WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

8 December 2017

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
December 08, 2017
This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.



Colleges and the Department of Education will communicate with students only because all applications are considered to belong to the student. Students MUST

  • provide an email from an internet provider, not the school email
  • check email and their college portals often
  • check their spam/junk folders often.  Service providers often send very important emails to a spam folder.

Communications can make a difference to your admission, to scholarship offerings, and to financial aid offerings.  If your college is required to pull your file for verification, you must complete the process as instructed to get the financial benefits available to you.


Monday and Tuesday, 11 – 12 December are special days for our W.T. Woodson students.  Teachers will help each of their students find the best course fit for next year by making recommendations for next year’s classes.  Counselors will use these recommendations when they meet with students after winter break to select courses for the 2018-19 year.  Now is a good time to discuss classes for next year with your student.  Always take teacher recommendations into account.  They want what will be the best for your student.


16 December – 1 January.  Plan ahead.  Both counselors and teachers will be on break.  They will not be available to write recommendations during break.  If you are applying to a college with a deadline of 15 January, your transcript release form and requests for recommendations are due Wednesday, 13 December.  Help your recommenders do a good job for you by giving them the time they need!


Priority deadlines are important.  You want to be sure you are meeting the priority deadline set by your colleges for filing the FAFSA.  It is important to apply well before that deadline though.  Some colleges expect all verifications to be completed by that deadline and the verification process can take six – eight weeks!  You could get ahead of the game.  Get a tax transcript or certificate of non-filing from the IRS for everybody on your FAFSA.  Keep it in a safe place.  If you are verified, you will have an important document they seek.


College board has partnered with Khan Academy to link your PSAT scores to enable the Academy to help you practice and strengthen your test-taking abilities - FREE!!  Discover how at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/khan-academy.


GREAT videos on the value of practice.  (Follow-up videos on the second one are commercial ads.  And the YouTube site from which they display also has ads.)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgF8oDBeNw0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SESjEQAhiA.



Everyone who is going to college should complete the FAFSA.  College Access Fairfax partners with FCPS to provide FAFSA Completion Workshops.  The next workshops offer an opportunity to work on a computer completing the FAFSA at the site offered.  If you pre-register, you can request translation services if they are not already offered.  Although not required, your needs may be better met if you register at www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

Dates & Location Bring if you are completing the FAFSA on-site

Falls Church High School, Library

  • Saturday, 6 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Falls Church High School, Library
  • Contact: Renee Fosterrcfoster@fcps.edu, 703.207.4297

Centreville High School, Library

  • Saturday, 20 January
  • 9 am – 12 noon
  • Contact: Kara Stamperkastamper@fcps.edu, 703.802.5445
  • Spanish and Korean translation available

Lee High School, Library

  • Thursday, 1 February
  • 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Contact: Carla McIlnay Shawcmmcilnaysha@fcps.edu, 703.924.8335
  • Spanish translation available
  • SNOW DATE: 9 February
  • FSA ID for both the student and one parent.  Get this at www.fafsa.ed.gov and click on the tiny lock symbol at the top of the page
  • Social security number for parents and student (or permanent resident number)
  • Alien registration card if not a U.S. citizen
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s License number (if you have one)
  • 2016 W-2 forms or other wage statements
  • 2016 Completed tax returns
  • Current statements for checking, savings, or other assets accounts
  • Current investment records, including 529 plans or other prepaid college plans
  • Military families: LES for any month in 2016
Parents’ date of marriage


The following FCPS Academy and Career Experience Open Houses are scheduled for January and February.  For general information on these programs, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/academies-and-specialized.  Click on the link to the academy’s website below for specific information on each academy’s programs.

FCPS Academy & Academy Open House Date

West Potomac Academy

Monday, 8 January, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Go in through Door 1

Falls Church Academy

Thursday, 11 January, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Marshall Academy

Thursday, 11 January, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Snow date:  18 January

Edison Academy

Saturday, 20 January, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snow date:  3 February

Chantilly Academy

Tuesday, 23 January, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Snow date 1 February

Fairfax Academy

Tuesday, 6 February, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fairfax County Firefighting Program TBD
Plum Center School of Practical Nursing TBD
Spring Village Construction Site Tuesday, 15 May, 3:30 – 6:30 pm



Juniors interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy may wish to consider applying to attend the academy’s summer seminar.

Academy and Program Link Application Window

U.S. Air Force Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session A: 10 – 15 June 2018
  • Session B: 17 – 22 June 2018
Now – 15 January 


U.S. Military Academy Summer Leaders Experience

  • Session 1: 2 – 8 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 15 June 2018
January  – TBD

U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar

  • Session 1: 2 – 7 June 2018
  • Session 2: 9 – 14 June 2018
  • Session 3: 16 – 21 June 2018
3 January – TBD

U.S. Coast Guard Academy AIM Summer Program

  • Session I: 8 – 13 July 2018
  • Session II: 15 – 20 July 2018
  • Session III: 22 – 27 July 2018
Early February – 1 April



TPE, a not-for-profit professional theatre company, is offering “Shakespeare in Performance:  Winter’s Tale” for high school students in Grades 9 – 12. Students will rehearse an abridged Shakespeare play and take it on tour to perform for the local community.  The play will be professionally directed and fully produced, with costumes, a set, and its own purple bus to carry it to performance venues.  TPE is accepting priority registration for all classes beginning with older students: 8 - 11 Dec (10th grade); 12 Dec (9th grade).  Discounts, rebates and scholarships are available, for example, a $50 Early Bird Discount for registering before Friday, 14 December.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.travelingplayers.org/winter-acting-classes/.



The Fairfax and Annandale Papa Johns are accepting applications for inside positions.  Applicants can stop by the store apply online at http://indeedjobs.com/papa-johns-pizza-gmg/_hl/en_US.  Questions can be directed to the Director of Operations, Justin Hamacher, at justin@papajohnsgmg.com.


4300 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr., Chantilly, VA – has open positions for general staff.  The general staff position is normally used as a gateway job for nonworking students to allow them to get their feet wet in the working world.  The position is primarily Friday-Sunday, with one or two shifts during the week.  The position requires public speaking, general cleaning, and looking after children as they play laser tag.  The starting pay is $8/hr and includes 6 free games of laser tag per month.  To apply, visit http://www.shadowlandadventures.com/join-our-team/



FCPS Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for this $2,500 scholarship.  Applicants must have a 2.9 or better GPA, demonstrated environmental stewardship, and participated in a high school environmental sciences class or environmentally-focused group or committee in school or community.  Completed applications must include one recommendation, an official transcript, and a 500—word essay discussing ways you helped protect and/or promote the preservation of our environment in your school, community, and/or home?  Examples of this can include but are not limited to your involvement in any clubs, community service projects, church groups, student-run initiatives, or your personal projects and achievements.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.americandisposal.com/blog/scholarship.  Completed applications must be submitted to the Career Center by 7 March 2018. 


 All African-American high school students enrolled in Fairfax County or Alexandria City Public High School who have good academic standing and plan to attend college after graduation are eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship.  Completed applications must include a transcript, school and community activities, signed letters from organization sponsors, and a 500-word essay in which you name one African American military veteran (past or present) and describe his/her contribution to the African American story.  Entries should be limited to two pages plus the application form and cover sheet and signed by the student, school counselor, and civic representative.  The award will be presented during the Annual Black History Month Gala on Saturday, 24 February 2018 in the City of Alexandria.  For more information, visit Family Connection.  The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm on 16 January 2018.


Seniors who plan to attend a “partner” college or university in Fall of 2018 and college students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.  Winners will be chosen on academic achievements and an essay.  The first place award is $1,000, second place is $500, and third through fifth place will receive an annual unlimited subscription to Educator’s 100+ course catalogue.  Applicants must provide a transcript and 500-1,000-word essay discussing: What is the greatest problem in education today and how would you change it?  For more information, visit Family Connections or https://www.educator.com/scholarship/Deadline is 31 August 2018


Scholarships between $250 and $500 will be awarded to Seniors who will attend a college or university full-time and to college students.  Applicants must have a documented disability and demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing in a nursing education program and to career excellence.  Completed applications must include a signed application form, extracurriculars including honors and awards, three recommendations speaking to your academic abilities and personal character, an official transcript, a medical verification of disability form, basic family financial information, and a 1-2 page essay discussing how you plan to contribute to the nursing profession and how your disability will influence your practice as a nurse.  NOTE: Submitted essays become the property of ExceptionalNurse.com and winners give permission to release information to the media.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.exceptionalnurse.com/scholarship.phpCompleted applications must be received by 1 June 2018. 


The Freemont Scholars Awards Program will provide an unspecified scholarship to Seniors who are U.S. citizens pursuing a degree in the sciences at a four-year Historically Black College/University (HBCU).  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and an SAT of 1150 or ACT of 21.  Applicants must have a demonstrated record of leadership and volunteerism in the community in non-school sponsored activities and participation in extracurricular school activities.  Necessary material includes 2 recommendations, counselor endorsement, and an official transcript as well as an essay explaining: Why I am choosing the sciences as a career.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.freemontfoundation.com/scholarships.htmlThe deadline to apply is 2 February 2018


This scholarship of $1,200 per year for a two-year college and $2,400 per year for a four-year college is for teen-parents (had a child by age 19) who are actively involved in their child’s life, and are now 25-years old or younger.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents, or DACA students residing in VA, MD, or DC.  The scholarship program includes a mentorship for winners.  Applicants must plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university in VA, MD, or DC full- or part-time.  Completed applications must include a copy of an acceptance letter, a transcript, a copy of applicants’ SAR from their FAFSA filing, two recommendations, and planned major.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.supportgenerationhope.org/scholar-applicationThe deadline is 1 April 2018.


Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents accepted to an accredited U.S. college or university to study full-time in a STEM field are eligible to apply for this merit and need-based $2,500 scholarship (renewable for one year).  Applicants must have a 3.75 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a copy of your college acceptance letter, a copy of your SAR from your FAFSA filing, and a 250-word essay answering: How will this scholarship help you meet your career and life goals.  For more information, visit Family Connection or http://gcsp.vpweb.comCompleted application packets are due 31 Mach 2018


Senior Females residing in the metropolitan DC area who are pursuing a degree at a two- or four-year or professional technical school in the 2018-19 year are eligible to apply for this $500 award.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and plan to major in the Arts: Visual Arts, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Graphic Design, or Design.  Consideration will be given to applicants with financial need, academic achievement, and community service.  Completed applications must include: two recommendations, a resume, a transcript, one sample of original artwork (a recording of musical composition, creative writing sample, or video of a performance), and an essay (up to 500 words) on Why you want to pursue the arts in college.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://omicronphizeta.wildapricot.org/Women-of-the-DoveCompleted applications are due 4 February 2018.


Students who are at least 17 years old and have been accepted to or are currently attending a nursing or medical-related program at an accredited institution are eligible to apply for this $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and provide a 600 - 1,000-word essay explaining what they hope to accomplish during their career in the medical field and how the scholarship would fulfill those goals (three recommended topics are provided.) For more information, visit Family Connection or https://nurse.org/healthcare-leaders/The deadline to apply is 29 January 2018.


Every year, Virginia Tech’s Honors College offers several scholarships.  Seniors who plan to attend Virginia Tech can apply for The Pamplin Leadership Award of $5,000.  Winners may apply to become a Pamplin Scholar during their Freshman year which covers the cost of tuition and fees until graduation.  Senior applicants must have at least a 3.8 GPA and be in the top 10% of their graduating class.  Applications must include a recommendation, resume, an essay discussing a topic significant enough to you to share with a group of people, and a page filled with something you choose.  More information and a link to the application can be found at: www.honorscollege.vt.edu/current.htmlCompleted applications must be submitted to the Career Center by Tuesday, 16 January. 


Graduating Seniors and college students pursuing a two- or four-year college degree in science-related fields from an accredited university are eligible to apply for this $1,500 scholarship.  Applicants will provide an application, transcript, and a personal statement (up to 500 words) discussing how you plan to use your degree to further advance science in your field of interest.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.rndsystems.com/grants-scholarships/scholarship-applicationCompleted applications are due 15 December.


U.S. citizens pursuing a two- or four-year degree at an accredited college or university with a documented learning disability and/or an ASD diagnosis are invited to apply.  (ADD and ADHD alone are not enough to qualify.)  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA.  $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year: five scholarships for students with LD and five scholarships for students with Autism.  Ten honorable mention awards of $500 will also be awarded in each category.  In addition to the application, applicants must provide a current transcript, photo, a recommendation from a teacher/counselor/principal, and an expressive piece on Personal Growth and Developed Strengths which may be an essay/letter/poem, or a piece of art about your experience and growth from your learning disability or Autism.  Art submissions may be a photo of the actual art.  (RiSE often uses these on social media to encourage others with the same diagnosis.)  Visit Family Connection or http://risescholarshipfoundation.org/rise-award/apply-now/Completed application packets are due 31 January 2018.


The Women of the Dove Foundation provideS a $500 scholarship to Senior Women graduating from a high school in the DC Metro Area.  Applicants must have a 2.75 or better GPA and plan to pursue an Engineering or Information Technology or STEM major at a two- or four-year college/university or a professional technical school.  Applicants must provide an official transcript, resume, community service, two recommendations, and an essay on one of three topics: (1) Explain the importance of women in the field of STEM.  (2) What major contribution do you plan to make to STEM?  (3) What is the biggest threat to the environment and how would you fix it?  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://omicronphizeta.wildapricot.org/Women-of-the-DoveCompleted application packets are due 4 February 2018. 


Discover a full listing that includes previous entries for each important category below.

College & Career Fairs

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-and-career-fairs.

Employment Opportunities

Find a listing of Employment Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2247.

Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Family Connection for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Go to the “colleges” tab; scroll down to enrichment programs.

Internship / 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 (FREE or very affordable)

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

Volunteer Opportunities

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


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