WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

21 December 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 21, 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

WINTER BREAK IS HERE.  Our next publication will be on 11 January 2019.

Wishing Everyone Holidays Filled With Joy and a Happy, Prosperous New Year!

LUNCH & LEARN, SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP

Tuesday, 8 January & Thursday, 10 January, All Lunches, Career Center.  Bring a bag lunch to the Career Center Tuesday or Thursday after break (8 or 10 January).  A scholarship workshop will start at the beginning of each lunch.  There won't be time to go through the lunch line.

WTW COURSE CURRICULUM NIGHT & RISING FRESHMEN PARENT NIGHT

Wednesday, 9 January, 5 – 8 pm (snow day 15 January).  Learn what classes offer from the people who teach the class at the Electives and Curriculum Fair.  Learn what you need to know about the special topics listed below.

  • 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 (E125). 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 (E125). 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 class 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).

FREE TUTORING

Students who took the PSAT can get free online tutoring that targets the areas in which you need help.  Find the email from College Board that provides your PSAT results.  That email will tell you how to link your PSAT to Khan Academy.  Once the link is made, Khan Academy will help you study what you need to know.  The December 14 Woodson Weekly also has great directions to help you make this link.  NOTE: Anyone can use Khan Academy for free to study whatever they wish.  https://www.khanacademy.org/

DON’T FORGET

FCPS ACADEMY COURSE AND OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS 2019 – Discover the many opportunities for career development and exploration offered by Fairfax County Academies at an open house. 

FREE FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOP DATES

Get one-on-one help with your FAFSA.  Don’t come empty-handed.  Bring the items listed below the following workshop dates.  Please register at https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/.

  • Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 5 – 8 pm – McLean High School
  • Saturday, 2 February 2019, 9 am – Noon – Mount Vernon High School
  • Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 14 February) – Lee High School
  • Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5 – 7:30 pm, (Snow Date 12 February) – Westfield High School
    • Contact: Laura Cudahy lqcudahy@fcps.edu, 703.488.6527 Spanish and Korean Translation Available
  • Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 6 – 8:30 pm – Annandale High School
    • Contact: 703.642.4263

BRING to the FAFSA Completion Workshop:

  • Social security number of parents and students (or permanent resident number)
  • Date of birth of parents and students
  • 2017 (Prior Prior) W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • Current statements for checking, savings and other asset accounts
  • Current investment records, including 529 plans or other prepaid college plans
  • 2017 (Prior Prior) Completed tax returns
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Military Families: LES (student and/or parents) for any month in 2017
  • Driver’s license number (if you have one)
  • Parents’ date of marriage
  • Two unique email addresses (one for the student and one for the parent)
  • An FSA ID for both the student and one parent. You may register for your ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

NEW COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

8TH ANNUAL EDISON HBCU FAIR

21 February 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Edison High School Auxiliary Gym – High school students are invited to meet with college admissions representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Some representatives will be providing application fee waivers, scholarship awards, and on-site admissions opportunities.

17TH ANNUAL ASBC HBCU COLLEGE FESTIVAL

23 February 2019, 8 am – 3:30 pm, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001 - Over 70 colleges and universities as well as other organizations will be represented at this college fair.  Some schools will offer instant admission, application fee waivers, and on-site interviews.  Seminars will be held for parents/guardians and students.  Band and choral auditions will be available at some schools (must pre-register for auditions and bring own instrument).  Although there is no fee to attend, all attendees MUST register.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.alfredstreet.org/ministries/outreach-and-missions/hbcu-festival/.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUMMER MUSIC INSITUTE (SMI)

1 - 29 July 2019, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC - This summer program for approximately 60 students ages 15 - 20 is designed to expose and help prepare students for a 21st century orchestral career.  The 4-week, tuition-free program includes private lessons taught by a member of the NSO, chamber music, coaching by NSO musicians, master classes and seminars, side-by-side orchestra rehearsals with the NSO, attendance at selected rehearsals and performances of the NSO, participation in the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra conducted by Abel Pereira, performance opportunities in DC metropolitan area, including on the Kennedy Center's Concert Hall stage, and exposure to internationally-renowned conductors, soloists, and musicians. Each student accepted into the program attends tuition-free, which includes housing, and lessons. Transportation to and from Washington, DC is not included.  Additionally, a stipend for cost of food during the institute is not provided.  Note that the following materials are required for the SMI application: orchestral excerpts for instrument (Video Recording), solo piece (Video Recording), one Recommendation from music teacher or conductor, and the applicant's musical resumé.  For more information and to apply, visit http://education.kennedy-center.org/education/nsoed/smi/.  If you need assistance for travel costs and/or food costs during the 4 weeks, you are encouraged to apply for financial aid by the application deadline at http://kcwebsiteprod.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/default-source/pdfs/education/smi/smi-financial-aid-form.pdf.  For questions, contact NSO Education at 202.416.8820 or NSOSMI@kennedy-center.orgThe application deadline is 22 January 2019

NATURAL HISTORY INVESTIGATIONS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Thursdays 10, 17, 24, 31 January 2019, 5 – 7 pm, National Museum of Natural History, Coralyn W. Whitney Education Center – This after-school program series is for students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in science and museums and allows them to explore the world of natural history science in a fun and interactive way.  Participants will meet and learn from museum scientists and educators, gain natural history science and technology skills, visit exclusive behind-the-scenes areas of the museum, and meet other science-minded teens from across the D.C. metropolitan area.  The program is FREE of charge, and participants are expected to attend all sessions. Applications are now open, and participants will be accepted on a rolling basis.  For more information and to apply, visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/youth-programs/after-school.  The certificate of completion received at the end of the program can be used to demonstrate interest in science necessary for acceptance into the Q?Crew Teen Volunteer Program.

BANK OF AMERICA STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM

Summer 2019, Washington, DC (also additional locations throughout the country) - Bank of America sponsors this program for the next generation of community leaders. Juniors and Seniors in high school who are working to make a difference in their school or community are eligible to apply.  As a Student Leader, participants will engage in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where they will learn first-hand about the needs of their community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, participants will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. what which you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.  To become a Student Leader, applicants must be:

  • a Junior or Senior in high school
  • able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
  • legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2019
  • able to participate in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC (8 - 13 July 2019) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
  • a student in good standing at school
  • able to obtain a recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.

For more information and to apply, visit https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/student-leaders.html#fbid=Z3SAwxSpDo6. For questions, call 800.218.9946. The application deadline is 1 February 2019

NEW INTERNSHIPS

YES! TEEN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

June – November 2019, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC – The Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) internship is a career immersion and science communication program for youth between the ages of 14 - 19, who are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9 - 11) in the Washington D.C. area. The YES! program, which runs from June-November, provides practical experience through a hands-on science internship with Smithsonian science staff.  By participating in the program, teens will also have access to behind-the-scenes tours and field trips, creative studio workshops, college preparatory classes, and the opportunity to create their own TED-type talks.  The program consists of research internships with a Smithsonian science mentor in various science disciplines across the National Museum of Natural History.  Additionally, participants will have access to training courses where you will learn how to effectively engage public audiences and your peers in science topics, a chance to meet teens who share similar science interests, college preparation courses from YES! alumni, local college visits, and a stipend of $2,500.    For more information and to apply, visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/youth-programs/yes-science-internships.  For questions, call 202.633.4588 or email youthnmnh@si.edu.  The application deadline is 31 January 2019.

ASPIRING SCIENTISTS SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (ASSIP)

3 or 17 June – 9 August 2019, George Mason University College of Science, Fairfax, VA - The George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program was established in 2007 to give high school and undergraduate students, who have an interest in STEM, access to real-world, hands-on research.  Students work one-on-one with faculty researchers at George Mason University and collaborating institutions using state-of-the-art technology to solve hypothesis-driven questions in Biochemistry, Biodefense, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Genomics, GeoInformation Science (GIS), Mathematical Modeling, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Serious Game Design, Sports Medicine, Physics, and Proteomics.  As part of the 7-9 week full-time training, students gain hands-on experience using cutting-edge sophisticated equipment and technologies, develop and exercise scientific writing and communication skills, explore STEM career choices through discussion forums and meetings with role models, and develop and exercise creative skills.  The 2019 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program will begin on either Monday, 3 June or 17 June depending on student and mentor agreement, and will conclude with a poster symposium on 9 August 2019.  There is NO FEE for students to participate in the ASSIP. A small application fee will be required (which may be waived based on financial need).  For more information and to apply, visit http://assip.cos.gmu.edu/.  The application deadline is 15 February 2019.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ADAPTED BASKETBALL PROGRAM

Saturdays, January – March 2019, 3 - 3:45 pm or 4 - 4:45 pm (no practice 1/19, 1/26, 2/16, 3/2), Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA –The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is currently seeking volunteer buddies to assist in their Adapted Basketball Program this winter.  The Adapted Sports Program offers a variety of sports and recreational activities to individuals ages 5-18 with special needs.  Volunteers will be matched with an athlete and will assist them with follow through of skills/activity, socialization, engagement, and making sure they have fun.  Volunteers are asked to commit for the entire 9-week program.  For more information, contact Aryn Cahen, Special Needs Program Coordinator, at 703.537.3032 or aryn.cahen@jccnv.org.

GIVE YOUTH TUTORING PROGRAM AT BURKE CENTRE LIBRARY

GIVE Youth is a nonprofit organization run by high school students that offers free tutoring for students in grades K-6 at twenty locations in Northern Virginia.  The program is expanding to Burke Centre Library beginning 12 January 2019, and GIVE Youth is seeking student volunteers to tutor at the new location.  For more information and to volunteer, visit http://www.giveyouth.org/ or email burke.centre@giveyouth.org.

Q?CREW TEEN VOLUNTEERS

Summer 2019, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC – The National Museum of Natural History offers high school students opportunities to volunteer 100 hours with like-minded teens from the end of June to November.  Volunteers receive many benefits described online.  Applications for this all teen volunteer group are now being accepted.  Applicants must be 13 - 19 years old and currently enrolled in high school, live in the D.C. Metro area, be available starting at the end of June, committed to serving at least 100 hours by November, and be able to sign up for at least two 4-hour shifts each month.  Volunteers will meet new friends, gain new science skills and communicate with people from around the world, gain community service hours, get special access to behind-the-scenes tours, and learn about current science research from scientists and experts.  For more information and to apply, visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/youth-programs/qcrew-volunteers.  The deadline to apply is 31 January 2019.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

AIR FORCE OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB OF WASHINGTON, DC SCHOLARSHIP

The Air Force Officers’ Spouses’ Club (AFOSC) offers merit-based scholarships to eligible USAF dependent children with a 3.25 or better GPA who are graduating Seniors and who will begin undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2019. Applicants and/or their sponsor must live/be stationed in the National Capital Region.  Completed applications must include a personal data sheet, proof of Air Force dependency; community service activities, high school activities, and employment, if any; awards and honors; intended area of study; a transcript, SAT/ACT scores, a reference, a counselor form, and an essay discussing Tell us what you would like to do for a career after college and why you chose that profession.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.afoscdc.com/scholarships.html for details and an application.  Completed applications are due 1 March 2019.

ALPHA PHI ALPHA JEWEL SCHOLARSHIP

The Joyce-Gillespie-Harrington Educational & Charitable Foundation offers up to $1,500 in scholarships to Seniors who are residents of Northern Virginia or the greater Metropolitan DC area, including Fairfax County, and who plan to enroll in an accredited college/university in the Fall of 2019.  A complete application package must include: the completed application, detailed description of your high school community service and your volunteer activities, two recommendations, a copy of your most recent transcript, and a two-page essay describing, Who am I, and what this scholarship will mean to me?  For details and an online application visit http://jghfdn.org/jewel-college-scholarship-application/ or Naviance Student.  Completed application packets are due 2 March 2019.

AMS FRESHMAN UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The American Meteorological Society offers a $2,500 award (renewable to $5,000) to a Senior who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plans to pursue a degree in the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrologic sciences (marine biology does not meet this requirement).  A completed application must include the application form, an official transcript, a recommendation, and SAT or ACT test scores. Registration is required to get all requirements/details.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/ams-freshman-undergraduate-scholarshipAll applications must be received by 8 February 2019. 

AMS MINORITY SCHOLARSHIPS

The American Meteorological Society offers $3,000 awards (renewable to $6,000) to Seniors who are U.S. citizens planning to major in atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrological sciences (marine biology does not meet this requirement) in the Fall of 2019. The AMS Minority Scholarships target students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences such as Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, a recommendation, and SAT or ACT scores along with the application. Registration is required to get all requirements/details.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/ams-minority-scholarships/All applications must be received by 8 February 2019.

ARMY ENGINEERS SPOUSES’ CLUB, ARMY ENGINEER MEMORIAL AWARD (AEMA)

The Army Engineers Spouses’ Club will award AEMA to qualifying high school Seniors who plan to continue their education at an accredited college, university, technical school, or vocational school.  Applicants must be the child of a U.S. Army Engineer (active duty, reserves, National Guard, retired, deceased, or current Department of the Army employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).  Applicants must also have a parent who is a member of the Army Engineer Spouses Club (AESC).  The award is based on academic and extracurricular achievement during high school, along with a written essay.  Completed applications must include an official, 7th semester transcript; SAT or ACT scores; extracurricular activities, achievements, work experience if any; proof of parents’ affiliations; and an essay (300-400 words) discussing: What event has had the greatest impact on your life so far, and how do you think it will affect you in the future?  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or http://www.armyengineerspouses.com/army-engineer-memorial-awards-aema.htmlCompleted on-line application and all materials are due 28 February 2019.

ASIAN PACIFIC FUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

The Shue Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship provides up to $1,000 to one or two Seniors who will enroll in college the Fall of 2019 and who are currently/formerly employed or whose parent is currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, financial need, and demonstrate advocacy of progressive causes such as Asian Americans, immigrants, and LGBTQ.  A completed application must include test scores, a resume, two recommendations, a transcript, family financial information, and 3 - 4 essays (250 - 500 words) discussing: (1) Tell us about yourself, including your academic and career goals, hopes and dreams for the future and your proudest moment of your personal or academic life. (2) Describe your experience as a restaurant worker or child of a restaurant worker. What have you learned from the experience? How has it shaped your values? (3) Describe any community service or school project you have done in the mainstream or Asian American community that has shaped your ideas about the Asian American community. How do you envision giving back to the community in the future? (4 - optional) Is there anything else you would like us to know, including any unusual family or personal circumstances that have affected your achievement in school, work experience or your participation in school activities?  (Finalists must submit official transcripts, score reports, and a copy of the SAR from the FAFSA filing.)  Further information is available in Naviance Student or http://asianpacificfund.org/what-we-do/scholarships/faq. Application deadline is 26 February 2019.

AUTOMOTIVE AFTERMARKET SCHOLARSHIP

The University of the Aftermarket Foundation administers the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship for students who will attend an ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty, collision repair school, or an accredited college or university.  A completed application must include a transcript, at least one reference (some organizations require a member write this), and a one-page essay about your career goals.  You may also post an optional short video on YouTube.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.automotivescholarships.com/apply_online.cfm.  Completed applications must be received by 31 March 2019.

AUTOMOTIVE WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships of $2,500 are awarded to Senior (or college student) women with a passion for a career in the automotive industries.  AWAF affiliation is not required.  Applicants must show acceptance or enrollment in an accredited collegiate program, a 3.0 or higher GPA, and a North American citizenship.  A completed application must include a cover letter explaining your automotive-related career aspirations, resume including work, extracurriculars, transcript, proof of college acceptance, and volunteer activities, and optional recommendations or other supporting documents.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://awafoundation.org/Scholarships. Application is due 10 January 2019.

*CONTEST* CREATIVE COMMUNICATION POETRY CONTEST

The Creative Communication Poetry Contest is open to K-9 students in the U.S.   Prizes will be awarded at each grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9. The top ten entries in each level will be given a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology. Students that are accepted to be published are notified and permission to publish in the anthology is requested. The student always owns the rights to the entry. Entries must be in English, cannot be over 21 lines of text, use proper capitalization, and of appropriate subject (no pro-violence, pro drugs, etc.) Contestants may submit one poem for each contest (Spring, Summer and Fall). For more information, visit https://www.poeticpower.com/enter-poetry-contest   Deadline for Spring submission is 25 April 2019.

DAVIDSON FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP

The Davidson Institute provides scholarships of $10,000-$50,000 to students who are 18 or younger as of 1 October 2019, and who have accomplished a meaningful significant work, at or close to graduate-level, which has the potential to make a positive contribution to society.  Applications are by category: STEM, Humanities, and Outside the Box.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, reside in the US or be stationed overseas due to U.S. military duty.  Recipients must be available to attend an awards reception and other recognition events in September in Washington, D.C. (travel expenses and lodging will be provided).  Completed applications must include student/project information, a nominating form, and a parent form.  Application requires willingness to allow The Davidson Institute to use application materials in programs, website, etc. More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarship  All application materials must be received by 13 February 2019. 

ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARDS

The ELKS National Foundation will award four renewable Legacy awards of $1,000 (renewable to $4,000) to high school Seniors from Virginia, who are a child or grandchild (including legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2016, or is a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2016.  The Elk must also be a paid-up member through March 31, 2019.  Winners are required to perform service once a year with an Elks Lodge during the four years of the scholarship.  Completed applications must include: ACT/SAT scores, a transcript, and short essays.  Applications must also include contact information for the Elk Sponsor as well as his/her Lodge number and membership number.  Applicants will be judged on how they exhibit the core values of the Elks National Foundation:  Knowledge, Charity, Community and Integrity. Online  registration is required to access the full application and get all the details.  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or http://www.elks.org/ENF/scholars/legacy.cfmCompleted applications must be submitted by 1 February 2019. 

EXCEPTIONAL NURSE.COM SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarships between $250 and $500 will be awarded to Seniors who will attend a college or university full-time and to college students.  Applicants must have a documented disability and demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing in a nursing education program and to career excellence.  Completed applications must include a signed application form, extracurriculars including honors and awards, three recommendations speaking to your academic abilities and personal character, an official transcript, family income and extenuating circumstances that might affect finances, a medical verification of disability form, basic family financial information, and a 1-2 page essay discussing how you plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how your disability will influence your practice as a nurse.  NOTE: A media release and permission to publish excerpts of the essay is required.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or www.exceptionalnurse.com/scholarship.phpCompleted applications must be received by 1 June 2019. 

FREEMONT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The James M. & Erma T. Freemont Foundation provides scholarships to graduating high school Seniors and college students with a record of leadership and volunteerism in the community and participation in extracurricular school activities who plan to attend an accredited historically black college/university majoring in the sciences starting the Fall of 2019.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen with a 3.0 or better GPA, SAT of 1150 or better or ACT of 21 or better.  Completed applications must include the endorsement of a guidance counselor attesting qualification for scholarship, two recommendations (one from high school teacher, counselor or principal, one from local community member or officer of organization in which applicant is affiliated), most recent transcript, and a 300 – 350 word essay answering the following: Why I am choosing the sciences as a career?  For more information visit Naviance Student or http://www.freemontfoundation.com/scholarships.htmlApplications are due 18 January 2019.

GAR GORDON A. RICH MEMORIAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Gordon A. Rich Foundation provides a renewable $12,500 scholarship to graduating Seniors whose parents work in the financial services industry and who can demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have a 3.5 or better GPA, in the top 20% of their class, and planning to attend full-time an accredited four-year college/university in the U.S.  The applicant with the highest GPA is eligible for the Parkman Prize, a $5,000 award.  Applicants will be assessed on academics, activities and demonstrated leadership, test scores, application responses, and need.  A completed application must include applicant data, parent/guardian information, counselor or teacher appraisal, a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, parent’s financial information, and an essay (up to 500 words) discussing: Drawing on your own interests, accomplishments and experiences, tell how you’ve embodied the passion, spirit and ideals exemplified in the life of Gordon Rich.  More information and an application can be found in Naviance Student and at http://www.gordonrich.org/html/apply.htmlCompleted applications are due 20 February 2019.

JACKIE ROBINSON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers up to $30,000 over four years to minority high school Seniors showing leadership potential, dedication to community service and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited four-year college within the U.S.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or ACT score of 21. A completed application must include the online application, a professional digital photo (headshot only), a recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, and four essays (up to 2,500 words each).  Topics for essays are (1) Jackie Robinson is best known for the courageous role he played in the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947. In fact, Jackie Robinson exhibited courage and humanitarianism on many fronts overcoming unforeseen barriers and challenges both on and off the field. What obstacles have you overcome that speak to what others can learn from studying the life of Jackie Robinson? (2) What do you consider to be the most pressing global issue today and why? (3) Jackie Robinson embodied his statement “A life is not important except in its impact on other lives.” Describe a situation where you took a leadership role, including why you led the project and how you were effective in helping and leading others. (4) Write an essay which conveys to the reader a sense of who you are. Possible topics may include experiences that have shaped your life, the circumstances of your upbringing or the way you see the world.  For more information visit http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/applicants/ or Naviance Student.  Applications are due by 5 pm on 1 February 2019.

MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to assist with studies at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or at an accredited career & technical educational institution.  Applicants must be the child of a Marine (active duty, reserve, or veteran, living or killed while serving, or of a navy corpsman attached to a marine unit.)  Applicants must have a 2.0 or better GPA, and a family adjusted gross income for 2018 that does not exceed $100,000.  Completed applications must include: a transcript, copies of tax documents, a photograph, military service documentation for sponsor.  Registration is required to access all the details and the application.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.mcsf.org/scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 1 March 2019.

MILITARY COMMANDERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Military Commanders Scholarship Fund offers one time, non-renewable, $5,000 awards (two per branch of service) to high school Seniors who are dependents of active duty, reserve, National Guard or retired members of the U.S. military. Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA at the time of application and plan post-secondary study at a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family experiences, and financial need.  Completed applications must include: a transcript, activities/work experience, unusual circumstances, an appraisal/recommendation, financial information, and proof of parent’s military service.  Winners will need to submit a photograph for promotional materials.  Only the first 100 applications received will be acknowledged and processed. For more information visit Naviance Student or https://sms.scholarshipamerica.org/militarycommanders/guidelines.htmlApplications are due 16 February 2019 or until 100 applications are received.  Apply early!!

NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU OFFICERS’ SPOUSES CLUB (NGBSC) SCHOLARSHIP

The National Guard Bureau Officers’ Spouses Club offers both academic and need-based scholarships for Seniors and college students.  The applicant’s parent, spouse, or guardian must be an individual, either officer/enlisted or civilian (GS/NSPS), working for the National Guard Bureau in the VA/MD/DC area, in specified categories.  Completed applications must include extracurricular activities, an official transcript, GPA, SAT/ACT score report, and an essay (~500 words) describing your personal and professional goals, plans for achieving those goals, and any special needs (if applicable).  [Applicants who] would like to be considered for NGBSC’s needs-assessed scholarship, please include any obstacles or challenges you have overcome and state clearly that you are applying for the needs – assessed scholarship.  Visit Naviance Student or http://ngbosc.org/scholarships for more information.  Completed applications are due 16 March 2019.

NORTHWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP (NFCU)

The Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation offers scholarships up to $5,000 to Seniors and college students who will attend, full-time, a 2, 4-year, or graduate program in the 2019/20 academic year.  Applicants must exemplify qualities of leadership, dedication and commitment in school, home, and community.  Three types of scholarships are available: Ben De Felice (have an account at NWFCU for the student as the primary account holder), CIRA (be the daughter, son, or grandchild of an active duty or retired CIA employee), Need Based (be a student who can demonstrate a strong financial need). A complete application will include: all questions thoughtfully and completely answered with consideration, and if selected as a finalist, applicant agrees to submit transcripts, acceptance and/or enrollment letter, and (for the need-based scholarship) a copy of the SAR from a FAFSA filing. For details and additional information, visit https://www.nwfcufoundation.org/our-programscommunity-education/scholarships or Naviance Student.  Completed applications must be submitted by noon on 29 March 2019.

PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes high school students (grades 9 – 12) who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.  Prize recipients receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to a Symposium on Race at Princeton University. A completed application requires a supporter recommendation, and detailed description of the activity you are involved in that made a difference in race relations.  Four short essays respond to: (1) Please describe the race relations activity (or activities) that you want us to consider.  If you are involved in more than one activity, make sure to describe them all. (≤ 250 words); (2) How did your activity promote racial harmony, understanding, and respect and/or reduce racism, racial conflict, and misunderstanding in your school/community?  Make sure to clearly describe how your work directly impacted these race relations matters. (≤ 350 words); (3) How did the activity affect your school or local community?  How would you describe the change that your work has made?  How many people (students and/or adults) were involved in your activity, and for how long? (≤ 350 words); (4) What was your role in the activity and how long were you involved in that role?  Be sure to tell us, for example, whether you thought up the activity, led the activity, and/or played some other role.  Also tell us how long you were involved and how much time you spent doing it (for example, during a day, week, month, etc. (≤ 100 words).  Application requires willingness to have application materials featured in PPRR programs, website, etc. Winners will have to provide their tax ID number.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at www.princeton.edu/PrincetonPrize.  Application is due 31 January 2019. 

RISE SCHOLARSHIP

The RISE Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships of $500 - $2,500 to Seniors with a documented learning disability planning to attend an accredited college or university.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, a 2.5 or better GPA, and a documented learning disability (ADD or ADHD alone doesn’t qualify).  A completed application must include: parent information, college application information, a recommendation, transcript, photo, and a response to: Share a piece of advice you would give to your younger self regarding having a diagnosis of a learning difference. You may write an essay, a poem, a song, a video, or a piece of art as a response to the prompt.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.RisescholarshipFoundation.org.  Application is due 31 January 2019. 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN

The Defense Commissary Agency business partners and others provides multiple $2,000 scholarships (renewable for a total of four years) to dependent, unmarried children under age 23 of active duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members, or survivors of service members who died while on active duty or survivors of individuals who died while receiving retired pay from the military.  Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in the fall of 2019 in a 2- or 4-year college/university program leading to a bachelor’s degree.  Applicants will be assessed on academic achievement, participation in school, community and volunteer activities, and work experience.  Completed applications must include a transcript indicating an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA for Seniors, verification of eligibility (the benefits number on the dependent ID card), and a 500 word essay.  On-line registration is required to access full application details.  For more information, please visit Naviance Student or https://militaryscholar.org/sfmc/index.htmlCompleted applications and all materials are due 15 February 2019. 

SEABEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association awards scholarships to Seniors or college students who are children or grandchildren of Seabees or Civil Engineer Corps officers.  Applicants are assessed on academics, leadership, good citizenship and character, and financial need.  Completed applications must include verification of sponsor’s service affiliation, extracurricular activities, employment history, transcript, financial information including available funding for college, the SAR from a FAFSA filing, copies of signed tax forms or a tax transcript, and a personal statement 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. Visit Naviance Student or https://www.seabee.org/scholarship for more information and an application.  Applications are due 15 April 2019.

U.S. PAN ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USPAACC) EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

USPAACC supports multiple scholarships ranging from $3,000 - $5,000.  Applicants must be a Senior, at least 16 years of age, of Asian/Pacific Island heritage, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with a 3.3 or better GPA beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S.  Applicants must demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, and financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, copy of first two pages of tax returns, two recommendations (one from the high school and one from a community service organization), information on proposed post-secondary course of study (major) and associated costs (tuition/room/board for one university to which the applicant is applying), a photo, and an essay discussing: Why should I be awarded this scholarship.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://celebrasianconference.com/scholarshipsCompleted application packets are due 29 March 2019.

WACE NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The National Commission for Cooperative Education awards up to 160 scholarships of $6,000-$8,000 per year for four years (most are renewable to $24,000-$32,000) for Seniors or transfer students who will attend these schools with an integrated co-op internship programs as part of their curriculum, specifically: Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Oswego, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, or Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, have applied to one or more of the listed schools, and meet other merit scholarship criteria established by the institutions.  Application includes an essay (up to 200 words) describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.  Early applications are highly encouraged, and some schools may have earlier deadlines.  More information can be found on Naviance Student or at https://www.waceinc.org/scholarship/index.html.  Final deadline is 15 February 2019, but some schools may have earlier deadlines.

WOOD STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP

The National Wood Flooring Association will award $1,000 to a Senior who will study forestry, environmental science, or natural resources at a four-year college.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better and ACT of 25 or higher or SAT of 800 or higher. Applications include a resume including extracurricular activities, awards, leadership, community service and work experience, a transcript, proof of ACT or SAT score, one teacher recommendation, proof of college acceptance, and an essay (500-750 words) discussing: How does the study of forestry benefit the wood flooring industry?  For more details and information, please visit Naviance Student or https://www.nwfa.org/nwfa-wood-studies-scholarship.aspxCompleted application and all materials are due by 1 February 2019

COMPILATIONS

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COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

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COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

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LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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INTERNSHIP and APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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WORKSHOPS

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