WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

26 October 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
October 26, 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

ASVAB TESTING AT WTW

5 December.  Registration for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, the ASVAB, will begin on Thursday, 1 November.  Students in grades 10 - 12 are welcome to take this test for career research purposes with no strings attached.  Students interested in enlisting in the military will need to take this test.  Take the test easily and conveniently here at WTW.  Visit the Career Center for more information and a registration form.  

FINANCIAL AID FORMS GETTING YOU DOWN?

Visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3722 to discover financial aid information sessions, FAFSA completion clinics / assistance opportunities and general information that will benefit your financial aid process

PRIMEROS PASOS

17 November, 9:30 am – 4 pm, Virginia Commonwealth University, Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA  Primeros Pasos is a one-day program designed to provide Latino/a high school students and their families with an overview of the college experience and opportunities in higher education.  VCU students, parents, administrators, faculty, and alumni will be available throughout the day to share their experiences.  Activities include a bilingual financial aid workshop for parents, a panel discussion with students from VCU’s Latino community, conversations with admissions representatives, a campus tour, and lunch on campus.  RSVP online by 12 November at https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/visit-vcu/events/primeros-pasos/ or by contacting Elmer Campos at 804.828.1222 or camposeo@vcu.edu.

DON’T FORGET

FAIRFAX COUNTY YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Fairfax County Government and FCPS collaborate on The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program which prepares today’s high school Juniors to become tomorrow’s community leaders.  The Program offers: a three-week summer internship in a Fairfax County Government agency or office; an exciting opportunity to work with community leaders; leadership training and recognition; and, an opportunity to work with student leaders from every Fairfax County High School. Interns earn $1,000.  For more information including a brochure, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership.  Students may also get a brochure in the Career Center.  For questions, contact DMBYLP@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Applications can be found and submitted on line at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp.  Applications are due 6 November

NEW COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

CTE CAREER CONNECTIONS

15 November, 6 - 8 pm, Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center – 14715 Bristow Rd., Building 234, Manassas, VA 10th through 12th grade Career and Technical Education (CTE) students and their parents are invited to learn more about Youth Registered Apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships.  CTE Career Connections provides students with information about career related opportunities and potential employers.  For more information, contact Crystal Thrower at Crystal.Thrower@DOLI.Virginia.Gov or at 703.392.0900 ext 102.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

OPERATION UNDERSTANDING DC SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

Operation Understanding is an experiential learning leadership development program for Washington, DC area Black and Jewish high school Juniors.  Get a real understanding of their goals and activities and apply at http://oudc.org/apply.  Applications will include personal information, activity/work information, 6 short essay responses, two references (one from a teacher and one from a counselor, clergy, coach or mentor), and parent consent.  Everything is due by 19 November 2018.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

WILDCAT TREE PLANTING

11 November, 11 am – 3 pm, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Washington, DC – Randolph College and the National Park Service are working together to organize this community service opportunity for high school students in northern Virginia.  The group will meet at the Columbia Island Marina Parking lot at 11 am, but do not hesitate to join the group later.  The National Park Service will supply all the tools and equipment.  To get to the park, use the southbound lanes of George Washington Memorial Parkway, follow the sign to the Columbia Island Marina, and turn right to enter the parking lot.  For more information and to RSVP, visit http://wildcatplant.rsvpify.com.  For questions, you may email Jim Duffy from the Randolph College Admissions Office at jduffy@randolphcollege.edu or text him at 434.485.2172.

NEW WORKSHOPS

INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

2 November, 10:00 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1 – Room 100, 2334 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring, VA 22027 - This is an introductory workshop for parents new to special education.  The workshop will outline the special education process.  Topics covered will include: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019/.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALLEGRA FORD SCHOLARSHIP

The National Center for Learning Disabilities will award this $2,500 to a Senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled, for the fall of 2019, in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD.  (Students attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program or taking a gap year are not eligible.)  Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability, participate in school and community activities, articulate their challenges, recognize the need for self-advocacy, demonstrate perseverance and commitment to achieving personal goals, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications include: the application form, high school transcript, personal statement, standardized test scores, three recommendations, financial information, and disability documentation.  Registration is required to access full application.  Applicants must register to get all of the details.  For more information and details visit https://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/ or Naviance Student. Complete application packets are due 12 November.

ANNE FORD THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP

The National Center for Learning Disabilities will award $10,000 ($2,500 renewable for for four years) to a graduating Senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled, in the fall of 2019, in a full-time bachelor’s degree program.  (Note: Students taking a gap year are not eligible.)  Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizen, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, articulate their challenges, recognize the need for self-advocacy, be committed to completing a four-year college degree, have begun to set realistic career goals, participate in school and community activities, plan to contribute to society in ways that increase opportunities for individuals with learning and attention issues, excel as a role model and spokesperson for others who struggle with LD, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications will include current documentation of an identified learning disability and current financial information.  Applicants must also provide a completed form including: personal achievements and activities, personal statement, three recommendations, standardized test scores, a transcript, and a financial statement.  Registration is required to access full application.  Applicants must register to get all of the details.  For more information and details, visit https://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards/awards/ or Naviance Student. Complete application packets are due 12 November.

2019 DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ORATORICAL **CONTEST**

The Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. will host the Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest on Saturday, 19 January 2019.  This year’s theme is Achieving the Dream.  DMV area students in grades 9 - 12 are invited to submit a written speech (up to 1,000 words) for an 8 – 10 minute speech.  Finalists will be chosen from submissions to participate in the oratorical contest.  Cash prizes of $200, $300, and $500 will be awarded.  Details, expectations, and guidelines as well as the contestant information page required can be found in the Career Center.  The speech and signed information page are due 30 November.

RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM

The Ron Brown Scholar Program will award $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 per year) to community-minded and intellectually gifted African-American Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, will attend an accredited four-year U.S. college or university, and demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities, and demonstrate financial need.  A completed application must include: biographical information; extracurricular, community, employment or other activity information in the order of their importance, honors/awards, parents’ adjusted gross income, two recommendations (one from a counselor, principal, or teacher), ACT/SAT scores, school profile, and an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) with most current semester grades.  Applications will also include two essays no longer than 500 words each discussing (1) Choose one activity you listed as most important and tell us why it is significant and (2) Submit one essay that you plan to send or have sent as part of a college application. This may be on any topic. If your college application did not require an essay, please submit an essay on the topic of your choice.  All application materials must be mailed in one packet.  Finalists will be interviewed in March in Washington, D.C. and may be required to provide copies of income tax returns.  For details and more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ronbrown.org/Media/Default/MediaGalleries/ApplicationPDFs/2019RBSPScholarshipApplication.pdf. Submit by 1 November 2018 for early consideration and sharing information with other opportunities.  Final submission deadline is 9 January 2019. 

PLUM GOOSE SCHOLARSHIP

Plum Goose offers a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student planning studies in interior design or related fields who has a 3.0 or better GPA.  Applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay discussing how they would redesign their current living space, whether it’s a dorm, an apartment, or a home.  What types of furniture or décor items might you need and why would you choose them?  What colors would you use, and why?  The winner must include proof of high school diploma/GED and acceptance into an accredited college/university Send questions and applications to scholarship@plumgoose.com.  More details are available through Naviance Student or at https://www.plumgoose.com/scholarshipApplications are due 31 May 2019

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

LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS

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

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.