W.T. Woodson College and Career Center Newsletter

29 September 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 29, 2017

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor 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.

REMEMBER to check the compilation links found at the end of the blog.  Opportunities posted earlier will remain in the compilation until they have passed.



17 October, 7 pm, Cav Hall.  Know everything available to you!  Discover the amazing, free tools provided to our parents (and students) – tools that will help you stay on top of things and discover opportunities for your students.  These opportunities include everything from basic information you need, to internships, employment opportunities, colleges, training, scholarships, the ability to get emails sent by counselors and the Career Center, and much MUCH more.  Hope to see you there.


Monday, 2 October, 7:00 pm, Madison High School Auditorium.  If you missed the financial aid night at Woodson, the same program will be presented this Monday at Madison High School.  This information session can be useful whether you feel you can pay with ease or feel you need help.  A director of financial aid will share information about paying for college.  Learn about the FAFSA, what programs can help pay for college, what you can expect from government financial aid, and how they look at parent assets vs student assets.  Discover a way to compare financial aid offers.  Anyone interested in this information is welcome to attend.


ATTN Senior Families of college-bound students!! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens on 1 October.  We encourage everyone, even the folks who can write the check with a smile, to complete this form.  The FAFSA opens opportunities for grants, loans, some merit scholarships, the ability of a financial aid officer to help a student should an emergency arise, and work study.  BOTH the parent unit (one parent) and the student will first need to get an FSA ID which involves your social security number and an email account.  Know that all correspondence will be made to the student account when selecting FSA IDs.  You can visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to get your FSA ID (a very small link towards the top of the page) at any time; and starting 1 October, students and parents can complete the FAFSA.  Check the deadlines for each college that will receive an application.  You must file by the earliest deadline.  NOTE:  Check your college financial aid pages to see if they also require the CSS Profile which also opens on 1 October.


The FCPS Instructional Services Department is piloting a new program this year intended for young adults ages 17 - 24 seeking post-secondary opportunities.  Utilizing the quality programming of Adult and Community Education (ACE), fast-tracked courses in the areas of Business and Information Technology, Health and Medical Science, and Trade and Industry have been identified as excellent career starters.  For more information visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/33470.


The 42nd annual FCPS College Fair will be held on Sunday, 15 October at Fair Oaks Mall from 7:30-9:30 pm.  The following evening, Monday, 16 October, College Night will be held at Hayfield Secondary School from 7:00-9:00 pm.  These two events provide FCPS student and their families with an opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 300 colleges and universities.  College Night will also provide parents with workshops detailing information regarding college admissions, standardized testing, financial aid, and college life.  For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/31960.  Although not required, students are encouraged to register for the event(s).  Upon registration, each student will receive a unique bar code.  This bar code allows the student’s college of interest to electronically scan their information rather than filling out a form for each college. 


This guide to international college is now available at no charge.  There is no substitute for the time spent working with your counselor, but this guide may be helpful to students planning to apply to schools outside the U.S.  The guide features profiles and admission how-tos for eleven countries popular among US students, and other international study options for the globally-minded students in your class.  Visit https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/publications/international-admission/ to find this free guide.

SCHOOL BOARD STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – The Fairfax County School Board is now accepting applications from Sophomores and Juniors for its Student Leadership Development Program.  Students must be in good academic standing and interested in pursuing a future in law, government, or public policy.  Students chosen for the program will participate in various School Board events, work closely with School Board members, and gain valuable experience in leadership and policy making.  Students must submit the application to their principal before 16 October.  The principal will evaluate the application along with the student’s academic, extracurricular, and disciplinary record and send nominations to the School Board.  From these nominations, each of the twelve School Board members will select one student for the program.  For more information and the application, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/31703.



1, 2, and 8 November – Registration is now open for the credit exam for world languages.  Languages included are American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese/Mandarin, Farsi/Persian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit/Samskritam, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Pilipino, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  Registration closes on 11 October at 4 pm.  Late registrations will not be accepted.  See your school counselor if you wish to register.



This career fair provides an opportunity for students to investigate a career in the trades.  All Building Trades Apprenticeship Programs (15) will be represented so students can learn about every trade and make an educated decision about a career in the construction industry and choose a trade in which they will excel.  As this is a school day, interested students will need to work with their parents to have a pre-arranged absence and provide their own transportation.  Call 301.552.3505 for more information.

  • Monday, 13 November 2017
  • 9 am - 2 pm
  • Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Training Center 
  • 5000 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD


VISITS AT WTW – can be found in Family Connection and the calendar posted on the WTW homepage.  To see only WTW college rep visits, visit: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar

LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS – Many colleges arrange for a local information session at a location outside WTW.  For these sessions: 1) Known events will be posted in the Family Connection list of college visits.  2) You may be required to register with the college 3) You should check to ensure no change has been made to the visit before going.  The following local information session has been posted:

  • Pace University
  • Monday, 16 October 2017, 7 – 9 pm
  • Hyatt Centric Arlington
  • 1325 Wilson Boulevard
  • Arlington, VA  22209
  • Register at www.pace.edu/hometown



24 Jul – 5 Aug 2018, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. HSD is a FREE ten-day program at Princeton University in which 40 American students interact and forge friendships with 40 Japanese students.  Each American student is paired with a Japanese roommate.  The program is designed to expose students to both cultures through daily themes and cultural activities.  In addition, daily language classes are provided by native speakers.  Room, board, special activity costs, and a portion of transportation costs are covered by program scholarships.  Current high school Sophomores and Juniors may apply.  A completed application must include: background information, a list of extracurricular activities, essays, a student photo, a parent/guardian release form, and a teacher recommendation.  Applications are due 9 January 2018.  Candidates selected for interviews will be notified in late February, and interviews will be conducted in March.  Visit www.highschooldiplomats.com/america.php for more information and to apply.



Student volunteers are needed for the 42nd annual College Fair and College Night events to be held on Sunday, October 15 and Monday, October 16.  On Sunday, at Fair Oaks Mall, student volunteers are needed between 5:30 and 9:30 pm.  On Monday, at Hayfield Secondary School, student volunteers are needed from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Student assignments include: handing out programs, counting attendees as they enter the event, distributing water bottles, and helping with directions.  All volunteers will receive a t-shirt upon check-in and should wear shoes appropriate for walking and standing for up to three hours.

Students may volunteer for two or three hour shifts during one or both events.  Students may register to volunteer in two ways: (1) To receive service hour credit: log into Blackboard, click the Family Connection icon, look on the left-hand side of the welcome page, open x2VOL and search for “College Fair” or “College Night.”  If you don’t want service hour credit, you may use this Google Form.  Learn more about the College Fair at www.fcps.edu/event/2017-fcps-college-fair and College Night at https://www.fcps.edu/event/2017-fcps-college-night.



A Woodson neighbor is seeking a companion/care attendant for her 16-year-old daughter who has Down Syndrome.  Applicant must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.  Responsibilities include meeting the student at Woodson at the 2:50 pm dismissal, walking her home, and spending the afternoon with her.  Hours are from 2:50 - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday (when school is in session).  A typical afternoon would include a snack, homework/reading, exercise, and possibly a walk.  Applicant must like pets.  The applicant could also earn money by walking the student to Woodson in the mornings at 7:45 am.  Pay is $11.70/hour.  Paperwork and a background check is required (provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia).  For more information, contact Maureen Nemec at 571.205.3651.



11 October, 7 pm, in Eaton Theater of Knight Hall, Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, University Of Maryland, 7765 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD.  The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism will be hosting a conversation about what it’s like to cover the big story in sports.  The panel will be moderated by George Solomon and Kevin Blackistone and will feature Terry Taylor, former AP Sports Editor; Jerry Brewer, Washington Post; David Meeks, USA Today Sports Managing Editor; Lisa Wilson, The Undefeated Deputy Sports Editor; and Kyle Melnick, The Diamondback Sports Editor.  Free pizza will be served. 



The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking nominations of high school Seniors for the 2018 Presidential Scholars Program (General Category.)  Finalists in this program will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC and will receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.  WTW can nominate one male and one female Senior to enter the tiered selection process.  Interested students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, residents of Virginia, enrolled at WTW, demonstrate outstanding academics, may have overcome special challenges or hurdles, be involved and serve school and/or community, and demonstrate leadership and character.  The form interested Seniors need to complete can be found in the Scholarship list of Family Connection.  Return the completed form to the Career Center NLT 3 pm on Monday, 2 October 2017.


The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund will award one-time scholarships from $2,500-$20,000 to Seniors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census who will be the first in their family to attend college and demonstrate financial need.  Applicant must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States (citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible).  Applicants must be planning to enroll in a U.S. accredited college or university in the fall of 2018, have a 2.7 or better un-weighted GPA or have earned a GED, submit one recommendation, and have applied for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  More application information can be found in Family Connection or at www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html.  Applicants will need to create an account and be sure to read all the rules.  Applicant must register for an account.  A complete application packet is due online NLT 5:00 p.m. on 11 January.


The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award program is offering a $10,000 scholarship to a high school Senior from each Virginia congressional district.  W.T. Woodson is allowed to nominate one student.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens who demonstrate academic accomplishment, plan to pursue post-secondary education, and who embody excellence of character, leadership, and good citizenship coupled with public service and devotion to duty.  Completed pre-applications require an activities list, well-considered answers to several questions, and a transcript release form. If selected, your counselor’s recommendation will accompany your application.  Download pre-application materials by clicking “download” on the scholarship page in Family Connection.  Pre-applications MUST be submitted to the Career Center by 3 pm on 23 October.


The Jefferson Scholars Program is offering stipends to cover the full cost of attending the University of Virginia. The criteria for selection are excellence in leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and a school nomination. Be sure you are considered for nomination by submitting a pre-application. To qualify, you must be a high school Senior, have agreed NOT to apply under a binding early decision to any college or university, and must meet the requirements for admission to UVA. Leadership and personal essays are required. Interviews will be held Friday, 3 November. More information about the program is at www.jeffersonscholars.org.  Download pre-application materials by clicking “download” on the scholarship page in Family Connection.  All completed materials must be submitted to the Career Center no later than 3 pm Monday, 30 October.  NOTE: Although this is a highly competitive process and WTW can only make a single nomination, the work done for this application can prepare you well for other applications.


The National Debt Relief Scholarship program consists of five $1,000 scholarships for Seniors interested in STEM majors.  Graduating high school Seniors and college students with a GPA of 3.0 or above planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S. can apply.  Completed applications must include a cover letter and a unique solution to the following issue: Come up with a unique way to solve the $1+ trillion dollar student loan crisis.  Solutions can be submitted as a written essay, YouTube video, or an infographic.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/#applyforscholarshipAll application materials must be received by 31 January 2018.  


The Schoolhouse Connection Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program is offering at least ten $2,000 scholarships, travel and expenses for a national awards ceremony, and a mentorship/professional support program to students who have experienced homelessness, not reached their 20th birthday by 8 November 2017, and who are entering college for the first time including students with college credit through high school programs.  Applicants may be high school Seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients.  Undocumented students who meet these criteria are also eligible.  A completed application must include: a transcript, at least one letter of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal essay about the impact of homelessness on the life and education of the student (applicant) and their desire to attend college.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/scholarship-program/Applications are due 8 November


Discover a full listing that includes previous entries for each important category below.

College & Career Fairs

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-and-career-fairs.

Employment Opportunities

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

Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Family Connection for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Go to the “colleges” tab; scroll down to enrichment programs.

Internship / 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 (FREE or very affordable)

Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/special-opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/volunteering.


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