WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

30 November 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
November 30, 2018
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT MONTH

What are YOU doing to research careers?  As you consider your post-secondary education, consider your potential career.  It is possible to have a major that will support your career.  If you have career direction, you will want to find a post-secondary institution with a major supporting your career goals. 

INTERESTING ARTICLES:

DON’T FORGET

ON-SITE ADMISSIONS AT WTW – WTW Seniors still have time to register for a University of Mary Washington on-site admissions session.  Take advantage of learning immediately if you have been admitted or what you can do to be more admissible if you are not yet ready.

  • The University of Mary Washington (UMW) - Thursday, 13 December.  Interested students will need to:
    • Submit your transcript release form to Student Services, ASAP
    • Register with Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by 5 December
    • Print your ACT/SAT test scores with Mrs. Ishii by or before 5 December
    • Complete the Common Application for UMW by or before 6 December.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

ONLINE COURSE IN AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Wellesley College offers a FREE online course on the edX platform.  This could provide a study option for the May AP test.  Students can register for free and have instant access anytime to all online materials for self-study.  (Although the basic course is entirely free, there are classes with teachers to assist in the online culture course FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.  To access the free online culture course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/ap-italian-language-and-culture-2018-2019?utm_source=School+Counselors&utm_campaign=eef11958e0-AP+Italian+counselors+EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_02_CO&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7d8bcaa4e2-eef11958e0-231525865.  For questions, contact apitalian@wellesley.edu.

NEW INTERNSHIPS

SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

17 June – 16 August 2019, Alexandria, VA and Silver Spring, MD – This U.S. Army-sponsored program matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with high school students to create a direct mentor-student relationship.  Students are able to participate in real-world research alongside scientists and engineers.  Location is important because this is a day program with no residential facilities.  Although programs are available at several DoD laboratories around the country, the locations in Alexandria, VA and Silver Spring, MD are the closest to the DMV area.  Stipends are provided based on experience and education level, but room, board, and travel expenses are not covered.  Visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/seap/ for specific age and eligibility requirements for each location as well as additional dates.  Completed applications are due 28 February 2019

NEW WORKSHOPS

ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP FOR COLLEGE AND SCHOLARSHIPS]

15 December, 9 – 11 am, Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 South Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 Marianne Ragins provides this workshop on essay writing for college and scholarships at no cost.  Learn where to find scholarships, when and where to apply, the relationship between community service and scholarships, how to write a winning essay, and much more.  Receive essay writing tips.  Attendees will have the opportunity to win one of two scholarships.  For more information and to register visit https://scholarshipworkshop.com/alfredstreet/Register by 12 December.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

WINTER WONDERLAND HOLIDAY EVENT

1-2 December and 8-9 December, 10 am – 4 pm, Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA – Burke Lake Park is hosting this holiday event during the first two weekends in December.  The park needs volunteers to assist with the event.  Volunteer opportunities include assisting in arts and crafts; dressing in costume and greeting participants; assisting with s’mores and hot beverage hospitality stations; assisting at the train, carousel, wagon, and mini-golf stations; assisting with check-in; assisting with decorations; and more.  Visit  https://volunteer.fairfaxcounty.gov/recruiter/index.php?recruiterID=1380&class=OppDetails&oppGuid=%7bD01911F3-C059-4EBB-BBAF-8F01A7462AE5%7d&t=Burke-Lake-Winter-Wonderland-Holiday-Event to sign up.  For questions, contact Tosca Lanfranconi at Tosca.Lanfranconi@fairfaxcounty.gov or at 703.323.6600 ext 200.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

AFSCME FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees awards ten $2,000 renewable (up to $8,000) scholarships to graduating high school Seniors whose parent, legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member. Applicants must also be accepted to study full-time at an accredited four-year institution or a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution.  Completed applications must include high school activities/offices/honors, college applications/acceptances, proof of parent/guardian AFSCME membership, school evaluation form, official transcript, SAT or ACT scores, two recommendations, and an essay (up to 1,000 words) discussing: What AFSCME has meant to our family. Caution: Essays become the property of AFSCME.  Further information is available at Naviance Student or at https://www.afscme.org/members/scholarships/afscme-family-scholarship.   Completed applications are due 31 December.

DECA SCHOLARSHIPS

DECA members (grades 9-12 and college) are eligible to apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000-$2,000.  (Value of all scholarships together is over $300,000.)  Application includes personal data, AP/Honors/IB coursework, DECA involvement, SAT and/or ACT scores, and college attendance plansApplicants may apply to more than one of the corporate-sponsored scholarships.  Applicants who make the qualifying round will be required to submit up to three references and a transcript.  Further information is available at Naviance Student or at https://www.deca.org/high-school-programs/scholarships/. Application deadline is 18 January 2019.

MASONIC RANGE SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS

The Society for Range Management (SRM) Masonic-Range Science offers a scholarship of up to $5,000 per year (renewable) to Seniors and college students who will study range science or a related field.  Applicants must be sponsored by a member of an affiliated group (SRM, NACD, or SWCS – They will help find a sponsor.). Application includes personal data, leadership experience, community service activities, honors/awards, official high school transcript, certified SAT and/or ACT scores, two recommendations, and an essay (two thirds of a page maximum ~167 words,) on Why you are interested in a career in range science?  Include any experiences that have led you to choose a range science major. Continuing eligibility requires a minimum 2.5 GPA freshman year, and 3.0 GPA subsequent semesters.  Questions may be directed to vtrujillo@rangelands.org.  Further information is available at Naviance Student or at http://rangelands.org/students/masonic-scholarship/. Application deadline is 1 March 2019.

NEW VOICES FOR THE THEATER COMPETITION

New Voices for the Theater is a nationally acclaimed statewide high school playwriting competition for Virginia students in grades 9-12.  Submitted plays should run no longer than 20 pages or 25 minutes in length.  No musicals, screenplays, adaptations, or previously produced plays will be accepted.  Successful competitors will have an opportunity to work closely with professional theatre artists during a free two-week residency taking classes and revising their winning plays as well as taking trips to theatre productions, museums, and other activities.  The residency takes place in Richmond, VA from 29 June – 14 July 2019.  For more information, guidelines, writing tips, and application information, visit https://www.sparcrichmond.org/newvoices/.  Script submission deadline is 15 February 2019.

THE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST

The Society will award a $3,000 scholarship to a Virginia Senior who will attend a four-year college or university in Virginia in fall 2019, based on an essay contest.  The scholarship essay needs to be limited to 1,500 words discussing Article 11 of the United States Constitution: Why a republic and not a democracy?  Entries should be limited to 1,500 words.  Please visit the Career Center for complete entry instructions and the required application form.  Application deadline is 15 March 2019.

UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND (UNCF) STEM SCHOLARSHIP

High school Seniors of African American descent who will study in a STEM field are invited to apply for 100 scholarships of up to $20,000 ($2,500 for years 1 and 2, $5,000 for years 3 and 4, and $5,000 additional for students whose program of study requires a fifth year).  Winners also receive academic support and mentoring.  Applicants must be either U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents planning to enroll in an accredited U.S. college or university for the first time as a full-time degree-seeking student in fall 2019.  Applicants must also have unmet financial need, a 3.0 or better GPA as well as a 3.0 or better STEM GPA (including pre-calculus), and demonstrated interest in STEM including a rigorous high school curriculum.  Completed applications must include a recommendation from a STEM teacher or STEM program sponsor/mentor, demographic information, leadership, activities, honors, community service, employment, academic record, FAFSA, and four short essays: (1) Whenever you are faced with academic challenges in learning either a new concept or subject matter, what strategies do you use to learn the new material? (2) If you could imagine yourself 25 years into the future: What would you be doing and how is that connected or related to what you are learning now.  How will that benefit your community, society and the world? (3) Outside of the classroom, what of your extracurricular or co-curricular experiences led you to be passionate about science and technology? (4) If the STEM Scholars Program staff were to meet you, what key characteristics or attributes about you would you share in that meeting.  Tell us something you think we should know about you that has not been included in the application. Questions may be directed to stemscholars@uncf.org.  Further information is available at Naviance Student or at https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/1e6735b6-3cb8-44ee-bca7-ee106e1fd6ff. Application deadline is 3 March 2019.

VIRGINIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION (VIAAA) PAST PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA) awards one scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to Seniors from a Virginia High School League member school or Independent School in honor of all of the VIAAA Past Presidents.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, earned at least 4 Athletic Varsity letters, achieved leadership in school and community activities, plan to attend an institution of higher learning, have unmet financial need.  Applications must include ACT/SAT scores, a resume, three recommendations (one focused on athletic participation/achievements, one on leadership, and one on community service), and an essay NTE 200 words responding to the following prompt:  We feel that being involved in an interscholastic activity at the high school level is difficult and requires a lot of self-motivation and discipline.  Describe your philosophy on discipline and team attitude.  Application details can be found in Naviance Student.  Applications MUST be returned to Student Services no later than BEFORE SCHOOL on Monday, 10 December.

VIRGINIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION (VIAAA) CLAUDIA DODSON SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA) awards one scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to Seniors from a Virginia High School League member school or Independent School in honor of all of the VIAAA Past Presidents.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, earned at least 4 Athletic Varsity letters, achieved leadership in school and community activities, plan to attend an institution of higher learning, have unmet financial need.  Applications must include ACT/SAT scores, a resume, three recommendations (one focused on athletic participation/achievements, one on leadership, and one on community service), and TWO essays NTE 200 words responding to the following prompts:  (1) How will this scholarship benefit you and your family in achieving your higher educational goals?  (2) Looking back on your high school athletic participation, please describe a time where you had to overcome or manage adversity (in life or on your team?  Application details can be found in Naviance Student.  Applications MUST be returned to Student Services no later than BEFORE SCHOOL on Monday, 10 December.

VIRGINIA INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION (VIAAA) JOHN C. YOUNGBLOOD SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (VIAAA) awards four scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to Seniors from a Virginia High School League member school or Independent School in honor of John C. Youngblood.  Applicants must plan higher education, demonstrate above-average scholarship, and have unmet need.  They must also have earned four Athletic Varsity letters and participated in a varsity sport for two or more years including the Senior year.  The ideal candidate reflects the qualities of honesty, integrity, courage, and possess the capacity to lead.  Completed applications will include a listing of athletic participation/awards, leadership roles, service to the community, three recommendations, and two essays: (1)  How will this scholarship benefit you and your family in achieving your higher educational goals ?  (2) Looking back on your high school athletic participation, please describe a time where you had to overcome or manage adversity (in life or on your team?  Application details can be found in Naviance Student.  Applications MUST be returned to Student Services no later than BEFORE SCHOOL on Monday, 10 December.

VIRGINIA LIONS EYE INSTITUTE JOE LIPOMI MEMORIAL SCHOLASTIC GRANT

The Lions Club of District 24-L sponsor a variable-amount grant for blind or partially-sighted students, to enhance their potential to live independently.  Grants may be used for assistive devices, educational or training expenses, and other expenses supporting the recipients’ objectives.  Eligibility requirements include visual acuity not better than 20/70 (corrected, best eye) or binocular visual field of 30 degrees or less, documented by an Ophthalmologist or Optometrist.  Application includes two recommendations, legal residency, an essay explaining why the grant is needed and how the funds will be used… applicants “introduce themselves” and describe their interests and objectives for the future. First-time grant recipients are prioritized over those who have previously received grants. Caution: SSN requested of all applicants.  More information is available at http://www.valions.org/VLEI/Scholarships.html, and the application is available at http://www.valions.org/VLEI/ScholasticGrant%20ApplicationFillin.pdf.  (Questions may be addressed to woodywoodard@cox.net (subject: Scholastic Grant) or by phone at 703-314-0889.)  Mailed applications must be received by 5 December.

VOICE OF OUR NATIONAL TREASURE ORATORICAL SCHOLARSHIP

The NoVA Section of the National Council of Negro Women  is hosting their Third Annual Oratorical Scholarship Competition which provides scholarships of $500, $1,000, and $1,500.  Applicants must be African-American or African-descent high school Seniors attending a public or private high school in the Northern Virginia area and residing in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County, or Falls Church, with a 2.5 or better GPA who are planning to apply to an accredited institution of post-secondary education for the 2019-20 academic year.  Completed applications must include an official high school transcript, a recent, professional digital photo, school and community service activities, other activity involvement, leadership positions held, any honors/awards, a brief statement of educational and career goals, and an essay (500 – 525 words) discussing one of six listed human rights issues that affect youth during their journey to adulthood: (1) Economic Sustainability, (2) Equities Education, (3) Human Trafficking, (4) Bullying, (5) Being Resilient, (6) Policing the Police.   For all the details and an application, visit Naviance Student or https://www.novancnw.org/northern_virginia_nova_ncnw_section_scholarship.html for all the details and an application.  The Oratorical Scholarship Competition will be held 23 February at Wakefield High School in Arlington from 1 – 3 pm.  Applications are due by Saturday, 5 January 2019

THE WILLIAM J. FOREMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Administered by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The William J. Foreman Memorial Scholarship offers $2,000 to graduating high school Seniors from Fairfax County Public Schools, who demonstrate academic achievement and potential; an ability to overcome significant adversity; and a financial need.  Priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness, foster care, or a lack of substantial family support during their high school career.  Applicants must also demonstrate leadership or mentoring skills, a positive attendance record, positive attitude and school involvement.  Completed applications must include activities, GPA, the college you plan to attend, a transcript, attendance record, SAR from applicant’s FAFSA filing, two recommendation forms and letters (counselor and teacher), and an essay (~350 words) providing more information about you to include anything you do outside of school (i.e., work), specific challenges you have faced in high school, how you successfully met those challenges and how you plan to use the scholarship, if selected.  A media release is also included, but applicants may request not to be publicized.  Applications are available in Naviance Student.  Applications are due in the Career Center NLT 2 April 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

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

Discover financial aid information session, 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.