WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

7 June 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
June 07, 2019

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

Families in Fairfax County can help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing their homes and daily life with exchange students.  Each year, AFS welcomes more than 2,200 international students from more than 90 countries to the U.S., and they are seeking host families for high school exchange students coming in August and September.  These are outstanding young people selected in their home countries to study in U.S. high schools who are eager to experience what it’s like to live in America.  Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children.  Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers.  Families in the Fairfax area interested in hosting an international exchange student, reading incoming student bios, and more can contact Alexandra Klaff at @email or at 646.381.3307.

SENIOR PLANNING PACKET POSTED

All rising Seniors need to work on their Senior Planning Packet.  You will want to turn it 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 whether it is for a college application or a job application by completing and turning it in.  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.)

DON’T FORGET

FAFSA COMPLETION CLINIC, 18, 19, or 20 June, 10 am – 3 pm, ECMC (Virginia Career Works Office), 5529 Cherokee Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22312 – There is still time to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  Pell Grant money for the fall may still be available.  Meet with a trained counselor at one of these completion clinics to help you complete your FAFSA.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Be sure to bring the following items:

  • Social Security Number (Student and parents)
  • Date of birth (Student and parents)
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.) (Student and parents)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) (Student and parents)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable) (Student and parents)
  • Your parents date of marriage
  • The date you moved into Virginia (Student and parents)
  • FSA ID – both the student and one parent should have an FSA ID. We can help you obtain this at the clinic. 

For more information and to register, visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK

22 - 27 July –Virginia colleges offer campus tours and information sessions year-long, but during Virginia Private College Week, twenty-three private colleges in Virginia will make their tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid, and academic programs special.  Students who visit at least three institutions during this week will receive three application fee waivers and entry into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card.  Participants may use these waivers to apply to any of the twenty-three participating Virginia colleges for free.  Visit www.cicv.org/Our-Colleges/Virginia-Private-College-Week.aspx to learn more about Virginia Private College Week.  More Virginia private college information is at www.vaprivatecolleges.org including a college finder based on Academics and/or Athletics; a calendar of Admission events and campus visits; profiles of 27 member colleges, an interactive map of Virginia’s private colleges, financial aid 101, myths vs. facts; and parent, student, and alumni testimonials.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

A WEEKEND EXPLORING GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

21 - 23 September – Rising high school Seniors can spend a weekend hosted by a current GW student in a residence hall and experience first-hand what it is like to live and learn in Washington DC.  Participants will have the chance to build relationships with current students, staff, and faculty through conversations around social justice, equity, and inclusion.  Applicants must provide the following: a completed application (available 1 July) at https://undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/yourgw; and a high school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable).  Completed applications are due 16 August.

YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 

end of June – end of August.  The Summer Session of the Young Women’s Leadership Program, founded and led by former Virginia Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, is accepting applications from middle and high school girls.  There is no charge to participate in the program.  Nearly 2,000 young women from across the county have participated in the six-year old, non-partisan program that introduces them to women in leadership positions in government, technology, philanthropy, business, and other fields.  Although the program is hosted this year at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, the Summer Session kicks off in June at the Capitol Building in Washington DC with an overview of women in elected office.  Throughout the summer, participants will have opportunities to participate in six to eight seminars (about every two weeks) that will introduce them to women leaders in a variety of careers in the public and private sectors.  NOTE: Perfect attendance is not mandatory.  For more information about the program, visit https://comstockleadership.gmu.edu/.  To apply, visit https://comstockleadership.gmu.edu/apply-now/The application deadline is June 18. 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

FLYNN O’HARA UNIFORMS

9650-19 Main Street, Fairfax, VAupcoming job fairs: Saturday 8 June and Saturday 22 June 11:00am – 3:00pm - Flynn O’Hara Uniforms is seeking a part-time sales associate.  Work will include friendly outgoing customer service, stocking, cashiering, and general retail duties.  Flexible working hours are available 3-5 days a week during business hours (Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 8 pm, Saturday 9:30-6:00, Sunday-closed).  Applicants must be at least 15 years of age upon their start date and available mid-July through August 26, at least 20 hours per week.  Those able to continue part-time after the school year begins again in the fall are urged to apply. Apply early as positions will fill quickly.  Starting wage is negotiable depending on experience.  Students may apply in person at any time at the store, online at https://flynnohara.applicantpro.com/jobs/ or at the upcoming job fairs on Saturday 8 June and Saturday 22 June 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Bring a completed 2-month calendar with any times of dates you are not available in July and August.  The store is in the inner court of Fair City Mall, next to the Cinema Arts Theatre.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ANIDJAR & LEVINE COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine awards $1,000 to a graduating Senior or college student with a history of serving the community in a volunteer role, and who best demonstrates the relationship between their community service and future career goals and ambitions.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA; be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; and plan on attending a U.S. college/university.  A completed application must include personal information, a transcript, a community service listing with descriptions/dates/contact information, and an essay (500 words) on one of three topics: (1) What job skills did you develop through community service that you did not possess prior to volunteering? (2) What did community service teach you about leadership? (3) How has your community service influenced your career goals?  Applications can be found in Naviance Student or at https://www.anidjarlevine.com/2019-community-service-scholarship.   Completed applications must be submitted online by 30 June.

SURVIVOR OF A CAR ACCIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

John Foy & Associates awards $1,000 to a Senior or college student who has firsthand experience either surviving a car accident or being affected by a close friend or relative who was the victim of a car accident.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and status and be attending an accredited postsecondary institution in the U.S. in the fall of 2019.  A completed application must include personal information, GPA, undergraduate institution, transcripts, and an essay (500 – 1,000 words) on one of three topics: (1) If you were injured in your accident, how did that injury affect your views toward your future, your goals, and your ability to pursue your dreams?  Were you worried that you would no longer be able to pursue those goals – and how did that struggle change you? (2) Car accidents can often cause a profound change in how we see ourselves and how we live our lives.  Did you find that you were different in any way after your accident, compared to before?  What changed, and how have you grown from it? (3) If your loved one was the victim of the accident, how did you react?  What did your family or friends need from you during the months following the accident, and how did the experience change you?  How did it change your goals for the future?  NOTE:  Applicants are asked if they are U.S. citizens or allowed to work legally in the U.S.  Applications can be found in Naviance Student or at https://www.johnfoy.com/survivor-of-a-car-accident-scholarship/Completed applications must be received by 15 December.

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.