WTW Career Center Newsletter

31 August 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
August 31, 2018
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.


WELCOME!!  Welcome to another year of learning, opportunities, and growth.  Read the College and Career Center Newsletter weekly to discover everything we have to share.


Wednesday, 12 September, 7 pm in the Auditorium – Parents of Seniors will discover what they need to know about the application process and scholarships.  **Even if you have had other children go to college, you’ll want to attend to learn about important changes both at WTW and beyond.


Naviance has revised Family Connection making it usable on mobile devices.  With the revisions comes a name change.  Family Connection is now called Naviance Student.  Parents and students can access this excellent college and career research tool through their Blackboard account.


The Junior / Senior Planning Handbook has been revised to include the Naviance Student changes.  It also has updated events.  Juniors are given a copy through their English class.  Everyone can find the document in the Naviance Student Document Resources at the bottom of the opening page.


The Common Application has announced their essay writing prompts for 2018 – 2019.  Visit https://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/2018-2019-common-application-essay-prompts to start crafting your essay.




Once again, many colleges are sending representatives to WTW to meet with interested students.  (Sorry, these are not for parents.  Parents can attend local information sessions.)  There are several ways to discover scheduled visits:

  1. in Naviance Student Click the Colleges dropdown Click Research Colleges Arrow, Click College Visits
  2. The Google calendar posted under the Career Center links found at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar
  3. Visits are also posted using paper on the wall in Café A. 

Rules to attend Rep Visits (be sure to read the cautions too):   Students must obtain a preliminary pass by 3 pm the day prior to the visit.  Sources of preliminary passes:

  1. The Career Center – happy to give students a preliminary pass.  Students ask the teacher of the class they will miss to sign making it a real pass.  CAUTION:  Parent volunteers are only here through lunch.  If Mrs. Ishii has a meeting after school, you may need your pass before 1:30 pm the day before the visit.  Don’t wait until the last minute!
  2. Naviance Student – Register to attend the visit, print the details of the visit, neatly print your name at the top of the page.  Then ask the teacher of the class they will miss to sign making it a real pass.  CAUTIONS: (1) Naviance is currently locking reservations 1.5 – 2 days prior to the visit.  This source requires action 2 days before a visit! (2) Attendees must be registered to use printed details for a pass.


Many colleges hold local information sessions for prospective students and their parents. Check with your colleges of interest to see if they are hosting an information session in the area.  Always check with the college before attending to be sure there is no change in date or location.  Known local information sessions are listed in Family Connection.  Known local information sessions are listed below:


Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Grinnell College, Haverford College, Kenyon College, Macalester, and Sarah Lawrence College.  

Saturday, 15 September, 2:00 pm      Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd      Bethesda, MD 20814

Register at:  https://8ofthebestcolleges.org/upcoming-programs/fall/.

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY   NOTE:  Carnegie Mellon University will visit students at WTW on Tuesday, 25 September.

Sunday, September 23 @ 7:30 pm      Bethesda Marriott      5151 Pooks Hill Road      Bethesda, MD  20814

Tuesday, September 25 @ 7:30 pm      Westin Crystal City      1800 Jefferson Davis Highway      Arlington, VA 22201

RSVP at www.saic.edu/admissions/ug/events/admissionsevents/



NOTE: Duke will visit students at WTW on Monday, 17 September.

Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm,      West Potomac High School/Springbank Auditorium,      6500 Quander Rd      Alexandria, VA 22307

Register at https://admiss.ugrad.duke.edu/portal/discover-duke


Thursday September 6 @ 7:00 pm      Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium      3950 Chesapeake St NW      Washington, DC 20016


Saturday, Sept. 8 @ 3:00 pm      Hilton Washington Dulles Airport      13869 Park Center Rd      Herndon, VA 20171 No RSVP required.



1) Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – is a free competitive online program for 10th grade students with a 2.7 or better GPA who are interested in science, engineering, and technology related to current NASA missions by NASA Wallops Flight Facility.  The program features online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experience featuring five modules.  Top performing students may be invited to attend a 7-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VAFor more information, visit http://vscs.spacegrant.org/.  For the application, visit http://vscs.spacegrant.org/apply-here.  The application closes 11 November

2) Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – is a free competitive program with an online NASA-developed course for Juniors and Seniors who are Virginia residents, U.S. citizens, have a 2.7 or better GPA, and have access to the internet.  Students learn about a broad range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.  Based on course performance, scholars may be selected to participate in an all-expense paid 7-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center.  Scholars can receive two college credits for successful completion of online coursework and two additional credits for the Summer Academy.  The course is offered free online from December to May and consists of 7 lessons and a final projectFor more information and to apply, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/.  The application closes 11 November. 

3) Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) - is a free competitive program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to engage in a NASA-developed course using an Environmental/Earth Science theme.  The online course is a transferable, three-credit, dual enrollment course, offered through Thomas Nelson Community College.  It teaches a broad range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics aligned with the Virginia SOLs. Based on course performance, students may be selected to participate in an all-expense paid 7-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research CenterFor more information and to apply, visit www.vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS or contact joyce.h.corriere@nasa.govThe application closes 11 November. 


28-29 October, George Washington University, Washington, DC – High school Seniors are invited to apply for this overnight program Participants will experience college life in a residence hall with a current GW student, engage in discussion around issues of race, identity, and social justice, learn strategies to strengthen their college application, tour GW's Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campuses, develop connections with current GW students, hear from a student success panel and learn about the support systems and resources available at GW, and connect with staff from the Multicultural Student Services Center to learn about programs and services.  For more information and to apply, visit https://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/yourgw.  The application deadline is 15 September.

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



Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax – The JCCNV Special Needs Program is looking for Volunteer Buddies to help in their Adapted Sports program this fall.  The program offers a variety of sports and recreational activities to individuals ages 5-18 with special needs.  This fall a 6-week session of TOPSoccer and 8-week session of Adapted Basketball will be offered.  The role of the Volunteer Buddy is, under the lead of the coach, to assist participants with follow through of skills/activity, socialization, engagement, and ultimately making sure all are having fun!  Consistency is key, so volunteers are asked to make the full season commitment.  Outdoor TOPSoccer at Sprague Center, will meet on Sundays from 4 – 5 pm, 16 September – 28 October (no practice 7 October).  Indoor Adapted Basketball at the J, will meet on Saturdays from 3-3:45 pm and 4-4:45 pm, 13 October – 8 December (no practice 24 November).  For more information, contact Aryn Cahen, Special Needs Coordinator, at Aryn.Cahen@jccnv.org or 703.537.3032.


Washington, DC – The education division of the National Gallery of Art recruits high school students to volunteer for the fall term (September through December) or the spring term (January through May).  Volunteering takes place after school.  Students must be Juniors or Seniors in high school.  Student volunteers will assist with clerical and administrative tasks that support the gallery’s education programs.  Typical activities include preparing materials for art projects, photocopying, collating, and program cleanup.  The time commitment is four to eight hours per week for a minimum of 30 hours per term.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.nga.gov/opportunities/volunteer-opportunities/teen-volunteers.html. The deadline to apply for the fall term is 8 September, and for the spring term is 1 December. 

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



Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax – The JCCNV’s Early Childhood Learning Center is looking for substitute teachers to work after school.  Substitute teachers can choose their own hours and may be asked to work in advance or the same day and will be paid $8 an hour or more (based on education and experience).  Applicants must be at least 16 years old, must be able to pass a background check, must have previous experience working with children (babysitting, etc).  Applicants do not need to be Jewish to apply.  To apply, e-mail your resume and availability to Ashley Hoy at Ashley.Hoy@JCCNV.org.


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax – The JCCNV’s BASE Program is looking for energetic and creative part-time staff ages 16 and older to work with school-age children in grades K-6.  Available hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 – 9:00 am and 3:30-6:00 pm.  Days and hours are flexible.  For an application, visit https://www.jccnv.org/clientuploads/BASE/17-18%20BASE%20Staff%20Application.pdf.  For more information, contact Tim Fuir at Tim.Fuir@jccnv.org or 703.537.3041.


Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax – JCCNV is looking for support staff ages 16 and older to work in social skills classes for children with High Functioning Autism, ADHD, and related disorders as well as in cooking classes for teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and in their inclusive before and after school program.  Support staff includes assisting the instructor with teaching appropriate social and cooking skills, helping participants stay on task, redirecting when needed, and helping participants to have a positive experience.  For more information and to apply, contact Arlene.Lechner@jccnv.org.

**Find a listing of Employment Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2156



Appiloque is a digital marketing agency based in Singapore.  Based on academics, Appiloque will award a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student with a 3.0 or better GPA.  Applicants must demonstrate an interest in Digital Marketing with an original essay (1,000 - 1,500 words) covering insights on digital marketing trends in Asia Pacific countries.  Proof of school enrollment and a transcript are required.  Further information is available at Naviance Student or https://appiloque.com/scholarship. Completed applications are due 1 December.


Appliance Repair 512 will award one $500 scholarship to the applicant who best describes the importance of technical trades today and in the future.  Requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA, proof of application to college, university, or technical institution, and an essay of at least 1,000 words detailing why it is important for today’s youth to learn a trade in addition to gaining an education.  More details are available at Naviance Student or https://www.appliancerepair512.com/scholarshipApply by 1 April 2019.


Automotive Stuff is offering a $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student.  Applicants must be enrolled in college during the 18 – 19 academic year and have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed application must include personal information, a transcript, and an essay (400 – 800 words) discussing The State of The American Car Industry.  Essays will be judged on style, storytelling ability, and writing skills.  CAUTION: Simple submission transfers ownership of your essay to the sponsor and gives them permission to use it in web, marketing, or promotional materials.  More details are available online at Naviance Student or https://www.automotivestuff.com/auto-parts/automotive-stuff-scholarshipThe application deadline is 31 December.


The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year.  This year, $20,000 scholarships will be awarded to 150 Seniors planning to pursue accredited post-secondary degrees.  Applicants must have legal status in the U.S.: citizenship, national, permanent resident, asylee, etc.  Applicants will be judged on academics, leadership, recommendations, extra-curriculars including activities, volunteer experience, and employment.  The first ap[plication tier requires transcript information; contact information for your counselor and principal; a list of activities and leadership positions, both school and community; honors and awards and the award level; a list of volunteer activities and the number of service hours plus volunteer awards and honors, a list of employment as well as the number of hours worked/week; and family income.  This tiered application requires more information as the applicant progresses.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/. Completed applications are due online by 5 pm October 31.


The Virginia Aviation Business Association offers $12,000 for flight school to an applicant with a passion for flying who plans a career as a pilot.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Virginia residents, be 16-20 years old, and have a 3.0 or better GPA in the last year of school.  Applicants must also obtain a FAA Third Class physical exam and receive the medical certificate.  Completed applications must include two recommendations (one from someone in the aviation industry is a plus), a list of activities (extra-curricular, volunteer, community, job experience), a proposed flight plan including a statement describing how the scholarship would be spent, to include flight training intent through a flight school and details of the training as well as commitment to obtain student pilot certificate with TSA background check.  An essay (300 and 500 words) explaining why he/she has a passion to learn to fly, or why he/she wishes to pursue a career in aviation.  Include any personal, compelling reasons why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.  Any Young Eagles should include when and where they took their Young Eagles Flight.  The winner is expected to complete a solo flight or achieve pilot certificate within one year of receiving the scholarship.  Details are available in Naviance Student or at https://www.thevaba.org/scholarship/.  Applications are due 15 October.


Dapper Goat Social Media will award one $500 scholarship to a Senior accepted at an accredited U.S. college or university based on a 1,000-word essay about how social media marketing will change over the next five years.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and earn a high school diploma or GED by the application deadline.  More details can be found online at Naviance Student or https://www.dappergoat.com/scholarshipEssays must be submitted by 10 pm on 15 June 2019.


The Hispanic Heritage Foundation offers numerous grants for education from $1,000 - $3,500 or for an idea or project with community impact to Latino Seniors with an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA who are graduating from high school in the Spring of 2019.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or qualify under DACA and plan first-time enrollment at an accredited higher education institution in 2019-20.  In addition to grants, awardees also receive mentorship through the LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program as they attend college and enter their careers.  Awards honor applicants who excel in the classroom and community for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.  Gold, silver, and bronze recipients are selected in each category.  NOTE: Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines, Caribbean).  Online Youth Awards application includes a recommendation request, a GPA verification form, and 5 short essays (250 words maximum each).  Winners must attend at a regional ceremony (Washington, D.C. is the closest one.)  Visit Naviance Student or www.hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards/ for details and more information.  Completed applications are due 15 October.


Awards of $6,000-$10,000 at the state level and $25,000 at the national level for Seniors entering an accredited college in fall 2019 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.  Applicants may begin at a community college.  Applicants must demonstrate critical financial need, with a $55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income.  Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, a 2.0 or better GPA, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, and demonstrate integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.  Completed applications must include a counselor certification form, a support statement from an adult over 21 addressing integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, and income information,  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://scholars.horatioalger.org/Completed applications are due NLT 5 pm on 25 October.


John Foy & Associates will award one $1,000 scholarship to a Senior or college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it.  Incoming freshmen at accredited institutions in the U.S. whose lives have been affected by leukemia are eligible.  The application asks if you are a U.S. citizen or otherwise authorized to work or attend school in the U.S.  Completed applications must include a transcript and a 500 - 1,000- word essay on one of three topics: (1) How has living with your or your loved one’s leukemia affected your education?  (2) What adjustments have you made as a student to accommodate your or a loved one’s leukemia?  (3) What one obstacle do people with leukemia face that you would like the general public to know about?  Include a paragraph on how this scholarship would benefit you.  The winner will be announced and featured on their web site.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.johnfoy.com/strong-arm-2019-leukemia-scholarship/. Completed applications are due 15 July 2019.


K9 Sport Sack will award one $500 scholarship to a Senior or college student planning a career in the veterinary medicine or animal shelter professions.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, be accepted into an accredited post-secondary school, and submit an original essay (1,000 words) about how animals help the human population.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://www.k9sportsack.com/pages/scholarshipThe application is due 8 July 2019.


The Ket Doan Association offers scholarships to students of Vietnamese descent in the metro DC area.  Three scholarships will be awarded, up to $3,000 total: one each based on leadership, community service, and academics.  Each award includes the opportunity to lead a community event.  Round 1 applications require a completed application and a 750-word essay discussing: Generation gap is defined as ‘differences of outlook or opinion between people of different generations’. This is a challenge in many communities around the United States, this includes the Vietnamese-American community. If you were tasked with an initiative to narrow this gap within our community, what would you do? how would you do it? and why?   Finalists will participate in Round 2 submitting a recommendation, a transcript, SAT/ACT scores, and engaging in an interview, on 29 October or 5 November.  For more details, visit Naviance Student or https://www.ketdoan.org/ket-doan-scholarship/. Preliminary round application deadline is 16 September.


The National Eagle Scout Association awards scholarships of $25,000 (4) and $48,000 (1) to Senior Eagle Scouts for study in a four-year degree program.  Applicants must have a a minimum 1290 SAT or 28 ACT score and be NESA members.  Awards will be based on academics, community service, character, and Scouting participation.  Visit http://www.nesa.org/site/c.9oIFJMPsGgIWF/b.9535031/k.8FA8/Scholarships.htm or Naviance Student for more information and to apply.  Applications are due 31 October.


The National Eagle Scout Association awards a scholarship of $50,000 to a Senior Eagle Scout to pursue a four-year degree in science, technology, engineering, or math.  Applicants must have a a minimum 1290 SAT or 28 ACT score and be NESA members.  Award will be based on academics, community service, character, and Scouting participation.  Visit http://www.nesa.org/site/c.9oIFJMPsGgIWF/b.9535031/k.8FA8/Scholarships.htm or Naviance Student for more information and to apply,  Completed applications are due 31 October.


The National Eagle Scout Association awards scholarships of $2,000-$5,000 to Senior Eagle Scouts for post-secondary education (except at U.S. service academies).  Awards will be based on academics, community service, character, and Scouting participation.  Applicants must be members of NESA.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or http://www.nesa.org/site/c.9oIFJMPsGgIWF/b.9535031/k.8FA8/Scholarships.htmCompleted applications are due 31 October.


The National Eagle Scout Association awards a merit scholarship of $2,500 to a Senior Eagle Scout to pursue academic studies in journalism.  Membership in NESA is required.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or http://www.nesa.org/site/c.9oIFJMPsGgIWF/b.9535031/k.8FA8/Scholarships.htmApplication deadline is 31 October.


The STAR Scholarship provides $2,500 for exceptional graduating high school Senior women for attendance at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. or Canada in the next academic year.  Successful applicants exhibit excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, and community service.  Applicants must have an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA and be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S. or Canada.  Applicants must be nominated by a P.E.O. chapter.  Interested women should complete a resume demonstrating desirable traits.  An interview is required to obtain a required nomination.  For more information on the STAR scholarship, visit https://www.peointernational.org/about-star.  Submit the completed form found in Naviance Student and email the completed form together with your resume to gsbotts@verizon.netCompleted form and resume must be received by 5 pm on 28 September. 


Parxavenue offers a $500 scholarship for a U.S. or Canadian citizen pursuing a career in website design, and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited university or college in North America.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include proof of citizenship, college acceptance, GPA, and an essay (1,200 - 1,500 words) centered on essential aspects of the website design industry.  Creativity, originality, and writing quality are expected.  Visit Naviance Student or https://parxavenue.ca/scholarship for more information and to apply.  Submissions must be received by 1 May 2019.


Questbridge is open to high school Seniors enrolling in a four-year university.  Awarded recipients will be matched to one of 39 Questbridge universities to cover full cost of tuition, room and board.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents attending high school in the U.S.  Students must meet the admission requirements of a partner college, be in the top 5 or 10% of their class (mostly A’s in most challenging courses), have a minimum SAT of 1310 or ACT of 28, and their family annual income (for a family of four) must be less than $65,000.  Successful applicants demonstrate strong personal character and sense of responsibility and are involved in extracurricular activities.  Read the application carefully!  Completed applications include two recommendations, a secondary school report and high school profile, a transcript(s), and standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, SAT Subject tests, IB).  Applicants will need access to tax returns to provide all requested information.  If selected as a finalist, applicants must apply to the colleges with which they wish matching.  For more details, visit www.questbridge.org or Naviance Student for more information. Final application deadline is 11:59 pm on 27 September. 


Stuart Hayes Leadership will award a $500 scholarship to an Australian citizen enrolled in or accepted to an accredited university.  Completed applications must include a transcript, proof of enrolment or university acceptance, and a 1,000-word essay that addresses one of two prompts: (1) discuss implications of findings in the book Lost Connections by Johann Hari or (2) describe a strategy or tactic that management could adopt to attempt to resolve the situation..  Visit Naviance Student or https://leadershipcoach.melbourne/scholarship/ for more information.  Application deadline is 1 May 2019.


The Simmrin Law Group sponsors one $1,500 scholarship for a Senior or college student who is a current or aspiring entrepreneur.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university in the U.S.  The application asks if you are a U.S. citizen or authorized to attend school in the U.S.  Completed applications must include the application, transcripts, and an essay (500 – 1,000 words) discussing one of three prompts: (1) How and when did you first realize that you are an entrepreneur at heart?  How did this first experience shape your plans and goals for the future – and how has your entrepreneurial dream grown since?  (2) What is one way in which you think the world would be a better place if more people were entrepreneurs?  How could our society better prepare young people to have the skills and passion to choose an entrepreneurial path in life?  (3) What was the biggest failure you ran into when first trying out entrepreneurial projects of your own?  How did that experience change the way you approach later projects?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.simmrinlawgroup.com/2019-entrepreneurial-scholarship/. Completed applications must be received by 15 June 2019.


The U.S. Senate Youth Program selects two outstanding student leaders interested in pursuing careers in public service from each state to experience national government in action from 2 – 9 March 2019.  The Hearst Foundation provides all transportation, hotel and meal expenses for this opportunity.  In addition, each delegate receives a $10,000 scholarship to pursue coursework in history and political science.  Applicants must be permanent residents or citizens of the U.S with parents who are legal residents of Virginia and are enrolled for the entire academic year in a public or independent high school located in the state where at least one of their parents or guardians currently resides.  In addition, applicants must be either Juniors or Seniors currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations.  Examples of positions are: student body president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, or student council representative, National Honor Society officer, student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to a district, regional, or state-level civic and/or educational organization.  Applicants must also demonstrate leadership ability, high scholastic standing, an ability to achieve, clear speech and logical thought processes, community involvement, and participation in extracurricular activities.  Interested students need to submit a resume and statement showing why they are a match for this program.  If chosen as our W.T. Woodson nominee, you will have to take a test showing your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and Government, including government officials.  Learn more about the program at https://ussenateyouth.org/.  Statement and resume are due in the Career Center NLT September 11.


The American College Foundation offers $1,000 (5) - $5,000 (1) awards to U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen high school students (grades 9 – 12) toward costs for the first year of post-secondary study at an accredited U.S. institution.  Applications require an unofficial transcript and a 500-word essay on Why College is Important to Me, and might require an interview.  Applications will be judged on the ability to follow guidelines (25%), grammar and punctuation (25%), and both originality and overall merit of the essay (50%).  CAUTION: Application packets (including essays) become the exclusive property of the American College Foundation, and one must register to discover all details.  More details are Naviance Student or https://americancollegefoundation.org/college-planning-visionary-scholarship-details/. Completed applications must be received by 1 May 2019.


VistaComm offers a $500 scholarship to a Senior who is best able to describe what it’s like to be growing up in the digital age.  Applicants must plan to attend a U.S.-based college, university, or technical institution after receiving a high school diploma or GED.  Applications require proof of acceptance or application to a technical institution, university, or college; a 3.0 or better GPA; and a creative, insightful essay (minimum of 1,500 words) sharing personal accounts and anecdotes of how the digital age has affected applicants’ lives and how their life would be different if they grew up in a different time.  Essays will be judged based on grammar, spelling, and full discussion of the topic.  Further details are available at Naviance Student or https://www.vistacomm.com/scholarship. Applications are due by 5 May 2019.


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsors the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest.  High school students in grades 9 – 12 can compete for awards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.  The first-place winner from each state also wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC. The 2018-19 theme is Why My Vote Matters.  Applicants must write an essay on the theme and record it to an audio CD or flash drive.  The recording must be between 3 and 5 minutes (plus or minus five seconds).  Submissions will be judged on originality (30 points), content (35 points), and delivery (35 points).  Winners grant rights to use submitted tapes, essays, and likenesses in promotion and execution of VFW programs and activities.  State winners must attend and compete in the National Finals (expenses paid) to keep their award.  Get all the details and an entry form at https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarshipsBoth the typed version and audio version of the essay must be submitted to our local VFW Post by 31 October.  

WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN AWARD – Wendy’s teams with the Heisman Memorial Trophy Committee to offer scholarships of $500 - $5,000 to Senior Athletes who participate in at least one of 47 Wendy’s High School Heisman recognized sports, have 3.0 or better GPA, and demonstrate volunteer service, community involvement, or leadership.  Scholarships are for study at any accredited college or university.  Awards are offered at school, state, and national levels.  Please visit Naviance Student or https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/ for more details.  Application must be submitted by 6 pm on 17 October; an unrelated school official must review and verify the application by 6 p.m., 19 October.



Discover a listing of previous entries still available for each important category below.

College & Career Fairs

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3687.

College Rep Visits Calendar



Employment Opportunities

Find a listing of Employment Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2156.

Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Naviance Student for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Click on the Colleges dropdown; Click Research Colleges; Click Enrichment Programs.

Internship 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.


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