WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

24 January 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
January 24, 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.

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

COLLEGE 101

Wednesday, 5 February, 7:00 pm, Auditorium (Snow date 11 Feb) - College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.  Sophomore families and Junior families who did not attend last year are encouraged to attend.  Both students and parents will benefit.

SUMMER PLANNING

High school students are encouraged to do something constructive with their summer.  If you haven’t already discovered something wonderful for the coming summer, now is the time to start thinking about it.  Your summer activities can help you learn, grow, and decide if you like doing that kind of activity.  You can volunteer for an organization that needs help (costs you nothing); you can apply for a special program or internship (some are shared in the College and Career Center Newsletter); you can get a job and earn money; or you can find a summer camp or program offered by a private group or even by a college.  Do something!!

DON’T FORGET

BOYS’ & GIRLS’ STATE APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

The Virginia American Legion and Virginia American Legion Auxiliary each sponsor a week-long opportunity for Juniors to learn first-hand how their local and state government works: Boys’ State and Girls’ State.  Both opportunities will be held 21-27 June 2020.  This program requires an application which can be obtained in Student Services.  To learn more about the programs, visit https://www.vaboysstate.org/ to learn about Boys’ State, and visit https://www.vagirlsstate.org/ to learn about Girls’ State.  Completed applications are due in Student Services 6 February.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Counselors are beginning to work 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.

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.

USA GAP YEAR FAIR

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.)

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

NEW COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

2020 VETERINARY MEDICAL CAREER FAIR AND INFORMATION SESSIONS

8 March 1:30 – 5:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 – The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges sponsors this annual recruiting event free to any high school and undergraduate student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession.  For questions and to register, contact @email.

NEW VOLUNTEER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

SECRET SERVICE STUDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE PROGRAM

The U.S. Secret Service Volunteer Service Program is designed to provide students ages 16 and older who are U.S. citizens with an understanding of the nature and structure of the U.S. Secret Service.  The program provides unpaid, academic-related work assignments that allow students to explore career options while developing personal and professional skills. Participants must be currently enrolled in school and are expected to volunteer a minimum of 12 hours per week for at least one semester, two quarters or summer session.  Openings are posted at https://www.usajobs.gov/ in February and July.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

WATER MINE FAMILY SWIMMIN’ HOLE OPEN HIRE EVENTS

1 February, 10 am - 4 pm; 8 February 10 am - 4 pm; 22 February, 10 am - 4 pm; 14 March 10 am-4 pm; Saturday, 21 March 10 am-4pm, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston – The Water Mine is a family waterpark in Reston and is part of Fairfax County Government.  The Water Mine hires over 200 staff members for the summer season and hires applicants as young as 15 years old.  They are hiring Lifeguards, Cashiers, and Park Attendants.  Lifeguards and Cashiers start at $10.40 per hour.  Park Attendants start at $9.40 per hour.  No prior experience is needed and training is provided at no cost for most positions and at a nominal cost to become a lifeguard.  During the open hire events, applicants can learn about available jobs and interview for their desired position.  They may also complete required paperwork if they are offered a position and have the necessary documents.  Documents required for paperwork include a valid photo ID and social security card.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ESPERANZA EDUCATION FUND

The Esperanza Education Fund awards scholarships of $1,250-$5,000 renewable for up to three years (up to $5,000-$20,000 total) plus mentorship and networking opportunities to Seniors who are immigrants or  who have two immigrant parents in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and who are planning to enroll full-time at accredited community colleges or public colleges or universities. Applicants are eligible regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status; however, family income must not exceed $100,000 in 2019.  Two information sessions will be held in February/March (see website for details).  A completed application must include extracurricular activities/jobs/awards, two recommendations (at least one from a teacher), and essays.  Applicants must register to get completely accurate application information.  Finalists must submit an official high school transcript and copies of score reports by May 2020.  NOTE: The provided 2017 reference sample requests two essays (up to 500 words each): (1) describe your experience as an immigrant or a child of immigrants or how you exhibit one or more qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. (2) Choose one of four: (2A) What are your career goals and why? How do you intend to achieve these goals? (2B) What have you done that you are most proud of and why?  (2C) Describe a typical day in your life. (2D) If you could solve one issue in the world, the country, or your community, what would it be and how would you contribute to solving it?   Further information is available in Naviance Student or http://www.esperanzafund.org/. Applications are due 1 April.

HISPANIC LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP

The Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA) FCPS, Inc. sponsors 16 awards of $1,000 for Hispanic FCPS Seniors who will be first-generation college students.  Applicants must be immigrants or born to immigrant parents and be the first one in their families to attempt a post high school education.  A completed application must include personal information, college plans, a transcript, ACT/SAT scores, current schedule, a resume of interests/hobbies/activities/leadership, two recommendations (teacher and community leader or counselor), and a personal statement addressing one of five topics: (1) a meaningful experience and how it changed you, (2) where you are from and how that has shaped your educational experience, (3) an obstacle you may have overcome and how you did it, (4) a significant work experience, or (5) education and career goals and how you decided on those goals.  For further information please visit Naviance Student.  Applications are due 6 March.

PHI BETA KAPPA HIGH SCHOOL AWARD

Phi Beta Kappa academic honors association awards $1,000 to three Seniors living in the D.C. area who display sustained interest in the liberal arts and sciences, love of learning, and civic responsibility. Applicants must have a 3.5 or better unweighted GPA.  A completed application must include high school information, a transcript, GPA, optional test scores, up to ten extracurricular activities and roles, up to ten community involvement items such as jobs/internships/community service/tutoring/student government/advocacy/family responsibilities, and an essay (250-500 words): “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Please describe the impact that learning – especially in the liberal arts and sciences – has had on your life thus far, and how you anticipate a college education furthering your goals. Further information is available in Naviance Student and at https://dcpbk.org/programs/high-school-scholarships/.  Completed applications are due 5 April.

PRINCETON PRIZE IN RACE RELATIONS

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes students in grades 9-12 who are helping improve race relations with awards of $1,000 plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Princeton for the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race 23-25 April 2020.   The award recognizes volunteer activity within the past 12 months through which the individual has had significant impact on race relations in his or her school or community. The application has two parts: Part 1 is submitted by the applicant, and Part 2 by the sponsor/recommender, who can be a teacher, counselor, mentor, religious leader, or other community member who knows the work best. Part 1 includes personal information, descriptions of the volunteer effort, multiple short-answer questions, and 3 essays (≤ 300 words each): (1) Please tell us how this activity advanced racial equity and/or promoted respect or understanding within your school or community. (2) Why did you get involved in activities designed to advance racial equity and promote racial understanding? What were you trying to change in your school or community? (3) Have you faced any challenges or barriers in the work you have described in this application?  How have you tried to overcome them? OR What have you found most challenging about this work?  Submission of additional information, including videos, photos, or links/URLs is permitted but not required (and encouraged only if it adds significantly to the understanding of the work and impact).  For further information please visit https://pprize.princeton.edu. Applications are due 31 January.

SOROPTIMIST VIOLET RICHARDSON AWARD PROGRAM

Soroptimist International Fairfax County sponsors a $500 award for women ages 14-18 who volunteer in their communities.  Applicants must have a 2.0 or better GPA. The award recognizes significant and noteworthy accomplishments, including initiative in identifying a problem and trying to solve it. Completed applications include personal information, volunteer organization information including contact person, an informal resume of extracurricular activities, and an essay of up to 750 words: Tell us where you volunteer and why.  Describe the goals of the organization and its impact on the problem(s) it addresses.  What is your role in the organization?  What have you accomplished as a volunteer?  Optional supporting materials may include newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and an application.  Applications are due 1 March.

THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF FAIRFAX SCHOLARSHIP

The Woman’s Club of Fairfax offers a scholarship of at least $2,000 to a female Senior graduating from Fairfax, Robinson, or Woodson High School who is accepted to or waiting for acceptance from an accredited 2- or 4- year college/university in Virginia.  Applicants will be assessed on scholastic achievement, extracurricular participation, community service, and financial need.  Completed applications must include: an official transcript, a recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and applicant responses to four prompts (1) What are your future academic and vocational goals?  (2) Describe your financial need or reason for seeking this scholarship.  (3) Tell us about your extra-curricular and community activities. Why did you choose these activities?  (4) What are your goals/aspirations for the next decade and how will the values you have gained impact your future?  Visit Naviance Student for the application.  Applications are due 17 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.