WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

9 February 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
February 09, 2018

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  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.

NEW IMPORTANT INFORMATION

2018 COLLEGE 101 RESCHEDULED

Tuesday, 13 February, 7 pm, Auditorium.  All Sophomores and families are encouraged to attend our College 101 presentation.  Learn from a director of admissions.  This evening event is designed to help parents and students understand why we say: College is a match to be made, not a prize to be won!  Junior families who did not attend last year are urged to attend this year.  This understanding is the first step in the college search process.

GOOD NEWS FOR FALL 2018

In December, the College Board announced that CSS Profile will be completely free for qualifying low-income students, starting in the 2018-19 school year.  And—starting in spring 2018—students who take the SAT® or the SAT Subject Tests™ with a fee waiver will be able to send their official score reports to as many institutions as they want, for free.  You can read more about these efforts to clear the path to college for low-income students at https://www.collegeboard.org/membership/all-access/admissions/college-board-announces-unlimited-sat-score-sends-low-income?ep_mid=11430622&ep_rid=222310958.

NOVA FIELD TRIP FOR SENIORS

8 March 10 am – 1 pm.  Woodson High School Counselors are sponsoring a field trip to the NOVA Annandale Campus.  Students will be able to tour the campus, meet with admission counselors, learn about financial aid, career services, placement assessments, application procedures, and planning a transfer to four year colleges.  To attend the field trip, students must return the Emergency Care Information form, the Field Trip Notification form, and the signed Parental Authorization and Acknowledgement Risk form to their counselor by Monday, 5 March.  The trip will meet in the Woodson lobby at 10 am and return by bus to Woodson by 1:15 pm on 8 March.  Lunch will be provided.  Please see your counselor for more information and the required forms.

DON’T FORGET

MOCK ACT/SAT EXAMS

Saturday, 10 February, 7:30 am – 12 pm, WTW Cafeterias.  The WTW PTSO is providing a Mock ACT/SAT Exam day.  Practice with a full-length ACT/SAT exam or one that is ½ and ½ to see which exam format is best for you.  The cost is only $15 if paid by 5 pm on 8 February or $20 at the door.  Please register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4fa4af2a1-mock5.  Parent volunteer slots are also available!

SERVICE ACADEMY & ROTC NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, 27 February, 7 pm, Fairfax High School Auditorium  (Snow Date 6 March).  Interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Armed Forces?  This is a perfect starting point for you.  Representatives from each service academy, branch ROTC program, and Congressman Connolly’s office will present basic information and be available for important face time and individual questions.  Although all grades are welcome, this event is especially important for Juniors.  The application process for these programs begins the spring of the Junior year.  NOTE: This event is only held once a year, and hosting rotates between the co-hosts: Fairfax, Madison, Oakton, and W.T. Woodson. 

COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION NOW OPEN

The FCPS College Partnership Program (CPP) is now accepting applications for new members.  CPP assists high school students whose parents did not attend college or who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education by providing them with monthly sessions and workshops as they explore, apply, and enroll in college.  CPP is recruiting current 8 – 11th graders who would benefit from this program.  For more information, visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/college-success-program/college-partnership-program-cpp or contact Ms. Lakeyta Smith at lnsmith1@fcps.edu.  Students can apply online using their FCPS G Suite (Google Apps for Education) account or via a paper application.  Paper applications are available in English, Arabic, Korean, and Spanish.  However, all responses must be submitted in English.  See Mr. Matthews or Mr. Ford in Student Services for more information about the application process or to obtain a paper application.  The application deadline is 16 March.

SUPER TRANSITION SATURDAY, a Career & Transition Services Event for Parents and Educators

Saturday, 10 February, 8:30 am-1:00 pm at Lanier Middle School, 3801 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA.  FCPS Career & Transition Services along with several Fairfax County adult service providers and the FCPS Parent Resource Center will host a “Super Transition Saturday.”  This is a free event for parents and educators of students with IEPs of all ages, elementary through high school.  Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary support services, student self-determination as an evidence predictor of post school success, and in-school career and transition support services available to FCPS students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond.  A highlight of the day is a parent and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes.  Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent and student questions from their perspective of having been through the transition process.  Childcare is provided for ages 3 and up and requires advance registration.  Register at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.  Scroll down to the Super Transition Saturday event, and click on “Register now!” The snow date will be 24 February.

UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL AWARD LETTERS

10 March, 10 am – Noon, Stuart High School, 3301 Peace Valley Ln, Falls Church, VA 22044 – College Access Fairfax is sponsoring an overview of college financial award letters, including the parts of various financial awards, tools to use to assess different offers, and other considerations to take into account when making a decision. Please note that specific awards or financial circumstances will not be addressed.  To register for the event, visit https://collegeaccessfairfax.org/event/understanding-award-letters-031018/.

2018 FCPS ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE CELEBRATIONS

The following FCPS Academy and Career Experience Open Houses are scheduled for January and February.  For general information on academy 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 Link

Open House Date

Plum Center School of Practical Nursing

Tuesday, 20 February, 5:00 – 7: 00 pm

Spring Village Construction Site

Tuesday, 15 May, 3:30 – 6:30 pm

FAFSA COMPLETION WORKSHOPS

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

West Potomac High School – Career Center

  • Thursday, 15 February
  • 3 pm – 7 pm
  • Contact: Liz Carter
  • eecarter@fcps.edu, 703.718.2548

Annandale High School

  • Wednesday, 28 February
  • 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Contact: Robin Roth
  • rwroth@fcps.edu, 703.642.4263
  • 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

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

WALTER REED ARMY INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (WRAIR) GEMS PROGRAM

The WRAIR GEMS Program invites high school students to work along-side college-age mentors in a professional laboratory environment.  During the one-week sessions which are free-of-charge, students participate in hands-on learning experience and gain exposure to the diversity of STEM field and careers.  Students can apply for a one-week session during the summer in biomedical or engineering programs at the Intermediate Level (9th-10th grade) or Advanced Level (11th – 12th grade).  Sessions will be held at WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD and at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.  Upon completion of the program, students earn a $100 stipend for their participation.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.usaeop.com/silverspring/.  Selected students will be individually notified via email beginning 5 May.  For questions, email usarmy.detrick.medcom-wrair.mbx.gems@mail.mil or call 301.319.7129.  The application deadline is 30 April. 

CAMINOS AL FUTURO

1 - 20 July, George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving rising Seniors from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at GW.  The program seeks to cultivate leadership potential and scholarship in rising Seniors who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Caminos al Futuro scholars will get a chance to examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities nationwide by conducting research, content, and media analyses; engaging in collaborative projects; engaging with leaders who help Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States; and attending site visits and performing community service.  Current high school Juniors are eligible to apply.  Admission to the program is competitive and space is limited.  Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and record of service and leadership within Hispanic or Latinx communities. Applications must include a recommendation and three essays.  All selected students will receive a full scholarship that covers roundtrip transportation to Washington, D.C. and the cost of attendance.  For more information, application requirements, and to apply, visit https://summer.gwu.edu/caminos.  The application deadline is 1 March

INSPIRE PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM

1 - 20 July, George Washington University, Washington, DC.  The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising Junior and Senior high school students, including 2018 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3 weeks on the GW campus to learn about  intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System, taught by GW faculty, which will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential Native advocates who work in Washington, D.C.  INSPIRE students live on campus and participate in recreational programs with the community of high school students enrolled in GW pre-college programs.  INSPIRE scholarships are awarded to students based on evidence of academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in public service.  Students from all tribes and from every part of the U.S. are welcome to apply.  The scholarship covers the three-credit course, room and board at GW, airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket), all required textbooks, and required local travel related to the course.  Completed applications must include a transcript, proof of tribal enrollment or ancestry, a recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and a 350-word essay.  For more information and to apply, visit https://inspire.naplp.gwu.edu/about-inspire-pre-college-program.  Completed applications must be received by 1 March.  

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER ENRICHMENT SCIENCE ACADEMY (HSSESA)

16 June – 27 July, Howard University, Washington, DC.  Funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, HSSESA is a support program offered to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University.  This six-week residential program is for rising Juniors and Seniors who demonstrate an interest in the sciences or a career in pharmacy or other health professions.  Twenty students will be selected for this competitive program.  The program consists of a five-day academic schedule that exposes students to pre-requisite classes that are required for a major in pharmacy or other health profession.  Classes include biology, chemistry, medical terminology, math, computer science, and career exposure in clinical settings.  Housing, meals, course materials, activities, clinical shadowing, and transportation to clinical sites and mandatory science-focused excursions are included.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Finalists must interview.  Completed applications must have a transcript, three recommendations, and an essay.  Minorities and financially needy applicants will be given priority. with interviews to be conducted 9-27 April.  For more information, application requirements, and to apply, visit http://healthsciences.howard.edu/education/colleges/pharmacy/center-excellence/components/summer-enrichment/high-school-academy.  The application deadline is 9 March.

NEW WORKSHOPS

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S ENGINEERING YOUTH CONFERENCE

Saturday, 17 February, 9 am – 2 pm.  GMU is hosting its second annual Engineering Youth Conference for middle and high school students. The conference’s keynote speaker is Mr. Ken Harvey, former NFL Linebacker and author. Workshop sessions include a wide range of engineering fields including Bioengineering, Civil, Mechanical, Systems, as well as Cybersecurity. Attendees will get insider tips on how to succeed with pursuing an engineering degree and network with guest speakers and future engineers and IT professionals.  Hands-on activities include opportunities to design and build structures, make a circuit with a pencil, do practical aerodynamics, explore nanotechnology to prosthetics, apply computer science to solve problems in medicine, learn how Netflix uses software and hardware to deliver titles to consumers all over the world, develop cybersecurity strategies that keep devices safe, robots, and drone demonstrations, and more.  The event is free, but is limited to 800 participants.  Register to attend at http://ist.gmu.edu/EngineeringConference/.  Minors must be accompanied by their parent(s). 

WHY TECH? FORUM 2018

27 - 28 March, 12:30 - 6:30 pm, NOVA Annandale, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.  This FREE forum focuses on providing young women in middle and high school with the benefits of pursuing a career in technology.  Attendees will have the opportunity to hear inspirational and empowering talks and take part in informative panel sessions presented by successful women in the IT and computer science industry.  Participants will engage in hands-on workshops conducted by NOVA professorsInterested attendees can also register separately for a field trip to take place on March 29, 2018.  For a detailed agenda and to register, visit www.nvcc.edu/afit/whytech.html.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ATLANTIC POOL SERVICE, Inc.

4129 Village Court, Annandale – Atlantic Pool Service is looking for full-time and part-time certified Lifeguards and Pool Operators to work in the Northern Virginia area this summer at the following locations:  Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Fall Church, Reston, Springfield, and Vienna.  For applications and more information, visit www.atlanticpoolservice.net, call at 703.941.1000, or email atlanticpoolinc@aol.com.

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER SUBSTITUTES NEEDED

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.  The JCCNV is looking for substitute teachers to work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers after school.  Substitute teachers may be asked to work in advance or the same day and will be paid $8 an hour or more based on education and experience.  Applicants must be at least 16 years old, be able to pass a background check, and have previous experience working with children (babysitting, etc.).  JCC accepts applicants of all religions.  To apply, email your resume and availability to Ashley Hoy at Ashley.Hoy@JCCNV.org.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ASHWORTH GROGAN SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recognizes Seniors who are residents of Northern Virginia, and college students at Northern Virginia Community College who plan to pursue a career in education or medicine/ health-related field.  Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and demonstrate financial need, with an essay discussing the applicant’s financial need, academic goals, how the scholarship will help advance educational goals, and what other forms of financial aid have been awarded to the applicant.  Application packets will also include a copy of the applicant’s SAR from a FAFSA filing. Applicant must create an online account for all application particulars, including scholarship specific essays.  Details and the online application are at www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/ashworth-grogan-scholarship and Family Connection.  Completed application packets are due NLT 3 April.

ASPIRING ANIMATION PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

AnimationCareerReview.com offers a $1,000 scholarship to Seniors in the U.S. who plan to pursue an animation related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Applicants must demonstrate academic success and have a passion for animation and/or a design related career.  Applications must include an original essay discussing What specific skill do you most want to develop?  NOTE: All submitted essays are the property of AnimationCarerReview.com and scholarship winners can be announced on their website and through media releases.  Winners will need to submit transcripts.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.animationcareerreview.com/animationcareerreviewcom-aspiring-animation-professional-scholarship-program or Family Connection.  Applications are due 1 June.

ASPIRING BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

OMBAR offers a $1,000 scholarship to Seniors in the U.S. pursuing a business-related degree program at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Applicants must demonstrate academic success and have a passion and drive for a business career.  Applications must include an essay (250 – 500 words) discussing Why is the formal study of business and its related fields important?  NOTE: All submitted essays are the property of OnlineMBAReport.com and scholarship winners can be announced on their website and through media releases.  Winners will need to submit transcripts.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.onlinembareport.com/ombar-aspiring-business-professional-scholarship-program or Family Connection.  Applications are due 1 June.

ASPIRING FASHION PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

Fashion-Schools.org offers $1,000 to high school Seniors in the U.S. who have demonstrated academic success and plan to apply their passion and drive for a fashion-related career in related studies at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Applications must include an original essay (250 – 500 words) discussing: What specific skill do you most want to develop?  NOTE: All submitted essays are the property of Fashion-Schools.org and scholarship winners can be announced on their website and through media releases.  Winners will need to submit transcripts.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program or Family Connection.  Applications are due 1 June.

BEAT THE ODDS SCHOLARSHIP

The Children’s Defense Fund will select five Sophomores who have overcome significant adversity to excel in school and serve as leaders in their communities. Winners will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a laptop, life skills development, college tours, guidance through the college admissions process, career guidance and other academic support through college and a mentor network.  In addition, winners will be inducted into the CDF family and be invited to join CDF’s leadership development ladder.  Autobiographical films of each finalist’s story will be produced and shown at the 2018 awards ceremony and shared over the internet.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, attend a public, private, or alternative school in specified Metro DC areas including Fairfax County, have limited support and/or income, demonstrate commitment to community, submit a personal statement of ~750 words that describes major obstacles and challenges in your life and how you have overcome them; your past and current family, financial, education and emotional support systems; how you have been able to achieve academic success or show marked improvement in academics despite your hardships; your commitment to serving others.  Completed application packets will include two nominator forms with recommendations (one from a teacher and one from a mentor, employer, or counselor), a transcript, completed application, personal statement, and a media release form.  Applicants may be interviewed.  Visit www.childrensdefense.org/programs/Beattheodds/  to learn about the national program.  Visit www.childrensdefense.org/programs/Beattheodds/dc-bto/ for more information on the Metro DC program.  Completed application packets are due NLT 26 March.

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON VISION SCHOLARSHIP

Booz Allen Hamilton offers employee dependents pursuing a college degree an opportunity at an accredited college/university to compete for one of five, $3,000 scholarships, renewable up to four years with a total possible of $12,000 in their Vision Scholarship Program.  Applicants must be between 16 and 25 years of age, in or accepted for enrollment in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college/university in the U.S.  Awards will be granted based on superior academic achievement (a transcript is required), character, citizenship, loyalty, integrity, and extracurricular activities.  Completed applications must include a reference from an academic, professional, or business associate.  Application details become available when you begin online at www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/booz-allen-hamilton-vision-scholarship .   Completed applications must be received by 15 March.

CHARLES HOMER BARTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will honor Charles Homer Barton by providing five scholarships of $4,000 to legally dependent children of area police officers or sheriff deputies employed by Fairfax County, Loudoun County, or the VA Police Department, VA Sheriff’s Office and Police Departments in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville who will attend a 2- or 4-year college or university.  The scholarship selection committee will consider both academic achievement and community service. Completed applications must include a transcript, SAT/ACT test scores, activity information, and an essay (≤ 500 words) discussing How has being the son or daughter of a law enforcement professional influenced or inspired you? Explain and provide specific examples of the impact on your life, values and /or goals.  Applicants must register to access all the details/requirements of the application.  For details and more information visit www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/charles-homer-barton-memorial-scholarship or Family Connection.  Completed applications are due NLT 3 April.

ELIZABETH KOURY SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recognizes outstanding Northern Virginia Seniors who demonstrate financial need and plan to enter the field of medicine studying full-time at an accredited college/university.  Two scholarships of $5,000 each renewable for three additional years ($20,000 total) will be awarded.  The selection committee will consider academic achievement, financial need, dedication to the field of medicine, and community service.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a copy of the applicant’s SAR from this year’s FAFSA filing, SAT/ACT test scores, activity information, an essay (≤ 350 words) discussing your financial need, and an essay (≤ 400 words) that explains how you became interested in the field of medicine. What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  Applicants may also provide an optional essay with more information.  Finalists will be asked to interview.  Applicants must register to access all the details/requirements of the application.  For details and more information visit www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/elizabeth-koury-scholarship or Family Connection.  Application packets are due by 3 April.

FEDERAL WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CAPITAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Federal Water Quality Association provides $2,000 scholarships for Seniors in the Metro DC area, including Fairfax, who will attend an accredited 4-year college/university to further their career goals in environmental science with a major in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, civil engineering, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, or natural resource planning.  Applicants will be judged on academic achievement and their level of commitment to environmental protection demonstrated by science courses, service, and leadership.  Completed applications must include a transcript, ACT/SAT scores, reference(s) (preferably from a science teacher or environmentalist), extracurricular activities, a copy of the acceptance letter from a 4-year college, and an essay on one of three topics: 1) How your own actions have promoted environmental protection/awareness.  2) Why you would like to pursue a career in environmental protection/pollution control; what factors led to your decision; and what you hope to accomplish through a career in this field.  3) How your choice of extracurricular activities, elective classes, and non-science classes will contribute to your career goals.  Applications can be downloaded from Family Connection and discover more about the sponsor at http://www.fwqa-dc.org/Applications must be received by 9 April.

HENRY J. REILLY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Reserve Officers’ Association (ROA) will award up to twenty $2,500 scholarships to members and their children who will pursue education at a 2-yr, 4-year, or vo-tech certificate program.  Applicants must use an online portal to access more information and to apply, https://aim.applyISTS.net/ROA/.  (Sponsor indicates an MS Edge browser will not work.)  Visit Family Connection or the ROA portal for more information.  Applications are due 18 April.

HUTH SCHOLARSHIP

The Huth Foundation offers up to $1,000 to Seniors who will graduate from high schools in the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, or Arlington County, VA. This scholarship recognizes, celebrates, and rewards young people who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteerism involving the elderly.  A completed application packet includes contact information for three references, biographical information, community involvement, volunteer activities, and several short answer questions. Completed packets must also include a transcript and two recommendations.  Visit www.huthfoundation.org/huth-scholarship or Family Connection for additional information and visit http://huthfoundation.org/application for an application. All applications are due by 1 June.

I HAVE A DREAM **CONTEST**

The Urbanites sponsor a $2,000 Frances Deskins Memorial Scholarship contest.  Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. or an international student with a valid visa, must attend or will attend an accredited college for undergraduate or graduate studies within six months.  Applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay addressing the theme: I Have A Dream in which the applicant defines his/her dream, how he/she will realize it, and how that realization will enrich our society.  NOTE:  All entries become the property of the Sponsor.  Application rules and guidelines are available in the Career Center.  Applications are due 31 May.

LEADERS OF TOMORROW SCHOLARSHIP

Tomorrow’s Black Men, Inc. (TBM) is offering qualifying minority students who have shown leadership in academics and the community the opportunity to apply for one of two scholarships: four $500 and three $1,000.  Applicants must be Seniors enrolled in a public school in Alexandria, Fairfax, or Prince William Counties who are accepted to an accredited 2- or 4- year college/university as a full-time student in the fall of 2018.  All completed applications must include: a transcript, letters of recommendation, a scholarship specific essay, and a self-addressed envelope.  The application requires a listing of colleges to which you have applied, honors and achievements, extracurriculars, community-related activities, and a publicity release.  Finalists will be interviewed and present their essays in person.  Winners must attend an awards ceremony and present their essays.

  • Applicants for the $500 scholarship must have a 2.0-3.0 GPA and SAT scores of 850 or better OR ACT of 15 or better and provide 2 recommendations (counselor/teacher and a community member).  The essay must be 500-words on one of five topics.
  • Applicants for the $1,000 scholarship must have a 3.0 or better GPA, honors courses, and SAT scores of 1300 or ACT scores of 20 or better.  They must present three letters of recommendation (one from a counselor, one from a teacher, and one from a community member), and write an essay on one of nine topics.  The essay must be 1200 words on one of 9 topics.

Visit https://www.tomorrowsblackmen.org/ or Family Connection for more information and an application.  Completed application packets are due 15 March.

MAX AND EMMA DREYFUSS JEWISH UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

The United Jewish Endowment Fund will award a $1,500 - $4,000 Max and Emma Dreyfuss Jewish Undergraduate Scholarship to a Jewish Senior who is a U.S. citizen or working towards citizenship, a Metro DC resident who will attend an accredited four-year college/university full-time.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Applications are available in at https://www.jssa.org/get-help/scholarships/ and through Family Connection.  Applications are due 3 May.

MICROSOFT DISABILITY SCHOLARSHIP

Microsoft offers a $5,000 scholarship renewable up to $20,000 to Seniors targeting a career in the technology industry who have a 3.0 or better GPA, have financial need and are living with a disability as defined by the World Health Organization.  Applicants must plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college/university or technical college in the U.S. or with U.S. affiliates for financial transactions.  Applicants must declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related field.  Applicants must also demonstrate a passion for technology, and leadership at school and/or in the community.  Completed applications must include a resume, transcript, two recommendations (one must be from school faculty/staff), photo (optional), and three essays: 1) (≤ 500 words) Describe how you plan to be engaged in the technology industry or technology law or policy in your career.  2) (≤ 500 words) Share your vision of how Microsoft can innovate its future devices and services solutions to creatively & successfully support those living with disabilities in the workplace and in daily life to reach their potential.  3) (≤ 250 words) Describe your financial need for this scholarship.  More information and applications can be found in Family Connection and at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspxCompleted application packets are due 15 March.

MORTON A. GIBSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The United Jewish Endowment Fund will award a $2,500 Morton A. Gibson Memorial Scholarship to a Jewish Senior who is a U.S. citizen or working towards citizenship, a Metro DC resident who will attend an accredited four-year college/university full-time.  Applicants must have completed significant volunteer services within the local Jewish community in addition to any service done for high school graduation.  Applicants must also demonstrate financial need.  More information and applications are available at https://www.jssa.org/get-help/scholarships/  and through Family Connection.  Applications are due 3 May.

NETWORK SCHOLARSHIP

Capital One offers a Military Dependent Scholarship of $5,000 to aid and honor a talented Senior who is the dependent of a Servicemember on active duty or in the Reserves or National Guard.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and must be a resident of or attending high school in Virginia.  Applicants will be assessed for academic excellence, values, and actions and leadership in their community.  Applicants who work hard and truly care about making a difference are encouraged to apply.  A transcript may be required.  Applicants must apply online to discover all requirements for the application.  Get more information and apply in Family Connection or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CapitalOneVAMilitaryDependentScholarshipApplications are due 28 February.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS ANNA HARALAMPUS SCHOLARSHIP

The Northern Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NVCTM) provides $500 to a Senior planning a career in mathematics education.  Completed applications will include extracurriculars, awards/honors (especially mathematics), a transcript, recommendation from a mathematics teacher using an application form, and an essay (≤ 200 words) describing what your educational plans are as they relate to a career in mathematics education. Applications are available in Family Connection.  Completed applications are due 2 March.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (NOVEC) SCHOLARSHIP

NOVEC will provide scholarships of $1,500 to college-bound Seniors whose home is serviced by NOVEC.  The most outstanding scholarship winner will receive an additional $1,500.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA and demonstrate leadership in extracurriculars.  Completed applications must include a transcript, SAT scores, extracurricular information, two recommendations (one from a school official and one from a community member), list of colleges to which you have applied/been accepted, and a biographical essay (~400 words) describing the experiences that have shaped your life, your present activities and aspirations for the future.  More information and applications are available in Family Connection and at https://www.novec.com/Community/scholarships.cfmAll parts of the application must be received by 13 March.

2018 RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP **CONTEST**

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty will award prizes of $500, $1,000, and a grand prize of $2,000 plus a trip to Washington, DC for the best essays.  Contestants must be a Junior or a Senior who has an essay advisor  who verifies that the essay is the student’s original work.  The essay must be accompanied by a student registration form and an essay advisor’s form.  The essay must be 800 – 1,200 words not counting the title and bibliography.  In the essay, discuss whether public school calendars should accommodate religious holidays.  Consider student diversity and how school administrators should determine if and which holy days should be part of a school calendar.  NOTE:  All essays become property of the BJC.  For more information, visit http://bjconline.org/contest/ or contact Charles Watson Jr at cwatson@BJConline.orgEssays and forms are due by 9 March.

ROSE KOURY SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will remember Rose Koury by awarding two $5,000 awards renewable for up to three additional years (total of $20,000) to outstanding Northern Virginia high school Seniors with financial need who are planning to pursue a career in early childhood or elementary education studying full-time at an accredited college or university.  The selection committee will consider academic achievement, financial need, dedication to the field of education, and community service.  Completed applications will include a transcript from all high schools attended, a copy of the applicant’s SAR from this year’s FAFSA filing, SAT/ACT test scores, activity information, an essay (≤ 350 words) discussing your financial need, and an essay (≤ 400 words) that explains how you became interested in the field of education. What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  Applicants may also provide an optional essay with more information.  Finalists will be asked to interview.  Applicants must create an online account to apply.  For details and more information visit www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/rose-koury-scholarship or Family Connection.  Completed applications are due NLT 3 April.

US PAN ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USPAACC) EDUCATION FOUNDATION

USPAACC supports multiple scholarships ranging from $3,000 - $5,000.  Applicants must be a Senior, at least 16 years of age, of Asian/Pacific Island heritage, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with a 3.3 or better GPA beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S.  Applicants must demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, and financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, copy of 1st two pages of tax returns, two recommendations (one from the high school and one from a community service organization), information on proposed post-secondary course of study (major) and associated costs (tuition/room/board for one university to which the applicant is applying), and an essay discussing: Why should I be awarded this scholarship.  Winners must attend the CelebrAsian Procurement Conference 29 May – 1 June, present a 2-minute speech, and write about their experience at the conference in Bethsda, MD.  For more information and to apply, visit http://celebrasianconference.com/scholarshipsCompleted application packets are due 30 March.

US PAN ASIAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (USPAACC) EDUCATION FOUNDATION BRUCE LEE SCHOLARSHIP

USPAACC supports multiple scholarships ranging from $3,000 - $5,000.  Applicants must be a Senior, at least 16 years of age, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, with a 3.3 or better GPA beginning full-time study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S.  Applicants must demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities, involvement in community service, and financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, copy of 1st two pages of tax returns, two recommendations (one from the high school and one from a community service organization), information on proposed post-secondary course of study (major) and associated costs (tuition/room/board for one university to which the applicant is applying), and an essay discussing: Why should I be awarded this scholarship.  Winners must attend the CelebrAsian Procurement Conference 29 May – 1 June, present a 2-minute speech, and write about their experience at the conference in Bethesda, MD.  For more information and to apply, visit http://celebrasianconference.com/scholarshipsCompleted application packets are due 30 March.

VANCE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia provides two scholarships between $500 and $2,000 to students who plan to pursue careers in law enforcement or security (including the administration of justice). Applicants must be Northern Virginia Seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or better who attend or plan to attend an accredited university as a full- or part-time student.  Completed applications will include a transcript from all high schools attended, activity information, an essay (≤ 350 words) discussing any financial need, and an essay (≤ 400 words) that describes how you became interested in law enforcement and criminal justice. What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?  Applicant must create an online account to apply.  For details and more information visit www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/vance-international-scholarship or Family Connection.  Application packets are due NLT 3 April.

Compilations

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College & Career Fairs

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Employment Opportunities

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Enrichment & Summer Programs

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Internship / Apprenticeship Opportunities

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Scholarship Opportunities

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Special Opportunities (FREE or very affordable)

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Workshops

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