WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

9 March 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
March 08, 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.



Colleges, scholarships, and many opportunities may request an unofficial transcript or current grades.  Remember to obtain your unofficial transcript from the transcript secretary in Student Services or from your counselor.  Do NOT send a screen capture from SIS.  Screen captures often do not fulfill requirements and may provide information that is more hurtful than helpful.

NOVA TOURS & ADMISSION DISCUSSIONS – The NOVA Annandale Campus is offering seven Snapshot of NOVA events for students interested in attending NOVA or learning more about NOVA.  Each Snapshot event will include a tour of the NOVA Annandale campus and an admissions discussion.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/SnapNOVA  Plan to meet at the CA Mark Warner Building Information Desk.  Three Snapshot dates and times are after school:

  • Monday, 12 March, 5 – 6 pm
  • Monday, 2 April, 5 – 6 pm
  • Monday, 21 May, 5 – 6 pm


Saturday, 24 March, 10 am – 1 pm, Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA  22902 – Senator Mark R. Warner invites students and parents to an Academy Day.  Representatives from all five U.S. service academies as well as ROTC programs, Virginia Congressional offices, Virginia Tech, Randolph Macon, and Virginia Military Institute will be available to answer questions.  Please RSVP at https://2018serviceacademyday.evenbrite.com.

WTW STUDENTS: LEARN ABOUT X2VOL – Wednesday 21 March and 18 April in F105 after school.Fairfax County provides schools with a digital tool for tracking volunteer hours called x2VOL, and WTW is using it.  Woodson now tracks volunteer hours for both service learning, which may result in a service learning cord worn at graduation, and general community service hours, which may result in a diploma seal for excellence in civics and education given by the Virginia State Board of Education.  Students should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use X2VOL.



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/.


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.


11 April, 7 pm, Madison High School; 12 April, 7 pm, Fairfax High School.Sophomore families who missed our College 101 presentation have a chance to catch it at either Fairfax or Madison High School.  Help your student understand why college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.  This is the first step in the college search/application process.


18 April, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Community Cultural Building (CE Building), Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA FCPS and NVCC are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options.  The conference will include presentations from Disability Services and Counseling Services and a Q&A session.  RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y7aoazqo.  For more information, call 703.488.6497 or Woodson’s Employment and Transition Representative.


Fairfax County is seeking a student member to serve on the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) from July 2018 – June 2019.  Representatives learn about a broad range of environmental issues affecting our community, help influence and shape Fairfax County environmental policies, and have voting rights on matters that come before the council.  Current Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to apply.  Applications must include a transcript, extracurriculars, two references, and an essay (~500 words) demonstrating an interest in, and understanding of, environmental matters.  Get all the details and an application at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/environmental-quality-advisory-councilCompleted applications are due by 27 April.



13 March 9 – 10:30 am, National Youth Transitions Center, 2013 H St NW, H Street Conference Room, Washington, DC 20006BroadFutures serves young adults who have a diagnosed learning disability with a high school diploma who are in transition either to college or focusing on workforce development skills.  BroadFutures offers this Coffee and Croissants presentation to share more about this program for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 26.  The summer, for-fee program includes two weeks of training and seven weeks of paid internships.  To RSVP for the information session, email Carolyn Jeppsen at cjeppsen@broadfutures.org or call 202.521.4304.  Application deadline is 15 March for the summer program.  Scholarships are available.  For more information, visit www.broadfutures.org


30 March 10 am – 12:15 pm, The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20015Attend a movie screening of this documentary about the journey of four learning disabled adults.  The Director and Producer of the film, Krys Kornmeier, and one of the featured individuals, LeDerrick Horne, will be at the screening and will participate in a Q&A after the film.  Krys has over 25 years of experience as a filmmaker, and LeDerrick is a nationally known LD advocate, spoken word poet, and entrepreneur.  This program is for individuals ages high school and older.  Tickets are FREE on a first come first served basis.  RSVP to aweidanz@broadfutures.org. For more information, visit https://normalisntreal.com.  



Weekdays from 2 July through 9 August.  Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.  It takes a good team to run one of the camps.  Counselors-in-Training work as part of a staff team to facilitate activities for children. During the summer, CT volunteers will be assigned to a site and work daily from 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m.  There is a $135 fee for Fairfax County Residents to participate in C.I.T.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac/cit for more info.


Saturday, 28 April, 10 am-2 pm, Burke Center Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke VA – The Burke Centre Library Teen Advisory Board is hosting an International Fair in which teens can share their cultural heritage through music, dancing, food, clothing, and/or storytelling.  Contact burkecentretab@gmail.com to request an entry form, or visit www.burkecentretab.com/  for more information and to sign up.



The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking creative, high-energy, and motivated candidates who are 18 YEARS OLD for part-time positions with its Rec-PAC summer camp programs. Open Hire Days are: Tuesday, 3 April 5-8 pm at Oakton Elementary School, 3000 Chain Bridge Road and Tuesday, 22 May, 11 am-2:30 pm and Wednesday, 6 June, 11 am-2:30 pm at the Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.  For admission to an open hire, bring a photo id (driver’s license, passport, school photo ID), a voided check (to set-up direct deposit for your paycheck), and an original copy of a social security card.  Positions available include Site Director, Leader, Rover, and Subs who are scheduled as needed.  Camp Leaders and Site Directors earn $10.95 to $12.50 per hour.  Staffing is based on camp registration; there is no guarantee of weekly hours or location assignments.  Staff may be moved at any time to fulfill program needs.  A negative TB test is required by June 27.  Certifications in first aid and CPR are required and must be valid through August.  Staff must work all six weeks of program.  For students who are UNDER 18 YEARS OLD who need volunteer community service hours, information for the Counselor-in-Training program is available at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac/cit.  For more information and to download application forms, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac.  Send questions to Rec-PAC@fairfaxcounty.gov.


The Zerion Software company in Herndon, VA is offering a one-year, full-time, paid position to high school graduates from 2016-2018 who have a strong desire to join the tech world.  Applicants must be 18 years old and able to work daily in the Herndon, VA office.  Work side-by-side with engineers, solve real-world technical problems, learn technical skills such as Javascript, develop sales and marketing skills, and build your resume.  For more information and to apply, visit www.zerionsoftware.com/apprenticeshipApplication deadline is 31 March



The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Washington DC Metro Chapter, is honored to offer the Carmen Delgado-Votaw scholarship for $1,000 to a Puerto Rican or Latina woman (native or descent) from the Metro DC area, including Virginia who plans to attend a two- or four-year college in the Fall of 2018 and who has a 2.75 or higher GPA.  Completed applications must include: an application form, transcript, proof of acceptance to a 4-year university or community college, two references from a current teacher or guidance counselor, and an essay (500 words) answering one of four questions:  (1) Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?  (2) How has your family background affected the way you see the world?  (3) How will your college studies contribute to the immediate or long-range needs of the Puerto Rican/Latino community?  The application is available in Family Connection. Completed applications are due 25 May.


Graduate Women in Science National Capital Chapter offers a $500 scholarship to a female Junior or Senior (as of November 2018) attending school in the DMV area who intends to pursue a career in a STEM field, and exhibits a strong record of leadership and academic achievement (minimum GPA of 3.0). Application packets must include the application form, current resume, academic transcript, one letter of recommendation from a STEM instructor, and 3 short-answer essays (300 and 500 words). For more information visit Family Connection or https://gwisncc.org/scholarship/. Completed applications are due 15 November.


The Iota Epsilon Sigma Chapter Book Scholarship will be awarded to a female, graduating Senior attending a Northern Virginia high school who is planning her freshman year at a two or four-year accredited college or university.  The scholarship award (ranging from $250-$500) will be made available for use in a college/university bookstore. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and demonstrate community service.  Completed applications must include: an 2018 Iota Epsilon Sigma Book Scholarship Application with publicity release, a current official transcript, personal statement (~500 words) on “The Significance of Serving Others”, and two recommendations (one from a teacher, counselor, coach, etc. and one from and a community leader, e.g. clergy, Girl Scout leader, supervisor, etc.)  For details and an application visit Family Connection or www.iesigma1922.org/bookscholarship/.  Questions about the IES Book Scholarship can be directed to iotaepsilonsigma@gmail.com. Completed applications and materials due Friday, 6 April.


The Kappa Alpha Psi Alexandria-Fairfax Alumni Chapter provides multiple scholarships of $2,000, renewable up to four years, to graduating Seniors who are African American males of moral character living in specified areas of Northern Virginia including Fairfax County.  Applicant must have a 2.3 or better GPA, be accepted to an accredited, four-year institution of higher learning for the next school year, be involved in school and community activities, and demonstrate financial need.  A completed application must include the application, ACT/SAT test scores, an official transcript, basic financial information, and three (3) recommendations, one of which must be from a school administrator or faculty member.  For details and information visit Family Connection or www.afkapsi.comCompleted application packets are due 6 April.


Kids’ Chance of Virginia provides post-secondary and trade-school scholarships to the children of Virginia workers who have been severely or fatally injured in a workplace accident that resulted in a significant decline in family income and circumstances. Applicants must be students between the age of 16 and 25 who plan to pursue a post-secondary or trade school education in the Fall 2018 semester. NOTE: This application requires both a date of birth and social security number.  For more details and information visit Family Connection or www.kidschanceva.orgCompleted applications are due 1 May.


P.E.R.K. Consulting provides one $1,000 annual award to an international student or non-citizen enrolled in a U.S. school.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and plan to enroll in an accredited college/university in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.  A complete application includes an online application form, two recommendations (one from a professor, teacher, principal or high school guidance counselor), an official transcript, proof of acceptance or enrollment in an accredited university or college in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia and essays (500 – 750 words) on two of four topics: (1) What are your professional aspirations?  How will your education plans assist you in achieving your goals?  (2) Who has been your greatest inspiration in life?  How has this person influenced your personal and career goals?  (3) Social media is a big part of our lives in 2018.  Should there be a restriction on who is allowed to use it?  Overall, has social media made our lives better?  (4) What has been your greatest contributions, so far, and how will continuing your education benefit others?  Applications are judged on merit and financial need.  The application includes a publicity release.  For more details and information visit Family Connection or www.perkconsulting.net. Completed applications must be received by 27 April.


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.