WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

7 February 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
February 07, 2020

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

COLLEGE 101 REVISITED

If you missed the College 101 presentation at W.T. Woodson, you can still attend.  It will be offered on:

  • 24 March , 7 pm at Fairfax High School
  • 25 March, 7 pm at Madison High School
  • 26 March, 6:30 pm at Hayfield Secondary

FAIRFAX FIRE ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE

12 February, 6:30 pm – Students and parents are invited to the Fairfax Fire Academy Open House to learn about the program and participation requirements.  Fairfax County Fire Academy is located at 4600 West Ox Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY & ROTC NIGHT

Tuesday, 25 February, 7 pm, WTW Auditorium - Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Armed Forces will want to attend.  Representatives from each U.S. Service Academy, ROTC branch training programs, and a Congressional Office will present core information on their program.  Representatives will be available after the opening presentation to provide individual information and materials.

DON’T FORGET

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 – These free workshops 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.

  • 12 February, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Herndon High School
  • 27 February, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Annandale High School
  • 7 April, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - Mount Vernon High School

SUPER TRANSITION SATURDAY

22 February (Snow Date 14 March), 9 am – 12:15 pm, Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042 – Parents and educators of students receiving special education services are invited to learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities.  Breakout sessions will cover in-school services as well as postsecondary support services, employment, and postsecondary education considerations.  Advance registration is REQUIRED.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/workshops-parents-educators-and-community.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMSThese 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.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

CAMP WOODS AND WILDLIFE

22-27 June, Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center, Appomattox, VA - The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) offers their Camp Woods & Wildlife (formerly Holiday Lake Forestry Camp) as another environmental opportunity for youth this summer. The six-day residential camp takes place at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center, where campers experience hands-on field-based learning about natural resources conservation and other environmental fields. Students interested in participating in this year's camp program must be nominated by any adult who knows them well and is not related to them. Eligible nominees are 13-16 years old, current Virginia residents, interested in natural resources and conservation, in good academic standing, and have not previously attended the program.  Following acceptance and registration fee payment of $85, all campers receive a scholarship that covers the cost of attending camp. VDOF is currently accepting 2020 nominations for attending Camp Woods & Wildlife.  For more information and the nomination form, visit http://www.dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/index.htm.  The deadline for submitting nomination forms is 10 April.

YOUTH CONSERVATION CAMP

12-18 July, Blacksburg, VA - The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors this week-long summer conservation camp in July for Virginia high school students on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia's natural resources from hands-on experience with conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Youth Conservation Camp is a selective program and interested students must send their application to their local Soil and Water Conservation District.  The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District receives applications, makes selections and offers a partial scholarship of $275 to two students who will attend Youth Conservation Camp. The total cost of the camp is $550 which includes meals, lodging, activities, and transportation during camp.  Students are responsible for obtaining their own means of transportation to and from Virginia Tech from their homes.  For more information and the application, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/youth-conservation-campThe application deadline is 22 April.

NEW INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

RICHARD LOUIE MEMORIAL INTERNSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery offer a paid internship for high school students.  Participants accomplish an independent project within a departmental area of interest and participate in many other museum activities.  Interns receive $1,500 upon completion of a 200-hour internship experience which must be completed within a calendar year.  Applicants must be 16 years old and enrolled in high school.  Preference is given to students who are fluent in an Asian language or have demonstrated serious interest in Asian art and culture.  For more information, visit https://asia.si.edu/research/fellowships-internships/richardlouie/.  Applications for the summer program are due 15 March.  (It is wise to apply earlier.)

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL INTERNSHIPS

Interns are needed for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival year-round although the bulk of the work is in the summer.  Interns support all aspects of the event production from public relations to technical crew.  Summer interns are expected to work through the ten days of the festival (last week of June and first week of July, including 4 July.)  Internships can be from six weeks to a full year, full- or part-time.  A completed application must include an essay, resume, transcript, and recommendations.  For more information and to apply, visit https://festival.si.edu/about-us/internships/smithsonian.  Completed applications are due 15 March.

OTHER SMITHSONIAN INTERNSHIPS

The Smithsonian office of fellowships and internships offers a number of opportunities.  To discover all of them, visit https://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/.  Deadlines will be rapidly approaching.

NEW INFORMATION OPPORTUNITY

HOSPITALITY/SPORTS CAREER EXPLORATION WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

Friday, 27 March, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, George Mason University, School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management – George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College are hosting a half day seminar to share a sampling of the jobs and careers available in hospitality, tourism, events, and sport industries.  Meet with industry professionals in the culinary arts, hotels/lodging, restaurant, sports, special events, and tourism management to learn firsthand what career opportunities are available and what skills are needed to become successful.  High school students will gain tremendous insight into the diversity of careers, meet with professionals who will share their stories, and provide a peek into “A Day in the Life.”  The day includes: 10:00 -11:30 am Welcome, Overview, and Review of College Pathways; 11:30 – 12:00 pm Lunch and Networking with Industry Professionals; 12:15 – 2:00 pm Breakout Sessions.  Visit https://df5417d8-0771-410e-ab9c-8b5bb86254c2.filesusr.com/ugd/8a33f2_de68aa593912431885ac4edf635f9eed.pdf to see the flyer and Register at https://gmucehd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_41LkqxQ9oSBvTkp.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA LKO CHAPTER ECF STEM SCHOLARSHIP

Alpha Kappa Alpha LKO Chapter will award $5,000 to a female, minority Senior who is a U.S. citizen planning full-time study in a STEM field.  Applicants must have a 3.75 or better GPA, Northern VA residence, and plan to major in Engineering, Information Technology, or a related scientific field starting in fall 2020 (no gap years).  A completed application must include an official transcript, two recommendations (at least one from a math, science, engineering or technology department chair), parent/guardian contact information, community service, STEM activities (science fairs, math competitions, research, etc.), and an essay of 300-350 words discussing how your studies in a STEM field will enable you to make significant contributions to the community and/or provide educational advancements in the future.  Further information is available through Naviance Student or at http://aka-lko.org/programs/grants/. Completed applications are due 23 February.

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA LKO CHAPTER ESTELLE GAYMON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Alpha Kappa Alpha LKO Chapter will award $5,000 to a Senior who is a U.S. citizen planning full-time college study in the fall of 2020.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, and Northern VA residence.  A completed application must include an official transcript, two recommendations (at least one from a counselor or teacher), parent/guardian contact information, community service, demonstrated leadership, and an essay of 200-250 words describing the impact your community involvement and/or future educational advancements will have on the betterment of society through one of the following areas:  Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Women’s Healthcare and Wellness, Building an Economic Legacy, The Arts, or Global Impact.  Visit Naviance Student or http://aka-lko.org/programs/grants/ for more information and an application.  Application deadline is 23 February. 

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA LKO CHAPTER HBCU SCHOLARSHIP

Alpha Kappa Alpha LKO Chapter will award $2,000 to a Senior who is a U.S. citizen planning full-time study at an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the fall of 2020.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and Northern VA residence.  A completed application must include an official transcript, two recommendations (at least one from a counselor or teacher), parent/guardian contact information, community service, demonstrated leadership, and an essay of 200-250 words describing the importance of HBCUs in providing access to quality educational opportunities and discuss how attending an HBCU will contribute to your future success. Further information is available through Naviance Student or at http://aka-lko.org/programs/grants/. Application deadline is 23 February.

AMERICAN ACNE FOUNDATION TEEN ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP

The American Acne Foundation is offering a one-time $1,000 award to Seniors or college students accepted to an accredited college for a full time undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S.  Applicants must have at a 3.0 or better GPA and write a short essay on Niche Skincare for your Niche Skin Needs.  For more information visit Naviance Student or https://www.acnefoundation.org/teen-essay-scholarship/.  Last day for essay submission is 15 August.

ARLINGTON-FAIRFAX CHAPTER IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA

The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc. of the Izaak Walton League of America will provide a scholarship of $5,000, renewable for three years for a total $20,000 to a Senior residing in specified Northern Virginia counties including Fairfax County who will study environmental sciences or a related field at a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, character, community achievements or activities, and a demonstrated ability to succeed in college.  A completed application must include a transcript, SAT scores, counselor form, recommendation(s), college plans, extra-curricular activities, awards/honors, short answers about desire to continue your education  and why… you need financial assistance and efforts… towards your college expenses, family and financial information, and an essay expressing your purposes, ambitions and values in life.  Applications must also include a letter stating the applicant’s intended course of study and why they intend to pursue this field.  The Visit Naviance Student or https://wp.arlingtonfairfax-iwla.org/iwla-scholarship/ for more information and an application.  Applications must be received by 1 April.

ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF MG JAMES URSANO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Army Emergency Relief Fund awards need-based scholarships to assist children (under 24 years) of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree.  Applicants must reapply each year and may receive assistance for up to four academic years.  Applicants must be registered in DEERS, a dependent child of Active Duty, or Retired Soldiers, or Soldiers who died while on active duty or while retired, or National Guard and Reserve Soldiers on Title 10 Orders for the full academic year.  Applicants must be planning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary school.  A completed application must include a transcript, Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA, most recent sponsor’s Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Federal Title 10 Orders (if applicable), DD214 (if applicable), casualty (if applicable).  Further information is available at https://www.aerhq.org/Apply-for-Scholarship/Dependent-Children. Application deadline is 1 April.

DEBBIE DOGRUL RESILIENCE SCHOLARSHIP

The DDA Love Foundation seeks to give a $3,000 one-time scholarship to a WTW student who has demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity and is on an upward trajectory, academically and personally.  Applicants should have a 2.5 or better GPA and plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university or a vocational technical school.  They are looking for applicants who represent the company core values of Dedication, Diligence, and Attentiveness (DDA), and apply those core values to her/his community, school, academics and/or friends/family.  A completed application must include a transcript, resume, and an essay (1-2 pages) discussing how these core values are reflected in her/his life, how she/he has overcome adversity, and how this scholarship will help your financial needs.  Completed applications are due in the Career Center 23 March.

FEDERAL WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION

The Federal Water Quality Association sponsors the National Capital Environmental Scholarship Program which awards three $2,000 scholarships to Seniors who are accepted to study applicable sciences or engineering that would prepare applicants for careers in environmental protection at a 4-year college/university. Applicants must attend high schools in the Metro DC area and surrounding counties.  A completed application must include a transcript, ACT/SAT scores, a reference (science teacher or environmentalist), extracurricular activities, a copy of their college acceptance letter, and essay (1 page) on one of three topics: (1) How your own actions have promoted environmental protection, (2) Why you would like to pursue a career in environmental protection or (3) How your choice of extracurricular activities will contribute to your career goals?  For more information and an application, visit Naviance Student or http://www.fwqa-dc.org/scholarships.phpCompleted applications must be received by 6 April.

GRANVILLE P. MEADE SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia Department of Education together with the Meade Fund Trust will award worthy and financially disadvantaged Virginia Seniors $2,000 scholarships which are renewable (for three additional years up to $8,000).  Applicants must be attending a Virginia high school and be Virginia residents who will attend a Virginia college or university.  Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and good character as determined by recommendations.  Completed applications must include activities, an official transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, three recommendations, basic family financial information, and an essay (≤ 550 words) discussing Why do you desire to attend college?.  Applications are available for download in Naviance Student.  Completed applications are due in the Career Center by Monday, 9 March.

HARRIS GOODALL SQUIRES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Harris Goodall Squires Memorial Scholarship Foundation provides a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to recognize an FCPS Senior enrolled or previously enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESOL) for at least one year during high school, and planning a college degree in education that will enable them to teach others for whom English is a second language.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, work/life experience, financial need, academic merit, involvement, attendance, and mentoring/leadership roles.  A completed application must include 1-3 recommendations (teacher, counselor, and optional), a transcript, test scores, activities/honors/clubs/service, test scores, other information (optional), and an essay: more about you… specific challenges you have faced, how you met those challenges, anything you do outside of school and/or how you plan to use this scholarship if selected. Further information is available through Naviance Student.  Application is due 1 April.

KOZY KERCHIEF AND KOZY KAP SCHOLARSHIP

The Educational and Charitable Foundation awards $5,000 to a Senior who has been impacted by cancer: applicant or a parent must have been diagnosed and treated for cancer in the past five years.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA, reside in the Metro DC area, demonstrate leadership ability in the school and community, and plan to study full-time at a college or university starting in fall 2020 (no gap years).  Application includes documentation of diagnosis/treatment, official transcript, two recommendations (at least one from a counselor or teacher), parent/guardian contact information, and an essay of 200-250 words describing how a cancer diagnosis has affected your life, values, and/or career goals. Further information is available through Naviance Student or at http://aka-lko.org/programs/grants/. Application deadline is 23 February.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA SCHOLARSHIP

The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Northern Virginia sponsors two $1,000 scholarships for Northern Virginia Black/African American Seniors who will attend an accredited four-year college in fall 2020.  Applicants must have a 3.2 or better GPA,  Completed applications must include the scholarship application form, an official transcript, two recommendations (teacher and counselor), and an essay (≤ 500 words) in which you: Describe a time when you had to step outside of your comfort zone to accomplish a task.  Winners must attend the Black Scholars Awards Program on Sunday 17 May at 3 pm at T.C. Williams High School.  Applications are available for download in Naviance Student.  Completed applications are due 1 April.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA B’NAI B’RITH SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Northern Virginia B’Nai B’rith Association offers a $1,000 scholarship for Seniors entering college or university in the Fall of 2020 who are of the Jewish faith and play on a high school varsity team in a competitive sport.  Applicants must demonstrate scholarship and community service.  A completed application must include a transcript, SAT scores, an athletic activity record, a short autobiography (~100 words) including activities and community service, the signature of coach or athletic director and a recommendation by a school official plus that official’s signature on the application. Scholarship winners may be asked to provide a photo and must attend the awards ceremony on 3 May.  Further information and the application can be found at Naviance Student.  Completed applications are due 20 April.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (NVSWCD) SCHOLARSHIP

The Educational Foundation of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation awards of four scholarships of $1,000 to Seniors or college students planning studies related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental.  The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) can nominate one candidate to submit to the state committee.  NVSWCD also offers a $1,000 Young Conservation Leaders Scholarship.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, Fairfax County residence or school, and demonstrated interest in conservation and the environment.  A completed application must include an official transcript, three recommendations extracurricular and leadership activities with an emphasis on environmental activities, college plans, volunteer/work experience, financial considerations, employment and volunteer work, and an essay (500-650 words) describing yourself and your involvement/interest in the environment.  Address what you feel is the most important environmental issue in your community and why.  How can you assist and promote leadership in the conservation of natural resources? Further information is available in Naviance Student or at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/college-scholarship-conservation-environment. Applications are due 11 March.

PELL-DANE SCHOLARSHIP

PEO Chapter AF will award the Pell-Dane Scholarship of $1,000 to recognize a female Senior Northern Virginia resident who will attend an accredited educational institution as an undergraduate in the 2020-2021 academic year.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, community involvement, character, school activities, and financial need.  A completed application must include a transcript, recommendation, work experience, an essay of 300-500 words summarizing your background, including hobbies, plans and aspirations, and other factors which have favorably or adversely influenced your life.  Include reasons for selecting the educational institutions you have chosen and reasons for applying for this scholarship. Winner must provide SSN. Further information is available through Naviance Student.  Application is due 1 April.

THE JOHN F. AND EMMA B. MCDONNELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The George Washington Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association is offering a, $1,000 scholarship (renewable up to four years) to Seniors planning to attend an accredited college, university, or community college who are in the top 25% of their class and are employees, spouses, sons, daughters or grandchildren of an actively employed George Washington’s Mount Vernon staff member who has had at least 12 months of consecutive service to Mount Vernon.  A completed application must include a list of extracurriculars, two recommendations, an official transcript, SAT or ACT scores, an essay (≤ 300 words) discussing any financial need and be available for an in-person interview.  Although a merit scholarship, priority will be given to those in greatest need of assistance.  More information and an application can be found at Naviance Student.  Deadline is April 24th.

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.