WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

20 March 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
March 20, 2020

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.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CANCELLATIONS:

  • PARENT RESOURCE CENTER WORKSHOPS CANCELLED – Workshops through April 14 at the Parent Resource Center are cancelled.  Visit their website for updates. 
  • CHECK BEFORE GOING – Numerous activities, conferences, seminars, and workshops have been cancelled or postponed.  Always check before going to any event.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ADVISORY COUNCIL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE SOUGHT

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is seeking a student representative to serve from July 2020 through June 2021.  Any current Sophomore or Junior in good standing who is interested in environmental science or environmental policy is encouraged to apply.  In addition to a completed application applicants must provide information on extracurriculars and an essay (500 words) in which you demonstrate an interest in, and understanding of, environmental matters through the completion of a 500-word essay to be written on an environmental topic of the student’s choice (essays related to Fairfax County are of particular interest).  A transcript is also required, but if one is not available, provide a list of all high school courses and your final grade for each.  Our current representative, Clare Sparling, has offered to answer questions at @email.  Get all of the details and the application at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/eqac/student%20member%20materials/eqac-student-application-2020.pdfCompleted applications are due 24 April.

NEED YOUR GPA?

If you need your GPA for an application, check your Naviance Student account.  Log into Blackboard, Click into Naviance Student, Click About Me, Click My Account.  Find the section called “Academic.”  The weighted GPA is the GPA calculated for you last summer.  That number will be recalculated this summer.  Seniors have another GPA cited.  This number is your weighted 7th semester GPA.  If your first semester is great, you may have a higher 7th semester GPA

DON’T FORGET

FCPS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD

FCPS students can apply to become the student representative to the School Board.  The student representative is not a member of the School Board but serves in a nonvoting, advisory capacity, representing the interests of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools.  Current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible.  To apply, students must complete and submit the Student Representative Application and attend the election convention at Marshall High School in the Auditorium on Wednesday, 22 April.  The applicant should be prepared to speak in front of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) student delegates.  The SAC student delegates will vote to elect the representative to the School Board.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/application-2020-student-representative-school-boardThe application deadline is 24 March.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMSThese programs have a small fee but are an excellent window into academy life.  Juniors who are considering an academy should consider applying to the appropriate summer program.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

BLACK COLLEGE INSTITUTE

14-19 June & 21-26 June for Seniors, 28 June-1 July for Juniors; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Virginia – The Black College Institute hosts talented, high-achieving and academically curious rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the African-American experience and in attending Virginia Tech.  There is no charge for this program.  A completed application must include personal and family information, your GPA, test scores if available (PSAT, ACT/SAT), extracurriculars, awards/honors, and an essay (120 words) discussing why you should be selected for this program.  Accepted applicants must provide an unofficial transcript by 20 May.  Visit https://vt.edu/admissions/black-college-institute.html   Completed applications are due 1 April.

HISPANIC VALHEN COLLEGE INSTITUTE (HCL)

9 – 12 July, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – The FREE Hispanic College Institute is for high achieving, academically curious Sophomores and Juniors living in Virginia with a 2.5 or better GPA.  To facilitate access, the application is in both English and Spanish.  A completed application must include personal and family information and two essays (≤ 250 words each) discussing: (1) Please tell us a story from your life, describing an experience or event that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. You may discuss any experience/event from your personal life, extracurriculars, etc. It also does not need to be from your high school years as long as it is relevant and answers the question.  And (2) Please indicate why you should be selected for this program.  Visit  https://vt.edu/admissions/forms/hispanic-college-institute-2020-registration.html?utm_source=slate_redir&utm_medium=registration&utm_campaign=oua_hci_2020 for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 6 April.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALEXANDER SCHOLARSHIP

The Alexander Scholarship will award $1,000 to a Senior with a 2.8 or better GPA graduating from either the Fairfax County Public School System or Prince William County School System who demonstrates leadership, achievement, and forward thinking within his/her community and who is planning a business or STEM major at a four-year college/university.  A completed application must include a resume with optional cover letter, a recommendation, transcript,  Visit Naviance Student or http://alexanderscholarship.org/applyCompleted applications are due 31 May.

ASHWORTH GROGAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia administers the Ashworth Grogan Scholarship of up to $10,000.  Seniors and NVCC students residing in Northern Virginia with a 2.5 or better GPA planning to pursue an advanced certification or degree in either education or health are eligible.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, GPA, a transcript, copy of ACT/SAT score reports, planned college and major, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing (if available), and an three essays (≤ 350-400 words) discussing: (1) Provide a statement or other information that you wish the committee to consider regarding your financial need for a scholarship… also describe what other financial aid (scholarships, loans, work study, etc.) you have been awarded. (2) How you became interested in the field of education or health.  What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  How will this scholarship help you advance these goals?  (3) What else would you like the scholarship committee to consider in evaluating you as an individual?  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/ashworth-grogan-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 2 April.

BETH ANN DEBOUVRE SCHOLARSHIP

The Beth Ann Debouvre Scholarship offers $1,000 to a female Senior or college student planning to attend an accredited college/university.  A completed application must include the name of the college/university you’ll attend, your GPA, a personal bio (≤ 290 characters), and an essay (700-850-words) discussing: Are higher salaries better than other incentives for motivating workers?.  Winners name will be posted on the scholarship website.  Visit Naviance Student or https://bethdebouvrescholarship.com/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 1 August.

CANCER SCHOLARSHIP

Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers offer a $2,500 scholarship to Seniors and college students planning to study medicine, public health, toxicology, or other related fields.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA attend an accredited college/university in the fall of ’20.  A completed application must include a transcript and a policy brief (1,000 words) to their Congressperson or local politician detailing the gaps in the current policy and why increased regulations will be good for public health.  Visit Naviance Student or https://onmyside.com/cancer-scholarship/ for more details and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 December.

CHARLES HOMER BARTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia administers five $4,000 scholarships to Seniors or college students who are dependent children of police officers and retired police officers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and who will attend a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and good citizenship.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a transcript, copy of ACT/SAT score reports, planned college, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing (if available), and an essay (≤ 500 words) discussing: How has being the son or daughter of a law enforcement professional influenced or inspired you? Explain and provide specific examples of the impact on your life, values and /or goals.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/charles-homer-barton-memorial-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 2 April.

DEBBIE DOGRUL RESILIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The DDA Love Foundation seeks to give a $3,000 one-time scholarship to a WTW student who has demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity and is on an upward trajectory, academically and personally. Applicants should have a 2.5 or better GPA, represent the company core values of Dedication, Diligence, and Attentiveness (DDA), and apply those core values to her/his community, school, academics and/or friends/family. A completed application must include a transcript, resume, and an essay (1-2 pages) discussing how these core values are reflected in her/his life, how she/he has overcome adversity, and how this scholarship will help your financial needs. Completed applications are due in the Career Center 14 April.

ELIZABETH KOURY SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will administer two $5,000 (renewable additional three years up to $20,000) to outstanding Northern Virginia Seniors with financial need who demonstrate strength of character, community service, and dedication to improving the lives of others through medicine.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a transcript, copy of ACT/SAT score reports, planned college, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing (if available), and three essays discussing: (1) (≤ 350 words) your financial need;  (2) (≤ 400 words) how you became interested in the field of medicine.  What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  (3) (≤ 350 words) other information that will assist the committee in understanding your academics and you as an individual.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/elizabeth-koury-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 2 April.

ELMER TIMBERMAN MASONIC LODGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Elmer Timberman Masonic Lodge offers $1,000 to a graduating Senior planning to pursue a trade program or college degree program as a full-time student.  A completed application must include community service, extracurriculars, leadership positions, awards/recognitions, college applications/acceptances, transcript, up to three recommendations, a counselor signature, and a personal statement expressing your academic and career goals and how they relate to your proposed course of study.  NOTE: Winner must provide social security number.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download the application.  Completed applications are due 10 April.

WILLIAM J. FOREMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 - $2,000 will be given to graduating high school seniors from Fairfax County Public Schools, who demonstrate academic achievement and potential; an ability to overcome significant adversity; and financial need.  Priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness, foster care, or a lack of substantial family support during their high school career.  Applicants must also demonstrate leadership or mentoring skills, a positive attendance record, positive attitude and school involvement.  Completed applications must include activities, GPA, the college you plan to attend, a transcript, attendance record, SAR from applicants FAFSA filing, two recommendation forms and letters (counselor and teacher), and a personal essay (~350 words) providing more information about you to include anything you do outside of school (i.e., work), specific challenges you have faced in high school, how you successfully met those challenges and how you plan to use the scholarship, if selected.  A media release is also included, but applicants may request not to be publicized.  Winners are asked to attend a presentation on Thursday, 7 May at 5 pm.  Applications are available in Naviance Student.   Completed applications are due in the Career

GET BEST SEWING MACHINE SCHOLARSHIP

GetBestSewingMachine.com offers $1,000 to a Senor or college student with a 3.0 or better GPA with a passion for education and financial future who will be attending a college/university in the 2020-21 academic school year.  A completed application must include an essay (≥ 1,200 words) discussing Informative Research on Commercial Sewing Machines.  Visit Naviance Student or https://getbestsewingmachine.com/get-best-sewing-machine-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 December.

MARY LEE PETERSON ARTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Art Guild of Clifton will provide $750 to a Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA with demonstrated artistic talent who is graduating from high school in Fairfax County and planning a major in either fine or performing arts at a post-secondary institution.  A completed application must include two recommendations (one or both active in his/her arts field), and an original body of work in visual or performing arts. (one- three works).  Specific guidelines for submissions can be found in the application.  Judging will be based on originality/creativity, composition, skill proficiency of tools and processes, concept/idea, quality, presentation, and fulfilling entry guidelines.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download an application.  Completed applications must be received by 10 June.

OPEN DOOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP

Open Door Presbyterian Church (ODPC) offers $1,000 to a Fairfax County High School Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA who can demonstrate community involvement, improvement in academics, and a desire to attend college.  A completed application must include extracurricular activities, honors/awards, two recommendations, a your GPA, transcript, a copy of your college acceptance letter, and a personal essay (1-2 pages) discussing: How will your college education improve you and make a contribution to the society, your community or your family?  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download an application.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 30 April.

PATRICK MADDREN SCHOLARSHIP

Patrick Maddren will award $1,000 to a Senior or college student pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited college/university.  Applicants must demonstrate academics, leadership qualities, and personal success qualities such as motivation, dedication, emotional maturity, and perseverance.  A completed application must include your GPA, college/university you will attend, a personal bio (≤ 290 characters), and an essay (≥ 500 words) Why would you like to become an entrepreneur and what qualities do you think you possess to become a successful entrepreneur in the future?  Winners will be published online.  Visit Naviance Student or https://patrickmaddrenscholarship.com/ for more information.  Completed applications are due 1 March 2021.

ROSE KOURY SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will administer two $5,000 (renewable additional three years up to $20,000) scholarship for outstanding Northern Virginia Seniors with a 2.5 or better GPA, financial need, strength of character, and community service/extracurriculars who are planning a career in early childhood or elementary education.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a transcript, copy of ACT/SAT score reports, planned college, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing (if available), and three essays discussing: (1) (≤ 350 words) your financial need; (2) (≤ 400 words) how you became interested in the field of education.  What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals? (3) (≤ 350 words) other information that will assist the committee in understanding your academics and you as an individual.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/rose-koury-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 2 April.

VANCE INTERNATIONAL, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will administer two $500 - $2,000 scholarships for Northern Virginia Seniors or college students with a 2.5 or better GPA who are planning careers in law enforcement or security including administration of justice.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a transcript, copy of ACT/SAT score reports, planned college and major, and two essays discussing: (1) (≤ 350 words) your financial need; (2) (≤ 400 words) how you became interested in law enforcement and criminal justice.  What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/vance-international-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 5 pm on 2 April.

VIRGINIA SCHOOL COUNSELOR  ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) will award a $1,000 scholarship to the Senior planning to attend a 2-, 4-year college/university, a trade/technical program, or enlist in any branch of the military who best discusses in an essay (≤ 500 words) a school counselor, past or present, who has made a difference in their lives.  A completed application must include personal information, school information, GPA, post-secondary plans, name and contact information for the counselor about whom you write, Mrs. Ishii’s name and contact information (703.503.4661, @email ) as the Awards Program person at WTW and 26 May as our Awards Ceremony date.  Visit Naviance Student or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVwPFmYmD5urbPCpu0YnMNFkVBRwDDjrLi1kmONYg_-Q50FA/viewform for more details and to apply.   Completed applications are due 5 April.

WASHINGTON KOREAN WOMEN’S SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Washington Korean Women’s Society will award  five $1,000 scholarship to an FCPS Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA and a family income less than $60,000 planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university in ’20-21.  A completed application must include school and community extracurriculars, awards/honors, any work experience,, a copy of your college acceptance letter, your proposed major, and an essay (300 words) describing how he/she overcame a significant obstacle in life or a situation in which your personal determination helped you achieve a goal.  Winners will need to send a photo, a thank-you, and attend an award ceremony on 14 June.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download an application.  Completed applications are due 15 April.

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.

CONFERENCES / SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS

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

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Visit Naviance Student 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.