WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

6 September 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 06, 2019

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

WELCOME BACK!

This is the first edition of the 2019-2020 College and Career Center Weekly Newsletter.  It promises to be packed with lots of great information that will be useful to you.  Please read it weekly so you can be in the know!

CREDIT EXAMS FOR WORLD LANGUAGES

World Language Credit Exams will be administered 6, 7, and 8 November.  Students capable of writing a well-developed essay in one of the 30 languages listed may take the exam, and, if they pass, will receive two world language credits toward their advanced diploma.  The exams will be administered at three locations:

  • Wednesday, 6 November at 4:00 pm at Centreville High School (6001 Union Mill Rd, Clifton) in the Cafeteria;
  • Thursday, 7 November at Edison High School (5801 Franconia Rd., Alexandria) in the Cafeteria;
  • Friday, 8 November at Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) in the Cafeteria. 
Students should see their school counselor to register for the credit exam.  Registration will open at 8:00 am on 9 September and close at 4:00 pm on 10 October.  Late registration will not be accepted.  For more information, visit the FCPS Credit Exam website at https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.  

FREE HOMECOMING DRESSES

Do you know anyone that might need one?  Shoes, necklaces, earrings, and clutches are also available.  Visit Mrs. Tomer’s office, A139, Monday, Wednesday, or Friday 9 am – 2 pm to see what is available.

SENIOR PARENT NIGHT

Wednesday, 11 September, 7 pm, W.T. Woodson Auditorium – Get all the information needed to support your senior in the post-secondary search and application process.  Although this presentation is focused on Seniors and their parents, all are welcome.

SENIOR PLANNING PACKET

All Seniors need to complete their Senior Planning Packet.  It should be turned into your counselor soon after school starts.  There are sections for basic facts, student personal input, and even a section for parent input.  Help your counselor provide the best possible recommendation for a college application or a job application by completing and submitting the packet in a timely manner.  You can find the Senior Planning Packet in Naviance Student.  (Enter Blackboard, click Naviance, scroll to the bottom of the opening page to enter Document Resources, enter Senior Documents, open/view Senior Planning Packet.)

MOVING ON TO LIFE IN THE COMMMUNITY: A RESOURCE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

15 October, 6:30 - 8:45 pm, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Little Theater and Cafeteria, 9200 Burke Lake Rd Burke, VA 22015This FREE Resource Fair is for students with disabilities and their parents.  Learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options. This resource fair is for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.  Registration begins at 6:30 pm followed by a presentation in the theater at 6:45 pm and a resource fair in the cafeteria at 7:15 pm.  To register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

TRANSCRIPT RELEASE FORM AVAILABLE

There is a fillable transcript release form available in Naviance Student’s Document Resources and on the Student Services Google site.  To enter information directly into the form, download it onto your computer and quit the browser.  Open the form and complete it on your computer.

LUNCH-N-LEARN: SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP

18 & 19 September, All LunchesBring a bag lunch and learn about getting scholarships.  Arrive directly when lunch begins so we can cover all the information.

VIRGINIA COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATES: A Cool Tool

The Virginia Public Access Project has compiled data on the percentage of applicants from each Virginia locality accepted at four-year public colleges and universities in 2017 and 2018.  The information can be accessed at www.vpap.org/visuals/visual/college-acceptance-rates/.  Filters can be used to view the acceptance rates for the six most selective schools in Virginia.

COLLEGE REP VISITS

CHECK OUT THE College and Career Center Rep Visits Calendar at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar  These are student-only events.  Students need a preliminary pass to attend which can be obtained in the Career Center by 3:00 pm the day before the visit and in Naviance Student 24 hours before the visit.  The teacher of the class that will be missed must sign the document to turn it into a real pass.

LOCAL INFO SESSIONS

UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG RECEPTION

Tuesday, 24 September, 7 – 8:30 pm, Vienna, VA.  Learn more about what the University of Lynchburg has to offer.  Register, and get all of the details at https://admissions.lynchburg.edu/portal/University_Receptions?id=bb5f8dbc-8b8e-4a1a-aaec-af3270f092bc.

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

JOB FAIR AT DULLES TOWN CENTER

7 September, 2 – 4 pm, Dulles Town Center, 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA 20166 – Meet hiring managers from Dulles Town Center’s stores and restaurants and learn about their open positions. Full-time, Part-time and Seasonal (holiday) opportunities are available.  Dress professionally and please bring a copy of your resume.  For more information, visit https://shopdullestowncenter.com/event/296/job-fair-at-dulles-town-center.

15TH ANNUAL NORTHERN VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION CAREER FAIR FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

3 October, 9 am – 1 pm, Prince William County Fairgrounds – This career fair showcases the benefits of careers in transportation to inspire students to consider transportation-related fields while they make their future career goals and plans.  Engineering firms, organizations, agencies and contractors from across Virginia participate in this event.  Additionally, colleges such as Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College and Lord Fairfax Community College will be available to talk about their engineering and transportation-related programs.  For questions, contact Ms. Niambi Jarvis at 888.412.6297.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/novacareerfair/.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

VIRGINIA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM (VSGC) PROGRAMS The following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities are available for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12.  Applications are due NLT 10 November.

  • 10TH GRADE Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and culminating with possible selection to a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/.
  • 11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/.
  • 11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) –Online, interactive earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students featuring NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS.

HAVE-A-LOOK PROGRAM, 6 - 8 October, Haverford College, Haverford, PA – Haverford’s Have-A-Look program is designed for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education.  It offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the academic and social opportunities at Haverford College.  Participants interact with professors, visit classes, learn about diversity and inclusion on campus, hear current Haverfordians' perspectives, and immerse themselves in the Haverford experience.  Haverford can provide need-based travel scholarships. If you need financial assistance to attend Have-A-Look, please indicate this on your application.  Interested high school Seniors (U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply.  For questions, contact Kane Willis, Assistant Director of Admission & Access and Diversity Initiatives, at @email.  The final deadline for applications is 15 September.

HOOS FIRST LOOK

25 - 27 October, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Hoos First Look will be an annual three-day, two-night fly-in/gas-reimbursement and academic enrichment program for high achieving, low-income/first-generation students in the fall running from Friday to Sunday.  Everything, including meals, transportation, housing, activity materials, and miscellaneous items will be provided to 20 rising Juniors in high school.  The all-expense paid program is designed to assist socioeconomically disadvantaged students in making them more competitive applicants in the admissions process through workshops and personalized admissions help including providing resources on the college application process and financial aid and scholarships.  For more information and to apply, visit https://hoosfirstlook.weebly.com/.  The deadline is 8 September with notification in mid-September.

SYRACUSE U: THE IT GIRLS OVERNIGHT RETREAT

6 - 7 OctoberRising Juniors and Seniors interested in technology, business, data, information security, web design and/or coding are invited.  Experience hands-on workshops that mirror the iSchool curriculum paired with real-world industries as well as team-building activities.  There is a $25 registration fee which covers the student’s hotel room for 6 October and food during the event.  Parents are on their own, but can attend the dinner for $20.  Get all the information at https://itgirls.ischool.syr.eduApplications are due 22 September.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND MULTICULTURAL OVERNIGHT VISIT EXPERIENCE (MOVE), 19 - 20 October – Seniors who self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population or are interested in issues of diversity and inclusion with a 3.6 or better GPA and test scores of 28 (ACT) 1280 (SAT) OR may wish to attend MOVE.  If so, please complete the interest form found at https://connect.richmond.edu/register/MOVE-2019-interest-form.

NEW WORKSHOPS

FROM CHAOS TO CALM: 10 WAYS TO STOP POWER STRUGGLES

3 October 10 am - Noon or 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA – Join Celebrate Calm founder, Kirk Martin, for a presentation filled with practical, concrete strategies to restore calm in your home.  Perfect for parents of children ages 2-22.  Learn tips for getting your kids to listen the first time, stopping defiance and disrespect, and creating stress-free environments.  To register, visit  https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

KNOWING THE SIGNS: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND TODAY’S YOUTH

18 October, 10 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA – Local substance abuse expert, Sam Lucania, with support from FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness, will share some of his life experiences and lessons learned.  Learn how to improve your ability to handle the unexpected influences in your child’s life and the signs and strategies to support and help your child.  Learn about the right steps to take toward recovery.  To register visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

MASTERING THE PROCESS OF SCHOOL: HELPING STUDENTS BUILD STUDY AND ORGANIZATION SKILLS

11 October, 10 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring, VA – Executive Functioning (EF) skills, such as time-management, materials organization, planning, and prioritization, and initiating and completing work, are critical for student success in school and in life. Students with executive function challenges can have difficulty fully demonstrating their knowledge and strengths.  This workshop will assist parents in learning about Executive Functioning and developing strategies to help their child develop stronger Executive Functioning skills.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS: PARENT COFFEE & CONFERENCE

2 October 10 am - Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring, VAJoin FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn about postsecondary concerns for students contemplating college.  Highlights will include Disclosure, Accessing Accommodations, Disability Support Services, and Differences Between High School and CollegeTo register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

January - May 2020, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DCThe education division of the National Gallery of Art recruits local high school student volunteers for the spring term (January through May).  Volunteering takes place after school.  Student volunteers assist behind the scenes with clerical and administrative tasks that support the department’s education programs.  Typical activities include preparing materials for art projects, photocopying, collating, and program cleanup.  Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors with a mature, positive attitude and a strong work ethic.  The schedule will vary weekly based on the number of projects to be completed.  The time commitment can range from four to eight hours per week, with a minimum of 20 hours completed per term. Service hours will be documented and may be submitted for school-based community service credits. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The application deadline for the spring term is 1 December.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.nga.gov/opportunities/volunteer-opportunities/teen-volunteers.html.

INTERNSHIP/APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (SEAP)

The SEAP, which is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.  The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel, participation in research, and making them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.  SEAP is providing competitive research internships to 250 high school students this year.  Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 28 DoN laboratories, one of which is in Washington, DC.  Stipends are provided:  $3,300 for new students and $3,800 for returning students.  To be eligible, applicants must be: a US citizen; a rising 10th through 12th grader or graduating senior are eligible to apply; and 16 years old (some 15 year olds may apply at some labs).  To apply, visit http://seap.asee.org/apply.  For questions, contact the Program Help Desk at 202.649.3833 or email at @email.  Completed applications for next summer are due by 6 pm on 2 November.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ASTAR EXPLORER OPENINGS

Astar Explorer is seeking STEM-passionate students to serve as part-time STEM instructors or teacher assistants to help kids learn more about 21st century skills for their new STEM learning Center in Fair Oaks Mall.  Classes are interactive and workshops will focus on coding, 3D printing, robotics, engineering, and other science-based learning as well as an after-school program, summer camps, birthday parties, and special events.  Applicants should have some experience working with kids and be comfortable with parents too.  They will benefit from either a background in STEM or familiarity with STEM concepts, must be able to work off-site if needed, have a strong sense of responsibility, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.  Applicants must be able to work 10 – 19 hours/week evenings and/or weekends.  Salary will be between $10 and $15/hour plus store discounts.  Send your resume to Anna Polanco at @email to be considered.

PAPA JOHN’S - FAIRFAX/GMU, 9929 Main Street, Fairfax, 703.352.0700 – Papa John’s Fairfax/GMU is looking for hard workers to join their team.  They offer flexible schedules, paid training, and employee discounts.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old.  For more information, call or stop by the store and speak with the Store Manager, Art.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALLIED VAN LINES SCHOLARSHIP

Allied Van Lines awards three $1,000 scholarships to Seniors or college students interested in logistics/supply chain management or related majors.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have a 2.5 or better GPA, and be enrolled or plan to be enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university with federal- or state- recognized accreditation to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Logistics or a related field.  A completed application includes a transcript, verification of enrollment, and a 400 - 800 word essay detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice.  They want to know why you truly believe in Logistics as the best career path for you!  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://www.allied.com/scholarshipCompleted applications must be submitted by 15 December.

APPILOQUE SCHOLARSHIP

Appiloque is a digital marketing agency based in Singapore that 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.

CLEANUP EXPERT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Cleanup Expert awards two scholarships, $2,900 and $1,500, to Seniors or college students who either write creative essays or produce film videos on one of ten cleaning-related topics.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship, a 3.0 or better GPA, and college acceptance or enrollment.  A completed application must include personal and university enrollment information and either an essay (900-1,500 words) or a video (10-15 minutes) on one of ten topics (visit the website for prompts). Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://cleanup.expert/scholarship-programApplications are due 20 January 2020.

COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

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-curricular activities, volunteer experience, and employment.  The first application 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 with the number of hours worked/week; and family income.  This tiered application requires more information as the applicant progresses.  A sample first-round application is available at https://connect.coca-colascholars.org/file/Coca-Cola-Scholars-Program-Sample-Application.pdf. NOTE: Applicants must register to discover everything.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or www.Cokeurl.com/Apply2019.  Completed applications are due online by 5 pm on 31 October.

ELEGANT TOUCH CATERING SCHOLARSHIP

Elegant Touch Catering of Perth, Australia, awards $1,000 to a Senior or college student who writes a creative essay on catering.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, good academic standing, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (Word format only, 1200+ words) discussing: How to Cater for a Memorable Wedding.  Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://eleganttouch.com.au/elegant-touch-catering-scholarship/Applications are due 31 December.

GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Gates scholarship is a highly selective last-dollar scholarship for exceptional Pell-eligible minority high school Seniors.  300 student leaders each year will receive funding for the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, etc.) that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution as determined by the FAFSA or the methodology used by a student’s college or university.  Applicants must plan to enroll full-time in a four-year degree program at a US accredited not-for-profit private or public college or university.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen/ national/ permanent resident, have a 3.3 or better GPA; a minority (African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native (tribal enrollment required), Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American); and Pell-eligibility (complicated, but generally expected family contribution of $5,576 or below, use FAFSA estimate). An ideal candidate will have: an outstanding academic record in high school (top 10% of graduating class), demonstrated leadership ability (community service, extracurricular, or other activities), and exceptional personal success skills (emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.). Application is online and requires registration to access; a previous year’s sample application (from when the scholarship had a different name and website) can be viewed at https://scholarships.gmsp.org/Program/ViewDocument/a4d1c0dd-08ab-4643-b9a8-a1be51c04bf0/GMS.  This is a multi-round application; you are not expected to have your FAFSA numbers or Pell eligibility status for the fall round. Applications and further details can be found in Naviance Student or at https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship.   Completed applications must be submitted by 15 September.

GOLDEN DOOR SCHOLARSHIP

Golden Door is a program to ensure DACA qualified graduating Seniors or transfer students have the opportunity to attend college; students are encouraged to attend one of 18 partner schools, but it is not required.  Up to 50 scholarships will be awarded for up to the full costs less $1,000 annually for each year of undergraduate study. Scholars also receive mentorships and assistance with internships.  Strong preference will be given to applicants who plan to concentrate their studies in career-ready degrees.  Eligibility requirements include strong academics and DACA eligibility. A completed application includes personal information, academic information, official or unofficial transcript, SAT or ACT scores or dates planned, class rank and class size, if available, leadership and extracurricular information, an essay (400-500 words recommended, up to 1,000 words accepted): You can use one written from one of your college applications or use one of the prompts from The Common App, and a video of two minutes or less introducing yourself.  Further details can be found in Naviance Student or at https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/future-scholarsCompleted applications must be submitted by 16 September; however, they will be considered on a rolling basis so apply early.

HELIX COFFEE SCHOLARSHIP

Helix Coffee awards $1,000 to a Senior or college student who writes a creative essay on coffee-related gifts.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, good academic standing, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (Word format only, 1200+ words) discussing Best Gift Ideas For Coffee Lovers.  Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://www.helixcoffee.com/pages/helix-coffee-scholarshipApplications are due 31 December.

THE HERB BLOCK SCHOLARSHIP

The Herb Block Foundation offers scholarships up to $8,000 (~100) to metro DC students to study at at a local community college (NVCC, Montgomery College, PGCC, CCDC) beginning the spring semester of 2020.  Applicants must have financial need and less than 40 credits towards a degree. The scholarship is a “last dollar” award that will consider all other financial aid awards the student receives, providing up to $8,000 per year, not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship, which is renewable for up to five years or the maximum value. The award can be used for tuition, books and supplies, limited transportation, and even child care. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen/national, permanent resident alien, DACA, or qualified for in-state tuition under the Maryland Dream Act; residence in Washington, D.C., Montgomery or Prince George’s Counties (MD), Arlington or Fairfax Counties (VA), or the cities of Alexandria or Falls Church.  The Herb Block Scholarship seeks to recognize both students who are high achievers (‘A’ and ‘B’ students), and students who may have started at a ‘C’ level but have shown improvement during their academic career, GED holders and adult learners.  A completed application must include recommendations, a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or copies of tax returns, and an essay about personality, personal stories and goals.  For more details, visit Naviance Student or www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships.  Don’t delay, this is a two-part application that will take time.  Completed applications are due 10 November.

HISPANIC HERITAGE YOUTH AWARDS

Hispanic Heritage Foundation honors Latino Seniors with one-time awards of $1,000-$3,500 to fund college education or a community service effort that tackles a social issue. Gold, silver, and bronze recipients are selected in each of these categories: business/entrepreneurship, community service, education, healthcare/science, media/entertainment, and technology/engineering. Applicants must be of Hispanic/Latino descent, U.S. citizen/permanent resident or DACA qualified, have an unweighted 3.0 or better GPA, enroll in an accredited institution of higher education in fall 2020, and be willing to travel at own cost to the mandatory awards ceremony in your region (Washington, D.C.). A completed application includes transcript and letter of recommendation, and 5 short essays (250-word maximum each): 1. What influenced your interest in the Youth Awards category you selected? Elaborate if you have participated in any programs, classes, activities or projects that relate to this possible career track.  2. Have you been active in your community? Share a meaningful experience you had while giving back. Provide details on what it was, how it made you feel, and the impact it had on those you served. 3. Share an instance where you were challenged as a leader. What were some of the values and characteristics that you demonstrated? What lessons did you learn in your leadership capacity?  4. Community service requires dedication and time.  What inspires you to give back? What impact has it had on your high school experience, and how would you explain the importance of community service to a younger self?  5. Part of the Youth Awards mission is to promote cultural pride.  Give us your assessment of our Hispanic/Latino community today. Offer examples on how we can continue empowering this generation to work together to demonstrate our value as Americans. The Youth Awards program leads to the Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) mentorship program through the transitions from high school to college, graduate school and careers.  Further details can be found in Naviance Student or at www.hispanicheritage.org/programs/youth-awards.   Completed applications must be submitted by 15 October.

HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL & STATE SCHOLARSHIP

The Horatio Alger Association awards scholarships of $10,000-$25,000 to U.S. citizen Seniors with financial need ($55,000 maximum family AGI) who have overcome significant adversity. Eligibility requirements include a 2.0 or better GPA, U.S. citizenship, full-time enrollment as a high school Senior who will graduate in summer 2020 and enter college in fall 2020. Criteria include integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, critical financial need, co-curricular and community service activities, and strong commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited U.S. non-profit public or private institution of higher learning.  Applicants may start at a 2-year college and then transfer to a 4-year college. A completed application includes personal information, academic information, transcript uploaded online, first page of parents’ 2018 tax return or tax transcript (both parents’, for divorced or separated parents), an online letter of support completed by an adult over 21 not related to the applicant and familiar with the adversities mentioned in the application, an online certification by the counselor, and essays.  Winners must attend the National Scholars Conference in Washington, DC to receive the award.  Application requires registration to view.  Further details can be found in Naviance Student or at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/applicants/. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 pm on 25 October.

INSTA-HOSTEL SCHOLARSHIP

Insta-Hostel awards $500 to a Senior or college student who writes a creative essay on websites.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, good academic standing, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (Word format only, 1200+ words) discussing Best Website Builders for 2019.  Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or http://insta-hostel.com/scholarship.  Applications are due 31 December.

NATURAL REGAIN SCHOLARSHIP

Natural Regain awards $1,000 to a Senior or college student who writes a creative essay on hair loss.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, good academic standing, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (Word format only, 1200+ words) on Does Stress Cause Hair Loss? Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or http://naturalregain.com/pages/natural-regain-scholarship.  Applications are due 31 December.

NESA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

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.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/academic/Completed applications are due 31 October.

NESA MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

The National Eagle Scout Association awards scholarships of $2,000 (1), $2,500 (4), $4,000 (1), or $5,000 (40+) 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 https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/merit/Completed applications are due 31 October.

NESA STEM SCHOLARSHIP

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.  The award will be based on academics, community service, character, and Scouting participation.  For more information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://nesa.org/for-eagle-scouts/scholarships/academic/Completed applications are due 31 October.

PHONEBOT SCHOLARSHIP

PhoneBot, a refurbisher based in Australia, awards $1,000 to a Senior or college student who writes a creative essay on 5G health risks.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, good academic standing, and parent/guardian permission for applicants under 18.  A completed application must include personal and university information and an essay (Word format only, 1200+ words) discussing: Does 5G pose health risks?  Note for Seniors: since the application requires knowing your destination college by the application deadline, this scholarship is for early-round accepted students.  More details can be found at Naviance Student or https://www.phonebot.com.au/scholarshipsApplications are due 31 December.

QUESTBRIDGE NATIONAL COLLEGE MATCH SCHOLARSHIP

QuestBridge matches low-income Seniors with outstanding academics to one of 40 universities to receive four-year full tuition, room, and board scholarships worth over $200,000.  Applicants must have a family income under $65,000. Last year, 1,044 finalists were matched (admitted early with a Match scholarship).  An additional 2,500 finalists were admitted through QuestBridge Regular Decision. All Match scholarship packages have NO parental contribution and NO student loans, but may contain a student contribution in the form of Federal work-study, summer work, or student savings. The National College Match application gives you extra space to tell your unique story as a student who has excelled academically despite financial hardship.  A completed application includes personal information, academic information, extracurricular information, financial background, two recommendations from core academic teachers, a school report from your high school counselor, a school profile, a high school transcript and any other transcripts (unofficial is fine), any standardized test score (SAT or ACT recommended), two essays, and several short answers.  Finalists must submit additional materials to the colleges. Further details can be found in Naviance Student or at https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match/how-to-applyCompleted applications must be submitted by 26 September.

U.S. SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

The Virginia DOE will select two students to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.  Each delegate will receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC from 7-14 March 2020.  Applicants will be tested on the U.S. Government, Constitution, history, public affairs, and current events.  The top six candidates will be interviewed for final consideration.  WTW may nominate two for consideration.  A WTW applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Virginia, be a Junior or Senior, and must hold a leadership position in one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations during the entire 2019-20 academic year: Student Body (president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer), Class Officer (president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer), Student Council representative, Honor Society officer (National or subject), elected or appointed by official organization to a civic service/educational organization approved by the state selection administrator (local, district, regional, or state level).  Applications can be found in Naviance Student and by clicking into this search page.  More information on the program can be found at https://ussenateyouth.org/Completed applications are due in the Career Center NLT Monday, 16 September.

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

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.