WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

22 November 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 22, 2019

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CornocopiaHAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

The WTW College and Career Center Newsletter will break with you for Thanksgiving.  The next publication will be on Friday, 6 December.

FREE COATS AND SWEATERS If you need a coat or sweater, visit A139 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9 am to 2 pm to get one.  No charge!!

DON’T FORGET

WEST POINT LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS CONFERENCE

The West Point Society of DC will host the 12th Annual West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference (WPLEC) for the National Capital Region on Wednesday, 11 March at the George Mason University Law School, Arlington Campus.  This free conference provides a leadership development experience that enhances participants’ ability to make better decisions as they confront ethical challenges in school and beyond.  WTW is allowed to nominate four Juniors who are outstanding student leaders (two male and two female) and who have at least a 3.5 or better GPA.  WTW Juniors who wish to join this conference need to provide their email, a brief statement explaining how they are a good match for this opportunity, and a resume to the Career Center by 3 pm on Monday, 25 November.

NEW COLLEGE FAIRS

HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY (HBCU) FAIRSSpeak to Historically Black College and University admissions representatives.  Some representatives will offer: application fee waivers, scholarship awards, and/or on-site admissions opportunities. Students should bring an unofficial transcript and a copy of test scores for potential on-site admission.

  • 23 January, 2020, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Edison High School, Auxiliary Gym, 5801 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA
  • 25 January, 2020, 8 am – 3:30 pm, Gaylord National Resort, Fort Washington, MD

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (YLI)

The Youth Leadership Institute is a FREE, four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for 150 Latino high school Juniors.  It is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success.  Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and expand their professional networks by participating in college and career workshops, living on a college campus, and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.  The conferences are hosted each summer at various college campuses across the country.  Visit https://www.hsf.net/youth-leadership-institute   Applications are due 25 January 2020.

LOUIS AUGUST JONAS FOUNDATION CAMP RISING SUN

International group promoting commitment to service and leadership FREE camp for students held in Rhinebeck, NY.  The. camp offers service projects, outdoor experience, and artistic activities.  First year campers must be between 15 and 16 years old, demonstrate proficiency in spoken English, leadership potential, character, individuality, a capacity for academic achievement, willingness to learn from mistakes, and be able to represent their local or regional culture.  The girls session is 24 June – 21 July, and the boys is session 29 July – 25 August.  A completed application must include a transcript and two references.  A photo is optional.  Visit http://www.lajf.org for all the details and to apply.  Start your application early using a word-processing program to save your short answers.  The application must be completed in a single sitting.  Completed applications from our region are due 13 January 2020.

YEAR UP PROGRAM

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by ensuring that young adults gain the skills, experiences, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through careers and higher education. This mission is achieved through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships, and college credits.  The one-year program includes:  six months professional training in IT, Financial Operations, Sales & Customer Support, Business Operations, or Software Development; six months corporate internship with a respected company, coursework eligible for college credit, weekly educational stipend throughout the program, and guidance/support from a staff advisor and professional mentor.  Ninety percent of Year Up graduates are employed and/or enrolled in postsecondary education within four months of completing the program.  To be eligible, applicants must be: 18-24 years old; high school graduates or GED recipients; of low to moderate income; a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or have an employment authorization card; available 5 days a week (Mon-Fri) for the full year of the program; be highly motivated to learn new technical and professional skills; and have not obtained a bachelor’s degree. To learn more about the application process, visit https://www.yearup.org/future-students/admission-process/. The steps to apply include:  attending an information session, completing an application, undergoing an academic review, attending an interview, and enrolling in college.  Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the class is filled.  Classes begin in September for the fall, and in February for the spring. If you are interested in applying, fill out an interest form online at https://www.yearup.org/seize-opportunity/.

NEW INTERNSHIPS

BANK OF AMERICA STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM

The Student Leaders program helps Juniors and Seniors learn how nonprofits, government and businesses partner in the community through employment, skills development, and service.  The program lasts eight weeks and includes a Student Leadership Summit (13 - 18 July) in D.C. plus the opportunity to work with a local nonprofit organization 35 hours a week.  Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship through the end of September, be in good standing at their high school, and provide a recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.  Visit https://www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 31 January 2020.

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION – NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY YES! TEEN INTERNSHIP

The Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of Natural History Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) Internship offers a career immersion and science communication program for youth ages 14 – 19 who are enrolled in high school (grades 9 – 12) in the Metro DC area.  The YES! Program, which runs from June-November gives interns practical experience through a hands-on science internship.  Participants also learn how to effectively engage public audiences and will 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.  Interns completing the program receive a stipend of $2,500.  Visit https://naturalhistory.si.edu/education/youth-programs/yes-teen-internship-program to learn more about the program and to apply,  Completed applications are due 31 January 2020.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ASSP FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation invites children and spouses in a post-secondary education program who have U.S. citizenship and have lost a parent or spouse in a workplace incident (other than military) to apply for awards ranging from $500 - $15,000.  The application requires a short essay (300 - 500 words) discussing how the incident affected you and how the scholarship would help you.  Completed applications must include: incident background and documentation, a transcript, one to three recommendations, and proof of college acceptance.  More application details are available in Naviance Student or at https://foundation.assp.org/family-scholarship-fund.  Applicants must register to see all details and to apply.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation offers college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation to date has granted more than $6.7 million in scholarships to 406 children. Scholarship awards vary. Applicant must enroll online at www.fallenpatriots.org (“Enroll” button located at top of webpage). Typical documents needed to enroll include: Casualty Report (DD1300), class schedule, information on your VA benefits, transcript with GPA, and documentation of expenses. For more details visit Naviance Student or https://www.fallenpatriots.org/scholarships-and-grantsApplications are accepted on a rolling basis.

HERB BLOCK SCHOLARSHI

The Herb Block Foundation offers multiple need-based scholarships to metro DC students with financial need who have not yet earned more than 40 credits towards a degree and wish to continue their studies at one of the participating community colleges (NVCC, Montgomery College, PGCC, CCDC) in the fall of 2020. The scholarship is a “last dollar” award that considers all other financial aid awards the student receives, providing up to $8,000 per year, not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship, which is renewable for up to five years or the maximum value. The award can be used for tuition, books and supplies, limited transportation, and child care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens/nationals, permanent resident aliens, have been granted DACA status by US Customs & Immigration Service, or qualify for in-state tuition under the Maryland Dream Act.  Applicants must have high academic performance or have shown improvement during their academic career, provide recommendations, a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) or copies of tax returns, and an essay about personality, personal stories and goals.  For more details, visit Naviance Student or https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships .  Don’t delay, this is a two-part application. The application deadline for fall 2020 is 7 July 2020.

PATRICK HENRY MADDREN SCHOLARSHIP

Patrick Henry Maddren will award $1,000 to a Senior or college student who writes a compelling essay about the student loan debt crisis.  A completed application must include graduation and college attendance plans, GPA, a personal bio (≤ 270 characters), and an essay (700-800 words) discussing your best solution for resolution of the student loan debt crisis. For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://patrickhenrymaddrenscholarship.com/Applications must be received by 1 August 2020.

STEPHEN BUFTON MEMORIAL EDUCATIONAL FUND

The American Business Women’s Association awards a scholarship of $2,500 to a Senior woman who is a U.S. citizen intending to study teaching.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, U.S. citizenship, and plan to study teaching full-time as a college freshman working towards a baccalaureate degree in August 2020.  A completed application must include an online information form, an official transcript, 3 recommendations, and a short biography including career objectives, educational goals, and community activities.  Only the first 200 applications will be considered (37 remaining – early application is recommended.) Further information is available on Naviance Student or at http://www.sbmef.org/Scholarship/IndexApplications are accepted until 200 applications have been received (very few spots remain) or 15 May 2020, whichever is earlier.

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.

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.

WORKSHOPS

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