WTW College & Career Center Newsletter

1 February 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
February 01, 2019

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.



Wednesday, 6 February, 7 pm, Auditorium.  College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.


Tuesday, 26 February, 7 pm, Madison High School Auditorium.  WTW joins Fairfax, Oakton, and Madison High Schools to provide this informative evening.  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 presentation to provide individual information and materials.  Although valuable for all high school students and families, this program is especially important for Juniors because the application process begins the spring of the Junior year.


This article talks about the SAT, but the information is valid for both ACT and SAT: http://www.linkforcounselors.com/checklist-your-students-can-use-1-week-prior-to-taking-or-re-taking-the-sat-test/.



FAFSA Completion Clinics are still available to give support with filing the FAFSA.  Families are urged to file six weeks before the earliest college deadline.  Visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3722.



6 February, 11 am – 6 pm - Join the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine and all 9 of the US Colleges of Podiatric Medicine for this free Virtual Fair.  Register now to get updates on special guest speakers, free give-a-ways and the schedule of events.  To register, visit http://www.aacpm.org/becoming-a-podiatric-physician/events/.



8 – 12 July, Middleburg, VA – A Place to Be is a Loudoun nonprofit that works with people with disabilities, mental health issues, and medical illnesses through the clinical practice of music therapy and expressive arts.  This summer they are offering its 2nd annual leadership camp to rising Juniors and Seniors in Fairfax County that are not often in leadership positions but who possess the potential to thrive.  This may include teens that need assistance building self-esteem, confidence, and gaining essential leadership skills; teens that have struggled with bullying and social isolation who are ready to use their story to help others; or teens with disabilities or medical complications who rarely get the opportunity to lead but have the capability within them if given the chance.  Only two students per school will be nominated.  The camp is FREE thanks to a generous grant.  If you would like to be nominated, speak to your counselor by 15 February.

FULLY CHARGED FOR COLLEGE provides free Apple computers to eligible low-income high school Seniors entering college.  Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending a participating high school (Woodson is one), receiving a free or reduced lunch, and applying to a four-year college.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.fullychargedforcollege.org/students/The application deadline is 1 March


May-AugustVirginia State Parks and Americorps offer the Interpretive Trail Program for members 17 and older to develop and deliver educational programming about the environment.  This programming aims to expand the knowledge of invasive and native species and recruit other volunteers.  Members commit to 450 hours of service from May – August and in return receive a variety of benefits including $835 monthly living allowance, CPR/AED certification, specialized interpretive training, and (upon successful completion of the program) a $1,612 Education Award.  Get all the details and apply at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/ameri-corpsApplications are filled on a rolling basis.  The application process will close on 27 March or when 150 applications have been received, whichever comes first.


Session 1: 23 June-13 July, Session 2: 21 July-10 AugustVirginia State Parks is now accepting applications from high school students for crewmember positions.  Each of the YCC crews is comprised of 10 youth, ages 14-17 from diverse backgrounds, and three adult crew leaders.  Teams will live in Virginia’s state parks, for 3-week sessions, in a structured program of work and learning, closely supervised by professional park staff and volunteers.  By day, crews carry out priority park development and maintenance projects, and after hours they take part in planned environmental education, team-building, and recreational activities.  Weekends consists of adventure training which can include, depending on park location, caving, canoeing, bouldering, nature hikes, etc.  Meals, housing, and a program completion stipend of $500 for participants.  Although no prior experience is necessary, the program is outdoors, service-based, and physically demanding and is NOT summer camp.  Applications and program details are available at http://bit.ly/2018YCC.  Two references must be included.  The application deadline is March 5.


30 June – 19 July, George Washington University, Washington, DC – The Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at the George Washington University, in Washington D.C. sponsors Caminos al Futuro, a fully-funded, selective pre-college and residential summer program for rising Seniors in U.S. high schools.  During 3-week intensive program, Caminos scholars examine the social, economic, and political transformations affecting the Hispanic/Latino community. Through lectures by university professors and expert leaders in their fields, scholars not only learn about pressing contemporary issues but also create their own project to bring change in their own communities.  Admission to the program is competitive and space this is limited. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic performance and record of service and leadership within Hispanic or Latinx communities.  All fees, transportation to and from Washington DC, room and board, materials, and program-related activities are covered.  For more information and to apply, visit https://summer.gwu.edu/caminosThe application deadline is 1 March.


23 February – 6 April, Tuesdays (6:30-9:00 pm) and Saturdays (9:30-12 pm), Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA – Edu-Futuro is a nonprofit organization working to empower low-income Latino and other immigrant youth through education, leadership, and engagement of their families to become the next generation of successful professionals who transform their community.  Edu-Futuro is a year-long program with sessions in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.  The current, 12-session workshop series offers participants the opportunity to gain leadership skills, prepare for college, build a resume and network, connect with mentors, become more confident, compete for scholarships, and get involved in the community.  It also offers a $500 scholarship and an opportunity to participate in a speech competition.  Apply for this spring session at https://tinyurl.com/LeaderSpring19The application deadline is 17 February. 


15 June – 26 July, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school Juniors or Seniors in the upcoming school year. ESP is a rigorous academic summer program designed to attract academically talented women and students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of engineering. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.  To take part in ESP, applicants must have a strong interest in math and engineering, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be a current Sophomore or Junior in high school, have completed at least one year of algebra, geometry, and chemistry, and have a minimum unweighted grade-point average of 3.0.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/diversity-programs/engineering-summer-program/The application deadline is 1 April.


July - August (Dates vary by program), Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Public Access offers one-week teen radio camps and two-week television camps for teens at a low cost.  At the radio camp, students will learn to use the WRLD radio student equipment and learn procedures on how to conduct a radio show at the station.  Students will work to create a 1-hour radio show with segments on news, traffic, and student selected themes.  The TV camps consist of either a television studio production camp or a field production documentary-style camp.  Students will learn about the equipment and crew positions to create a successful TV project with the goal of creating a 30-minute program.  The radio camp is $350, and the TV camps are $500.  A 10% early registration discount will be applied to enrollments completed by 31 March, and a 5% early registration discount will be applied to enrollments received by 31 May.  For more information including specific camp dates, visit https://www.fcac.org/summer-camp-registration-forms.


Dates and locations vary – This three-week program for graduating Seniors provides a space for young, aspiring computer scientists to succeed by connecting incoming freshmen with like-minded peers and Google engineers.  Components of the program include a specially designed project-based curriculum that includes HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Python and Google App Engine to help prepare students for their first year of college computer science, daily developmental sessions to help you prepare for CS studies and future job opportunities, opportunities to interact directly with Google engineers, and a 10:1 student-to-teach ratio to provide a personal learning experience. Commuter students will receive a travel stipend (this will usually cover all or almost all of your travel expenses) and will be provided lunch. Residential students will have their housing, transportation, and meals covered for the duration of the program.  For more information including eligibility requirements and how to choose a program, visit https://buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com/programs/computer-science-summer-institute/The application deadline is 18 March.


18-21 July, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – Approximately 150 Hispanic students from across the Commonwealth will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access during this four-day, three-night program.  During this FREE program, students will participate in a STEM day, attend college and career workshops, network with Hispanic professionals, meet with college admissions officers, learn about conflict management and civic engagement, interact with near-peer mentors, listen to inspirational speakers, and compete for scholarships.  To apply and get more information, email hci@valhen.org.


14 - 19 July, Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management, Illinois State University, Normal. IL – The Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management provides, at no cost, on-campus room and board, field trips, and career information materials for 20 – 21 African American and Native American students. Each student also receives a $200 stipend to cover transportation and incidental expenses. Participants will tour the Illinois State University campus, hear insurance, analysts, and actuaries explain what they do, take field trips to observe professionals at work, meet Illinois State University students, talk to professionals about career and job opportunities in analytics, learn about Illinois State University, learn more about the Department of Mathematics, learn more about the Actuarial Science Program, and learn more about the Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management.  For more information and to apply, visit https://business.illinoisstate.edu/katie/outreach/minority.shtmlThe application deadline is 1 April.


29 June – 9 August, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA - The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) is a six-week residential summer program at Carnegie Mellon University for minoritized student groups interested in pursuing STEM-related undergraduate majors. The program offers two distinct cohorts for rising Seniors and a smaller cohort for rising Juniors. Admitted students engage in a rigorous curriculum taught by faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success. Selected students have an opportunity to choose from a Science and Engineering track or a Computer Science track. Both tracks allow students to develop deeper understanding in areas such as mathematics, physics, and computer programming via traditional classroom instruction and hands-on projects.  Students admitted to the Summer Academy of Math and Science will NOT be charged tuition, housing, or dining fees. However, a nonrefundable commitment deposit is required upon acceptance to the program. This deposit will be credited to the students’ account to utilize at their discretion after arrival to campus. Lastly, SAMS Scholars are responsible for books, supplies, transportation, and selected recreational expenses.  Students should expect to budget approximately $300 for books, supplies, and expenses outside of transportation.  A limited number of scholarships are available for transportation and book costs. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Scholarship applications are made available upon request to the SAMS Office.  For more information and to apply, visit https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/access-samsThe application deadline is 15 February.



May/June – July/August (depending on student’s school schedule) - The Department of Education (ED) offers unpaid internships for students interested in seeking work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. The Department works to tailor each intern's experience to the interests and skills of the interns against the needs of Department offices. In the past, students have completed projects focusing on policy analysis and evaluation, research, finance, public affairs and communications, community outreach, intergovernmental relations, legislative affairs, news media, legal work, and a host of other projects.  Candidates should indicate which offices most interest them in their application.  Availability of internships within given offices varies throughout the year, and some offices require specialized subject knowledge to qualify.  Applicants should be at least 16 years of age, enrolled in an accredited educational institution, and have permission from their educational institution to participate.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/job/intern/index.htmlThe application deadline for summer internships is 15 March.


KEEN (KIDS ENJOY EXERCISE NOW), various locations in northern Virginia – Keen Greater DC is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in their community, enjoy working with children, and are at least 15 years old.  KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness, and fun led by volunteer coaches.  Volunteer programs include:

  • KEEN Zumba, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Bowling, Bowl America in Falls Church, First and Third Saturday of the month, 12:30-3:00 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Vienna, Kilmer Center School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 2:45-4:30 pm
  • KEEN Sports in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am-1:15 pm
  • KEEN Music in Springfield, Irving Middle School, First and Third Sunday of the month, 10:00 am -1:15 pm

For more information, visit www.keengreaterdc.org.  For questions, email Denise Vereno at keengrde.denise@gmail.com or call at 703.718.6522.



9 March, 1 – 3 pm, W.T. Woodson High School – The 2019 Fairfax County Teen Job Fair and Resume Building Workshops will focus on student job seekers (approximately ages 16 to 18) looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, or volunteer experiences. It is open to all teens in Fairfax County looking for employment or wanting tips to build their resume. Volunteer opportunities and resume building workshops will be available for younger students looking to begin to build their resume.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs to discover all available Teen Job Fairs and to register.


4129 Village Court, Annandale, VA – Atlantic Pool Service, Inc. is a commercial pool management firm which operates outdoor pools in all areas of Northern Virginia.  Atlantic is currently offering summer employment to students who are interested in being lifeguards or pool managers.  Full-time and part-time positions (up to $14 an hour) are available at the following locations:  Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston, Springfield, and Vienna.  Visit the website at www.atlanticpoolservice.net to download an application or call the office at 703-941-1000 to request an application or to schedule an interview.


9800 Commonwealth Blvd., Fairfax, VA – Commonwealth Swim Club is seeking

  • Lifeguards, pool operators, and pool managers for summer 2019.  Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and have current Red Cross Lifeguard Certification (or be in the process of training).  Flexible scheduling is available.  Salary ranges from $8-15 per hour depending on experience.  To receive an application and set up an interview, email Supervisor Sandy Veatch sveatch@msn.com.
  • An assistant dive coach for their NVSL dive team for summer 2019.  An older high school student (Junior or Senior) with competitive club and/or high school diving experience is preferred. Applicant must also enjoy working with younger children and can bring enthusiasm and spirit to the team.  Assistant dive coach salary starts at $750, but depends on experience.  To apply, contact Kathryn Fox at cudasvp@gmail.com.


9411-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke – Mathnasium of Burke currently has openings of highly skilled and motivated instructors who have strong math backgrounds and good communication skills.  Candidates must like and work well with children from grades 1 to 12.  Hours are available after school and during the summer.  Compensation starts between $8 -$12/hour and bonuses are available.  This position is ideal for students.  Sophomores and Juniors are preferred.


10726 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax – Looking for a sweet job?  Rita’s Italian Ice of Fairfax is re-opening 1 March and is hiring Treat Team Members for the upcoming 2019 Season.  If you are fun, hard-working, and like being around people, you are an ideal candidate.  For more details and to apply, visit www.ritasfranchises.com/stores/store.cfm?store=2861&p=jobs.



8 February, 10 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1 - Room 100, 2334 Gallows Road Dunn Loring, VA - Dr. Lisa Batemen, Neuroscience, Inc., presents this workshop sharing information on school refusal. Highlights include symptoms of school refusal, including behavioral symptoms, and patterns of behavior. Dr. Batemen will also share information on the differences between school refusal and truancy, causes of school refusal, strategies for parents and resources to help support students.  Discover all Parent Resource Center workshops and register at: https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/28019.


23 February, 8:30 am – 12:15 pm – Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA - Planning for Elementary, Middle and High School Students: Start Smart and Finish Strong. This workshop is for parents and educators of students receiving special education services. Learn about Career and Transition Services (CTS) programming and course options for students with disabilities. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support services, employment and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success and in-school CTS supports that are available to all Fairfax County Public School students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their personal experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. FCPS Educators register on MyPLT to receive 4.5 re-certification points.  Discover all Parent Resource Center workshops and register at: https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/node/28019.



Each year Alpha Phi Beta Kappa awards three $1,000 scholarships to D.C. area Seniors.  Applicants must have a 3.5 or better GPA, show a commitment to the values and mission of Phi Beta Kappa, including academic achievement, community involvement/service, and a dedication to the liberal arts and sciences.  Completed applications must include: extracurricular activities, community involvement, a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, and an essay/personal statement that discusses:  “Love of learning is the guide of life.”  Please describe the impact that learning – especially in the liberal arts and sciences – has had on your life thus far, and how you anticipate a college education furthering your goals.  Recipients will also submit a copy of the letter of acceptance from the college they will attend.  Visit https://dcpbk.org/programs/high-school-scholarships/


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia provides three $5,000 Ashworth Grogan Scholarships to high school Seniors who have applied to NVCC or NVCC students to pursue an advanced certification or degree in the education and health field.  Applicants must be residents of Northern Virginia, have a 2.5 or better GPA, and demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing, and a brief essay regarding financial need, academic goals, how the scholarship will help to advance their educational goals, and what other financial aid (scholarships, loans, work study, etc.) have been awarded to the applicant.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/ashworth-grogan-scholarship for more information.  Applicants will have to use the sign in button in the application page and will need the VCCS email they receive when applying to NVCC.  Completed applications are due 25 February.


The Auxiliary of Inova Fairfax Medical Campus will award $4,000 healthcare scholarships to Fairfax County Seniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who have been accepted for a full-time undergraduate course of study in a healthcare field by an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.  Completed applications must include a completed application form, a transcript, a list and description of extracurriculars, a copy of the letter of acceptance to the post-secondary institution you will attend, two recommendations (one from a counselor or teacher), and a statement of interest in your chosen healthcare field and an explanation of how you plan to prepare for this career (≤ 200 words).  Visit https://www.inova.org/upload/docs/Get%20Involved/Volunteer/IFH/ifmc-auxiliary-scholarship.pdf for more details and an application.  Completed applications are due 1 May.


The Vision Scholarship Program offers five scholarships of $3,000, renewable up to four years/$12,000, to dependent children of Booz Allen Hamilton employees who are between the ages of 16 and 25 and pursuing an undergraduate college degree at an accredited college/university.  Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, character, citizenship, loyalty, integrity, participation in extracurricular activities, and a recommendation.  Completed applications must include a transcript, GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, a recommendation, and three essays (≤350 words) chosen from four topics: (1) Describe a significant event in your life that proved to be challenging and tell us how it has influenced your growth and maturity. (2) Tell about an influential person in your life and how that person has impacted you and helped to contribute to your success.  (3) Describe a leadership role that you have held. Share the difference you made for others in that role as well as what outcomes your leadership drove.  (4) please choose one Core Value and share how it demonstrates your individual passion to influence change: (a) unflinching courage, (b) passionate service, (c) ferocious integrity, (d) collective ingenuity, (e) champion's heart.  Applicants are encouraged to allow adequate time to complete everything.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/booz-allen-hamilton-vision-scholarship for details and the application.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm 14 March.


Capital One will award a $5,000 scholarship to a Senior who is the dependent of an active duty service member or a service member in the Reserves or National Guard but not a Capital One employee or employee family member.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, be a resident of or attend high school in Virginia, and plan to attend college in the Fall of 2019.  Completed applications must include your GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, three short-answer questions and one essay: (1) What would you like to study in college/university? Do you know what type of career you want to pursue?  Describe your educational and career goals.  (2) How do you spend your time when you’re not working on schoolwork or participating in school-related activities? Describe your outside interests and extra-curricular activities.  (3) How would this scholarship impact your educational goals?  (4) In approximately 300 words, describe how being a military dependent has helped you impact your community in an area of service, leadership or values.  A transcript may be required if the application moves forward.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CapitalOneVAMilitaryScholarship for details and an application.  Completed applications are due 30 April.


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will award five $4,000 scholarships to dependent children of active/retired police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties.  Applicants must be planning or attending a two- or four-year accredited college/university and demonstrate academic achievement and good citizenship.  Completed applications must include a transcript, GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, four of your most significant activities, an essay (up to 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.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/charles-homer-barton-memorial-scholarship for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm, 2 April.


The Virginia Aviation Business Association will award a scholarship of $2,000 to a Senior or college student who is pursuing an aviation-related career at an accredited institution.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA in their last full year of study and be accepted into an aviation-related post-secondary education program.  A completed application must include two recommendations (preferably at least one from someone in the aviation industry), an official transcript, proof of acceptance into an accredited aviation program, and an essay (250-500 words) discussing: Why I Wish to Pursue a Career in Aviation or Why Aviation is important to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Eligible career paths include (but are not limited to) piloting, aviation maintenance, aviation management, air traffic control, aerospace engineering and aviation operations.  Consideration may also be given to any additional factors or criteria that an applicant may wish to present to the scholarship committee by submission of an additional statement of no more than 250 words.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.thevaba.org/scholarship.    Completed applications are due 12 April.


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Fairfax Alumnae Chapter will award scholarships to African American female Seniors who are residents of Fairfax County who are planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university.  Applicants must demonstrate a 3.0 or better GPA, leadership, and community service.  Completed applications must include a resumé showing involvement in school activities, community service, and/or athletics; a recommendation on official letterhead; an official transcript; and an essay on one of 5 topics (definition and significance of diversity, specific female African American heroes in modern settings, finding order in disorder, your happiest environment, or advice for the U.S. President).  Finalists will be interviewed.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.fcacdst.org/scholarship-application.   Completed applications are due by 22 February. 


The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia will award two $5,000 scholarships renewable up to 4 years (total $20,000) to Northern Virginia (including Fairfax) Seniors planning a major course of study related to the field of medicine at an accredited college or university.  Selection will be based on academics ( must have a 2.5 or better GPA), financial need, dedication to the field of medicine, and community service.  Completed applications must include a transcript, ACT/SAT test scores, projected college, EFC from your FAFSA filing, description of up to six activities, and three essays: (1) Provide a statement or other information that you wish the committee to consider regarding your financial need for a scholarship (350 words of less.) (2) explain how you became interested in the field of medicine. What type of career do you plan to pursue, and what are your goals?( 400 words or less)  (3) What else would you like the scholarship committee to consider in evaluating you as an individual? Include any personal information that would help in interpreting your academic record or you as an individual (350 words or less).  Visit Naviance Student or https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/55416-The-Community-Foundation-For-Northern-Virginia for more details and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm 2 April.


The Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA) will award sixteen $1,000 scholarships to Hispanic Seniors from Fairfax County Public Schools who are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education (first-generation).  Applicants must identify his/her career choice and the post secondary institution he/she will attend which must be an accredited two- or four-year college/university or technical school.  Completed applications must include the official application form; two recommendations; a transcript; current class schedule; a resume showing interest, hobbies, activities, and evidence of leadership/participation in clubs/organizations; and a personal statement which addresses one of the following topics: (1) a meaningful experience and how it changed you, (2) where you are from and how that has shaped your educational experience, (3) an obstacle you may have overcome and how you did it, (4) a significant work experience, or educational and career goals and how you decided on those goals. Scholarship winners will be recognized at a banquet in early May.  Visit Naviance Student for details and an application.  Completed applications are due 8 March.


Inova Fair Oaks Auxiliary will award eight $3,000 scholarships to students pursuing a clinical healthcare field at an accredited two- or four-year college/university or vocational/trade school.  Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, resident of Fairfax County or work in Fairfax County, a graduating Fairfax County Senior, or employee/volunteer/dependent of Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.  Completed applications must include proof of citizenship, intended area of study, resume/list of activities/community service in the last two years, two recommendations, an official transcript, a statement discussing how the scholarship will help meet financial need, and an essay (≤ 300 words) in which you specify your goals upon completing your education.  Semi-finalists will be interviewed.  Visit Naviance Student for more details and to apply. Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on 1 March.


The Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) awards $1,000 to a Senior in Northern Virginia who has been a member of the FPYC and is planning post secondary education.  A completed application includes a transcript, the number of years in FPYC, list of sports participated in with FPYC, extra activities within FPYC (such as coaching, volunteer work), and an essay (1 page limit) in which you: Introduce yourself to the evaluation committee. Include your FPYC Experience, college choice, future goals & objectives.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.fpycsports.com/scholarships/application. Completed applications are due 1 May.


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will award two $5,000 renewable (to 4 years/$20,000) scholarships to Seniors in Northern Virginia who plan to pursue a career in education and demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must plan full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university.  Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, community service, and a dedication to the field of education.  Completed applications must include a transcript, GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, proposed college, EFC, a copy of the SAR from a FAFSA filing, details of up to six activities, and up to three essays discussing: (1) Provide a statement or other information that you wish the committee to consider regarding your financial need for a scholarship (350 words of less.)  (2) Submit a short essay (400 words or less) 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?   (3) What else would you like the scholarship committee to consider in evaluating you as an individual? Include any personal information that would help in interpreting your academic record or understanding you as an individual (350 words or less).  Visit https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/rose-koury-scholarship or Naviance Student for details and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 5 pm, 2 April.


The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will award two $2,000 scholarships to students who are or will be pursuing an accredited degree program in law enforcement or security (criminal justice, etc.)  Applicants must be residents of Northern Virginia (including Fairfax County) and have a 2.5 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include a transcript, GPA, projected college choice, information on up to six activities, and two essays in which you: (1) provide a statement or other information that you wish the committee to consider regarding your financial need for a scholarship (350 words of less.) and (2) submit a short essay (400 words or less) 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?  For details and an application, visit Naviance Student or https://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation-managed/vance-international-scholarshipCompleted applications must be received by 5 pm, 2 April.


The Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Educational Foundation, Inc. will award four $1,000 scholarships to statewide winners who are Seniors or college students with a 3.0 or better GPA.  Students majoring in or Seniors planning to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies are eligible to apply.  Completed applications must include a transcript, three recommendations, environmental leadership and activity experience, other leadership and activity experience, any volunteer and paid experience, minimal financial information, and an essay (~500 – 600 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?  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/college-scholarship-conservation-environmentCompleted applications must be received by 8 March.


The Virginia Council on Women awards scholarships of at least $5,000 based on a STEM essay contest.  Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors who are women or identify as a women and  who are Virginia residents enrolled in a Virginia-based high school planning to pursue a STEM major at an institution of higher education.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and write an original essay of 700 -1,000 words which should include why you want to pursue a STEM career and education as well as proper citations.  (Bibliography is not part of the word count).  Visit https://www.judgify.me/VirginiaCouncilonWomenSTEMEssayContest for more information.  Completed applications are due by 22 February. 


Fairfax County Retired Educators will award multiple $2,000 scholarships to FCPS Seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or better who plan to attend, full-time, a college or university offering a teacher education program leading to certification and who plan to teach after graduation.  Applicants must submit a transcript, a resume of school and community activities with emphasis on activities with children and active leadership (not limited to holding office) and a recommendation from an educator focused on your interest in teaching.  In addition, applicants must submit three short essays: (1) Why do you want to be a teacher?  (2) Choose one of the activities in which you have been involved and indicate how it demonstrates the qualities you will bring to teaching.  (3) Choose one (or more) of your best teachers and identify the qualities that has made him/her a standout, and a fourth, optional essay: Are there other considerations of which we should be aware ‒ financial need, family health concerns, other family circumstances?  Completed applications will also include a signed photo and the publicity release for winners which is part of the application. For more information visit Naviance Student or www.fcre.org/scholarship.html (scroll down for the application).  WTW may nominate two students. Applications must be submitted to the Career Center by 4 March.


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


Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3687.




Discover financial aid information session, FAFSA completion clinics / assistance opportunities and general information that will benefit your financial aid process: https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3722.


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


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


Find a listing of Internships and Apprenticeships at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/work-and-careers/internships-apprenticeships-listing.


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.


Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3691.


Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3690.


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