WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

6 March 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
March 06, 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.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FREE “PROM SHOP”

Do you need a prom dress or suit?  Dresses from Size 0 to Size 24 and a few suits/cummerbunds are available for FREE.  Stop by Mrs. Sussy Tomer’s office, A139 on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Prom date is Saturday, 9 May.

DON’T FORGET

JUNIOR & JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT

Wednesday, 11 March, 7:00 pm, WTW Auditorium – Both Juniors and their parents will want to attend this informative evening.  Learn about things to look for when choosing post-secondary education.  Get helpful hints for spring break college visits and discover what you need to know to make your post-secondary research and next steps easier and productive.

MILITARY NIGHT AT WEST SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL

Thursday, 12 March, 7:00 pm, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA – If you missed the WTW U.S. Service Academy and ROTC Night, you’ll want to attend West Springfield’s Military Night.  You can meet representatives from U.S. Service Academies, Senior Military Colleges, ROTC programs, Congressional Office Representatives, and Enlistment Recruiters.  All FCPS students and their families are welcome.  The event will be in the auditorium and sports lobby.  Please enter through door 5.  Registration is not required.

JOIN COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP

Applications for the FCPS College Partnership program are now available.  College Partnership is designed to help students who will be first generation college students, especially if they are part of an under-represented minority.  Learn how to better navigate college preparation and the college application process.  Applications can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/CPPapp2020.  Please visit Mr. Ford or Mr. Matthews in Student Services if you have questions.  Completed applications are due 18 March.

2020 FAIRFAX COUNTY TEEN JOB FAIR

Saturday, 7 March, 10 am – Noon, W.T. Woodson High School – There will be a Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshop at Woodson High School and other Fairfax County High Schools during March.  These job fairs focus on Fairfax County teens (approximately 16 to 18 years old) looking for full-time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, volunteer experiences, or wanting tips to build their resume.  Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students starting to build their resume.  During previous job fairs, a combined total of over 120 employers attended all events.  Consider all available Teen Job Fairs held on Saturdays at the following FCPS high schools:

  • 7 March, 10 am – Noon at W.T. Woodson High School
  • 7 March, 2-4 pm at South County High School
  • 14 March, 2-4 pm at Chantilly High School
  • 21 March, 10 am – Noon at Mount Vernon High School
  • 28 March, 10 am – Noon at West Springfield High School

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS

This final, free workshop will provide one-to-one assistance with FAFSA completion.  All Senior families are welcome.  Pre-registration at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org will help ensure enough supplies for everyone.  Questions may also be emailed to @email.

  • 7 April, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Mount Vernon High School

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMS

These programs have a small fee but are an excellent window into academy life.  Juniors who are considering an academy should consider applying to the appropriate summer program.

AIR FORCE INFORMATION SESSION

4 April, 9:30 am – Noon, 4490 Rossborough Ln, Reckord Armory, Room 0131, College Park, MD 20742 – Hear presentations and talk with representatives from Air Force ROTC, US Air Force Academy, Air National Guard, Active Duty, and Reserve Air Force.  Full-time, part-time, and college tracks will be discussed.  Register at https://af_info_session.eventbrite.com.

NEW COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

MEDICAL SCHOOL EXPO

25 March, 5:00-9:30 pm, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington DC – The 2020 Medical School Expo, hosted by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is a free event for Fairfax County Public School students and/or advisors interested in learning more about the medical profession and what it means to be a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).  The event’s keynote address will be delivered by America’s Family Doctor, Dr. Jen Caudle.  Following the keynote, both current medical students and physicians from a variety of specialties will participate in panels, and answer questions from the audience.  After the keynote and panels, a medical school fair with representatives from over 30 colleges of osteopathic medicine will be held.  Registration is free but required.  Register at https://choosedo.org/medical-school-expo/#Register.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELING (NACAC) COLLEGE FAIR

31 March, 6:30 – 8:30pm, Discovery Sports Center, Gaithersburg, MD – For more information, visit www.gotomyncf.com.  

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

FOUR STAR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

12-16 July, Oklahoma City, OK – Four Star Leadership with General Tommy Franks is a leadership program developed as a partnership between the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and Oklahoma Christian University. The program focuses on ethical leadership crafted on a strong foundation of character, common vision, communication and caring.  Participants will be challenged with practical leadership and ethical scenarios and then asked to address them individually in a persuasive speech and writing competition as well as collaboratively in an Ethics Bowl competition.  The program includes team-building exercises, spontaneous problem solving, and coaching in persuasive speaking and writing. Four Star Leadership is FREE for selected students including roundtrip transportation to and from the program.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.fourstarleader.com/The application deadline is 20 April.

GUIDED PATHWAY SUPPORT PROGRAM (GPS)

The Guided Pathway Support Program (GPS) helps African-American Juniors and Seniors navigate the path to top colleges by directing students to the most comprehensive and reliable resources available.  This FREE program, teaches students how to prepare for, apply to, pay for, thrive in, and graduate from college. GPS narrows the college access gap using telementoring through the GPS Workplace by Facebook community, direct interactions with admissions professionals, and exposure to successful peer role models.  GPS students are mentored and guided by Ron Brown Scholars and Captains.  As opposed to traditional mentoring programs, Ron Brown Scholars and Captains are similar in racial identity, age, income, and life experiences to meaningfully engage GPS students.  They have already successfully navigated college journeys from hardship into America’s top colleges and universities, graduate schools and corporations, and are eager to guide others.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.rbsgps.com/Applications are now open and accepted on a rolling basis.

HITES12 PROGRAM

7-12 July, Tickle College of Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN - HITES12 is a residential program for rising high school Seniors. The program provides students who show an interest in engineering studies early exposure to and preparation for scientific study and research.  Participants will learn about majors in UT engineering, tour engineering labs and facilities, attend college life preparation seminars, cultivate new friendships, attend engineering lectures, and participate in engineering lab experiments. Applicants must have a “B” average in both math and science and a ≥ 25 ACT math score or a ≥ 590 SAT math score to be eligible.  There is a non-refundable processing fee of $75.00 if selected to attend. There are no other costs to attend; however, a parent/guardian must provide round trip transportation and attend orientation and a closing awards ceremony. Students selected to participate in the HITES12 program will receive a full scholarship, which covers program fees, housing, all meals, and supplies. A completed application must include math/science reference forms, essay statement, a copy of their ACT or SAT test scores, and a copy of their current report card or transcript.  For more information and to apply, visit https://tickle.utk.edu/diversity/pre-college/hites12/hites12-faq/. The application deadline is 10 April.

OLAB (Opportunities to Learn about Business)

12-18 July, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN – OLAB is a one-week, hands-on introduction to business and the market economy for rising Seniors.  During the week, participants will learn from presentations by business professionals and Wabash College faculty, run a mock business, and compete against other teams that are selling a similar product. Participants will make business decisions like how many products to produce, how to market them, how much to sell them for, and how much to pay your employees. There are social activities every night, including movies, dances, and a talent show. During the day there is recreation time and all Wabash facilities are available for use.  This program is FREE, and the only cost is transportation to the program.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.wabash.edu/olab/The application deadline is 17 April.

QUESTBRIDGE COLLEGE PREP SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school Juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.  Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows Questbridge’s 42 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. College Prep Scholars will receive exclusive awards and opportunities to develop a strong college application. Awards for College Prep Scholars may include:

Juniors who apply to the College Prep Scholars Program will automatically have their application carry over for the National College Match their Senior year, giving them a head start on applying for a full 4-year scholarship to Questbridge college partners. The majority of College Prep Scholars are selected as Finalists for the National College Match.   Eligible applicants are academically outstanding high school Juniors from families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholarsThe application deadline is 24 March.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SMITHSONIAN YOUNG TEACHING ASSISTANTS (YTAs) NEEDED

The Smithsonian Associates hosts week-long summer day camps for students in grades K-9 on the National Mall from 22 June – 21 August.  Responsible and enthusiastic students who are 15 – 18 years old are eligible to become YTAs.  Students who are 14 years old or entering 9th grade can register for YTA Boot Camp which is a one-week intensive training camp that will give them preference with future YTA applications.  YTAs are needed to help campers and instructors with group games and activities, to supervise lunch, and to help with camper drop-off and pick-up.  For more information and to apply, visit https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/camp/yta/Applications are due 20 March.

NEW TRUE APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITY

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW)

The Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (JATC), Local 26 chapter of the IBEW is accepting applications for their apprenticeship programs.  The JATC offers 3-year and 5-year apprenticeship programs as well as a residential training program.  For more information on the Telecommunications Apprenticeship 3-year program including pay information, visit http://www.jatc26.org/telecomprogram.cfm.  For more information on the Inside Wireman “A” Apprenticeship 5-year training program, visit http://www.jatc26.org/wiremanprogram.cfm.  Information on the Residential Training Program is available at http://www.jatc26.org/residentialtraining.cfm.  Applications must be submitted online and require action steps prior to the deadline.  For more information including how to apply, visit http://www.jatc26.org/apply.cfmThe application deadline is 31 March.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

PRIMUS PHYSICAL THERAPY

3025 Hanmaker Ct., Suite 103, Fairfax, VA – Primus Physical Therapy is looking for a part-time administrative assistant who is a good problem solver, motivated, organized, responsible, punctual, and enjoys interacting with others.  The position requires no prior experience.  Some specific responsibilities include: preparing patients for physical therapy treatment by welcoming, comforting, and/or assisting patients into physical therapy apparel or apertures;  answering the phone and taking detailed messages;  suppling patients with appropriate medical documentation forms; scanning medical charts into Electronic Medical Record; providing information to patients by answering questions and requests; gathering used linens for washing, drying, folding and dispersing to treatment rooms; maintaining patient confidence by keeping information confidential; maintaining a safe and clean working environment; ensuring operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements, troubleshooting malfunctions, and calling for repairs; and maintaining physical therapy supplies.  If you are interested, contact Kayla Robison at @email.

NEW CONFERENCES/SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS

INTERVIEW SKILLS & RESUME BUILDING WORKSHOP

13 March, 6:00 pm, Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA – This event is organized by Fairfax County Region 4 Neighborhood and Community Services in preparation for the 2020 Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs.  This event is free for all Fairfax County high school students in search of professional development opportunities as they prepare for the workforce, trade school, or other higher education.  The workshop includes sessions on interview skills, resume tricks and tips, mock interviews, open discussion, and professional guidance.  Register at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs.

TEEN SUMMIT: RED TABLE TALKS

4 April, 9 am – 2 pm, Patrick Henry Elementary School, 4643 Taney Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304 – The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority welcomes all teens in the DMV to this teen summit.  Learn about important topics impacting teens in 2020 including college readiness, global citizenship, social media, mental health, mindful meditation, conflict resolution, and coping with everyday stressors.  Free continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, visit https://novac_teensummit2020_redtabletalks.evenbrite.com.  For questions, contact @email.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL ART *COMPETITION*

The Congressional Institute sponsors the Annual Congressional Art Competition and Representative Gerry Connolly participates in the competition.  All high school students in the 11th Congressional District are invited to submit a 2-dimensional artwork.  Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and entered in the original medium.  A completed entry must include student information, a signed release form, and a detailed description of the artwork.  All artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission.  All participants are invited to a reception 9 May from 3:30-5:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton for the announcement of the winners. Get all of the important information at https://connolly.house.gov/constituent-services/art-competition.htmEntries must be received by the close of business 24 April.

ARLINGTON CAPITAL MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIP

Arlington Capital Management offers $1,000 to a US-based Senior or college student who writes an effective essay on growth capital. A completed application must include personal information, college plans, GPA, and an essay (700-800 words) discussing Growth Capital and Future Trends.  Visit Naviance Student or http://www.arlingtoncapitalmanagementscholarship.com for more information.  Applications are due 1 October.

BRADLEY BEMAN SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship of $1,000 recognizes a Senior or college student who writes an effective essay on university mental health care. A completed application must include personal information, college plans, GPA, a personal bio (≤ 295 characters), and an essay (700-850 words) discussing: Describe the process through which a university can most efficiently deliver first class mental healthcare of the highest quality to its student body. Visit Naviance Student or http://bradleybemanscholarship.com for more information.  Applications must be received by 1 August.

DAUGHTERS OF THE CINCINNATI SCHOLARSHIP

The Daughters of the Cincinnati provide scholarships of $4,000 - $5,000 to Seniors who are daughters of career commissioned officers in the U.S. armed services.  Applicants will be assessed on a combination of merit and need.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a secondary school report, recommendation, transcript, ACT/SAT scores, a copy of parents’ most recent tax return, Student Aid Report (SAR), a photo (optional), and an essay answering one of three questions: (1) What would you want to accomplish even if no one else knew you had done it?  (2) If you could relive a moment of your life, what moment would it be?  (3) What distinguishes you from other young women who have grown up in a military family?  Visit Naviance Student or https://daughters1894.org/scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 March.

FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

Kryder Law Group, LLC sponsors a $1,000 scholarship for a Senior with a 3.0 or better GPA who will be a first-generation college student.  A completed application must include a signed terms and conditions including media release and an essay of 1,000 words discussing: What challenges do you anticipate as a first-generation college student in your family, and how do you foresee overcoming those challenges?  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.kryderlaw.com/first-generation-college-student-scholarship/ for more information.  Applications are due 15 June.

GAMMA PHI DELTA SORORITY SCHOLARSHIP

The Gamma Phi Delta Sorority sponsors a scholarship of $1,500 (and two book awards of $500 for NVCC students) for a DC metro area Senior or college student pursuing a certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree at an accredited 2-, 4-yr college, university, technical school, business/secretarial school, or other equivalent program.  Applicants must be a U.S citizen with a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, a transcript, copy of college acceptance letter, two recommendations (counselor and community/job reference), and an essay (150-300 words) discussing: What are your future goals and how will college help you achieve them. NOTE: Recipients are required to provide their Social Security Number.  Visit Naviance Student or http://www.gpdmuomicron.org for more information.  Applications are due 1 April.

JOSEPH JAMES MORELLI SCHOLARSHIP

The Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation sponsors scholarships of $500-$2,500 for a Senior or college student with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or dyscalculia who is pursuing a STEM degree at an accredited undergraduate or technical school.  A completed application must include a transcript; one recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other school personnel; and documentation of the learning challenge such as a 504, IEP, or letter from a teacher or counselor.  Applicants must register to discover all application details.  Visit Naviance Student or https://morelli.smapply.io for more information.  Applications are due 13 March.

MARC MITCHELL RAVENSCROFT SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship of $1,000 recognizes a Senior or college student who writes an effective essay on student loans. A completed application includes personal information, college plans, GPA, a personal bio (≤270 characters), and an essay (700-800 words) discussing: What is your best solution for resolution of the student loan debt crisis? Visit Naviance Student or http://marcravenscroftscholarship.com for more information.  Applications are due 1 August.

PRINT & GRAPHICS SCHOLARSHIP

The Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation sponsors several scholarships of $50 - $1,000 (some renewable for up to four years) for Seniors and college students entering the graphic communications and/or printing industry.  Winners also receive honorary membership in the Printing Industries of America while in school.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and plan to enter an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university.  A completed application must include a transcript, two recommendations biographical records including academic honors and extracurricular interests, and a PDF of your poster design.  Visit Naviance Student or https://pgsf.org for more information.  Application is due 10 April.

THE ASUS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The American States Utility Services, Inc. offers seven $2,500 renewable scholarships to Seniors, college students, or graduates who are dependent children of U.S. military members (active or honorably discharged).  Applicants must have been accepted into a full-time undergraduate program in environmental science, technology, environmental engineering, biology, chemistry, medical sciences, mathematical sciences, business management or acquisition and contract management at an accredited 2- or 4-year college or a vocational-technical school.  Applicants will be assessed on academics, leadership, extracurricular/community activities, a statement of goals and aspirations, and any unusual personal/family circumstances.  A completed application must include a transcript, a recommendation, and an essay.  Applicants must register to discover all application details.  Visit Naviance Student or https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/asus/ to discover all the details and to apply.  Completed applications are due by 3 pm on 16 March.

VFW AUXILIARY’S YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART *CONTEST*

The Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary offers this tiered art competition with prizes totaling $31,000.  Our local VFW Auxiliary will award three prizes of $150, $200, and $250.  Students in grades 9 – 12 who are either a U.S. citizen or U.S. national under the age of 18 are eligible to compete.  Submitted art needs to express patriotism, be two or three dimensional, and must have been completed during the current school year.  Digital art, photography, and jewelry will NOT be accepted.  A complete entry must include a typed explanation of the entry (≤ 250 words) attached to the back of the entry. The first-place winner in each state will compete for national awards.  For more information, visit https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contest/Entries need to be submitted to the Career Center by 30 March.

WORK ETHIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Mike Rowe Works Foundation sponsors scholarships for Seniors, graduates, or GED holders with financial need who are or plan to be enrolled in an approved trade-related program at an accredited 2-year college, vocational, or technical school in the United States.  Eligible fields include automotive or aviation tech, carpentry, commercial driving, construction, diesel tech, electrical, EMT, farming/agriculture, fire science and tech, heavy equipment, HVAC, machinery, manufacturing, marine tech, pipefitting, plumbing, and welding.  A completed application must include a transcript, two or more references from teachers or bosses/supervisors, a 60-second video, financial information including a 1040 tax form copy, a “Skills & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo” or “S.W.E.A.T.” pledge and answers to four short questions about the S.W.E.A.T Pledge, verification of the trade school program cost, and an essay (≤300 words) discussing: Why did you choose to apply for this scholarship?   Visit Naviance Student or https://www.mikeroweworks.org for more information.  Applications are due 31 March.

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.