/32187725/2020-21_application-and-guidelines--high_school_scholarship-program-final.pdfApplications are due 31 January 2020.

HBCU COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIPS – The HBCU Council of Shiloh Baptist Church will award $2,000 to a Senior or college student who plans to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).  Applicants must be residents of Metro DC, including Northern Virginia, be a member of a church or community-based organization, provide a transcript, two recommendations, complete a Community Service Project (≥ 40 hrs), and submit an essay (500 – 600 words) discussing: What do you believe are the benefits of attending an HBCU? What do you hope to gain from the HBCU educational experience.  Visit http://www.hbcucouncil.com/Scholarship.html or Naviance Student for more information and to apply.  Each scholarship has additional requirements cited below.  Completed applications must be received by 25 January 2020.


The InspirASIAN Scholarship Program will award 22 national scholarships of $2,000 to Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, reside in specified states/areas including Virginia, have an unweighted 3.4 or better GPA, and plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.  A completed application must include extracurricular information, community service, any work experience, awards and special recognitions, and an essay (≤ 4 pages) addressing the following: (1) What are your long-term personal and educational goals? (2) How has knowledge or awareness about your own culture and other cultures affected your understanding of yourself? (3) What key experiences with your own and/or other cultures influenced your goals and your interactions with others? Please provide specific examples (4) How do you plan to use your college education to make a difference in your community?  Finalists submit an official transcript.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://inspirasian.us/programs/scholarship-program/.  Completed applications are due 31 January 2020.


This scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a Senior or college student who writes a compelling essay on student debt.  The applicant must submit GPA, college plans (at an accredited college/university), a brief biography (≤ 270 characters), and an essay (700-800 words) discussing: What is your best solution for resolution of the student loan debt crisis. More information can be found at Naviance Student or https://marcusjosephdebaisescholarship.com.   Applications are due 1 August 2020.


Based on an essay entry, the American Foreign Service Association will award students in grades 9 - 12 whose parents are not in the Foreign Service  $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the U.S. for the winner and his or her parents as well as an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea.  The runner-up will receive $1,250 and full tuition to attend a summer session of National Student Leadership Conference’s International Diplomacy program.  In a 1,000-1,250 word essay identify how members of Foreign Service work with other civilian parts of the U.S. Government to promote peace, national security and economic prosperity… [The] essay should focus on a specific challenge to U.S. peace and prosperity, and must include one example of the work of the Foreign Service and one or more examples of collaboration between America’s diplomats and other civilian (i.e. non-military) U.S. Government agencies or organizations.  Further details available at http://afsa.org/essay-contest.   Applications are due by 6 April 2020.


School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) sponsors a script-writing contest for Virginia 9th through 12th graders. Students submit a copy of an original script of a play with a running time ≤ 25 minutes.  Screenplays cannot be an adaptation of other author’s work and no screenplays or musicals will be accepted.  High School Playwriting winners will join a two-week summer residency 27 June – 12 July 2020 in Richmond to continue their creative process.  (A $350 fee is charged, but financial aid is available.)  For all the details and to apply, visit www.sparcrichmond.org/newvoices/Deadline for submission is 7 February 2020.


Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations challenges high school students to tackle one of the UN’s seventeen sustainable development goals.  Contest winners receive cash prizes of $2,500 (first place) and $1,000 (second place), as well as generous scholarships to Seton Hall University, if they are admitted and decide to attend.  Entry includes a statement (300-500 words) that describes an innovative approach or idea you have for addressing one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Ten finalists will be selected to present their ideas to a panel of judges at Seton Hall University on 24 April 2020. Finalists who cannot come to campus may participate via Skype.  For more information, helpful guidelines,  and to enter visit https://www.shu.edu/un-sustainable-development-challenge.cfm. Submission deadline is 1 March 2020.

VIRGINIA COUNCIL ON WOMEN STEM ESSAY *CONTEST* MERIT-BASED – An award of up to $5,000 will be presented to one female or female-identifying Senior in each of five Virginia regions who will pursue a STEM education at a four-year college / university, community college, trade or technical school, online and/or through certificate STEM oriented courses.  Applicants must be Virginia residents enrolled in a Virginia-based high school with a 3.0 or better GPA.  (If applying for the need-based scholarship, a 2.5 or better GPA is required and applicants must demonstrate financial need.)  A completed application must include a 700-1,000-word essay discussing your motivation for pursuing a STEM career and your anticipated course of STEM study, trade, and/or profession. Essays will be judged on content, creativity, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  For further information please see Naviance Student or https://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/advisory-boards/council-on-women/stem-essay-contest/.  Note: The application is opening on cell phones if not on your computer.  Application is due 10 January 2020. 


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 sessions, 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 Conference, Seminar, and Workshop Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2408.