WTW College & Career Center Newsletter

8 February 2019

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TEEN JOB FAIR AND RESUME BUILDING WORKSHOPS

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.  To help ensure the best preparation, students are asked to register at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teen-job-fair-student-registration.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY AND ROTC INFORMATION NIGHT

Tuesday, 26 February, 7 pm, Madison High School Auditorium.  Students interested in serving as officers in the U.S. armed forces will want to attend this information session.  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.

GREAT TED TALK

Increase your conversational skills and learn how to really listen.  Check out the Ted Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6n3iNh4XLI.

DON’T FORGET

FAFSA COMPLETION CLINICS

ONE FAFSA Completion Clinic is 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.

NEW COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO & OPEN HOUSE

13 April, 11 am – 2 pm, Northern Virginia Community College Medical Education Campus, 6699 Springfield Center Dr., Springfield, VA 22150 – Attend NOVA’s free Open House & Community Health Expo to learn about the careers the Medical Education Campus can offer you.  Meet with NOVA students and faculty who can answer your questions and help you start your health sciences degree or certification.  Academic advisors and information sessions and tours will also be available.  In addition, free health screenings and local healthcare providers will also be on hand with healthy lifestyle ideas.  Visit https://mecopenhouse2019.eventbrite.com to register.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

AIM SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE U.S. COAST GUARD ACADEMY

7-12 July, 14-19 July, or 21-26 July, New London, CT - The Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) is a one-week summer program for rising high school Seniors.  Students will be immersed in life at the Coast Guard Academy and will help to discover whether the Academy experience is truly what the student wants from college.  Tuition, room, and board for the week is $525 and includes supplies, equipment, and uniforms.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.uscga.edu/aim/The application deadline is 1 April.

CITY YEAR

Dates and locations vary – City Year partners with schools to help bridge the gap by providing diverse, talented and trained young adult tutors, mentors and role models who work alongside teachers to support student success.  City Year AmeriCorps members build strong, “near-peer” relationships with high school students and provide academic and social-emotional support.  For specific information including cities served and other details, interested students must create an account at https://www.cityyear.org/.  The application deadline is 1 March.

NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP

27 June - 20 July, National Youth Science Center, Davis, WV.  The National Youth Science Foundation provides a residential science education program for STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school.  Participants learn from lectures and hands-on experiences, as well as the outdoors of West Virginia.  Two students from each state are chosen to participate for free.  To learn more about the program, visit http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/Applications are due 28 February.

NC STATE WILSON COLLEGE OF TEXTILES SUMMER TEXTILE EXPLORATION PROGRAM (STEP)

16-21 June, 23-28 June, 7-12 July, 14-19 July, or 21-26 July, NC State University, Raleigh, NC -  The Wilson College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) consists of one-week sessions for rising high school Seniors interested in learning about the textile industry, fashion, engineering, polymer science, and business marketing.  Up to 30 or 35 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, interest in NC State Wilson College of Textiles, and extracurricular activities. Participants will live in one of NC State’s residence halls.  Students participate in sessions learning about the five degree programs offered in the Wilson College of Textiles, applying to NC State University, Centennial Scholarship, future internship and job opportunities, and visit local textile companies.  The program cost is $250 which includes lodging, transportation during the program, materials, and several meals during the program. Students are encouraged to bring approximately $150 in spending money to cover meals and evening activities not covered by the program fee. Students in need of financial assistance can submit a fee waiver after completing the STEP application.  For more information and to apply, visit https://textiles.ncsu.edu/step/The application deadline is 1 April.

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY YOUTH THEOLOGY INSTITUTE (SUYTI)

14-27 July, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA and American University, Washington, DC - Shenandoah University’s Youth Theology Institute is an intensive two-week program designed to help rising high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors become better leaders through deep and thought-provoking experiences.  Academic study and religious reflection will be balanced with immersive experiences.  Students will be exposed to different faith traditions, service opportunities, and a mixture of rural, wilderness, and urban contexts at Shenandoah’s Winchester campus and the American University campus in Washington, DC. The Youth Theology Institute is also a 3-credit undergraduate course taught by engaging religion faculty and focused on exploring Christian vocation in the 21st century. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive credit for the course at Shenandoah University.  Cost for the two-week summer session is only $200 as it is highly subsidized by a grant.  This will be the last year the institute will be offered at this reduced cost.  For questions, contact the Director of the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute Rev. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger at (540) 665-5453 or at cpreunin@su.edu.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.su.edu/youththeologyThe application deadline is 1 May, but students are accepted on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.

SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS (SWE) HIGH SCHOOL VISITATION (HSV)

30 March, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA – The UVA Society of Women engineers invites Virginia female Juniors to apply to this program in which they can experience what it's like to be an engineering student at UVA.  Students will spend the day participating in activities such as lab tours, a majors fair, design activity, and a professional panel. These events can help students decide if they would like to pursue STEM in the future.  Interested students may also be given the opportunity to stay overnight in a UVA dorm with a SWE member. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering during the essay will receive priority acceptance due to space limitations.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.virginiaswe.org/hsvThe application deadline is 4 March.

NEW INTERNSHIPS

MITRE TECHNICAL AIDE - SUMMER INTERNSHIP

17 June – 9 August.  Mitre Corporation offers summer internships for high school students who are U.S. citizens interested in learning, networking, and fun.  Interns assist and collaborate with senior staff in summer research topics such as: nanotechnology, health sciences, artificial intelligence/deep learning, data analytics, cyber security, computer vision, remote sensing, GPS technology, and robotics.  Applicants must commit to the entire 8-week program, 40 hours/week.  Applicants must also be rising Sophomores or Juniors, have a 3.0 or better GPA, and an interest in Mitre’s technical areas.  Although not required, prior experience in Python or Matlab software is helpful.  Visit http://f.rfer.us/MITRE_dH5rx to get all the details and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by or before 15 March.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SPRINGFIELD MUSIC CLUB MUSIC FESTIVAL

8-9 March, First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary Street, Springfield – The Springfield Music Club is looking for volunteers for its Spring Festival.  The Spring Festival is a yearly performance opportunity for young musicians.  It is a national event with several thousand students participating in Virginia.  Volunteers are called pages and are needed to make the event successful.  Students from 4th – 12th grade may volunteer for as little as one hour or as many as twelve hours.  Volunteers are needed on: (1) March 8th at 4:00 pm (2 or 3 students to help set up) and from 5:30 to 9:30 pm; and, (2) March 9th from 8 am to 5:30 pm (lunch is provided for volunteers at 12 pm).  (3) Some students are needed to stay late for cleanup.  Pages must arrive 20 minutes prior to their scheduled paging time and must check-in with the Page Chairman where they will be given a sash and name tag to wear. Pages should dress nicely (no jeans or sneakers) and should bring either homework or a book to read.  To volunteer, email Robyn Troncoso at robyn.troncoso@gmail.com with your name, grade, number of hours, specific time requests, and any questions.  Students that need service hours should bring their forms, or be prepared to discuss WTW’s x2VOL system for volunteer hour record-keeping.  Students should return to the Page Chairman to get their forms signed.  Students who volunteer and parents of those who volunteer are asked to make a serious commitment as last-minute cancellations and no-shows are very difficult to deal with.

NEW WORKSHOPS

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING YOUTH CONFERENCE

17 February, 9 am – 2 pm, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA – This conference for middle and high school students will provide participants with tips on pursuing an engineering degree and an opportunity to network with guest speakers, future engineers, and IT professionals.  Hands-on activities include opportunities to design and build structures, learn about smart home technologies, apply computer science to solve problems in medicine, and more.  For more information, including an agenda and to register for this free event, visit https://ist.gmu.edu/EngineeringConference/.  Parents must register and attend with their child if their student is a minor.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY INCOMING FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP

The American Nuclear Society awards four $1,000 scholarships to Seniors who enroll in a full-time college STEM program and plan to pursue a career in nuclear science and technology.  Students must plan on studying some aspect of nuclear science and technology, including environmental science, human factors, instrumentation and controls, geographic areas, materials science and technology, nuclear power, nuclear criticality safety, public education, radioanalytical chemistry/analytical chemistry, or reactor physics.  Application includes school information, ACT/SAT test scores, GPA, transcript, additional education or training, 2 references, leadership, honors and awards, employment, and a personal statement in which you describe in 500 words or less what made you choose a career in nuclear science/engineering/technology.  Address the following questions in your statement:  In what aspect of nuclear science/engineering/technology do you plan to concentrate, and why?  How far do you expect to go with your formal education, and why?  For further information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.ans.org/honors/scholarships/Completed applications are due 1 April.

ANCHOR SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Anchor Scholarship Foundation awards $2,000 to Senior or college student dependents of US Navy Sailors (enlisted or officer).  Applicants must plan to pursue their first bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university in the U.S., be ≤ 22 years old.  Please check online for exact sponsor requirements.  Applicants are assessed on academics, character, extracurriculars, and financial need.  Completed applications must include: proof of relationship to naval sponsor, school information, essays, three recommendations, and transcripts.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.anchorscholarshipapplication.com/Welcome.php.  Step one of the application must be completed by 1 March. 

BELVOIR ENLISTED SPOUSES’ CLUB (BESC) MILITARY DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Belvoir Enlisted Spouses’ Club awards scholarships of $500 - $2,000 to child dependents and spouses of military personnel residing in the National Capital Region who plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or vocational-technical institution during the 2019-2020 academic year.  Applicants will be assessed on educational goals, character, need, self-motivational factors, extracurricular activities, and interests.  Applicants must have a valid military ID.  A completed application must include: extracurricular involvement, awards, copy of most recent transcript; proof of household income; copy of proof of military affiliation; two recommendations attesting to your academic, professional, and social character; any special considerations; and a 500-700 word essay answering the question How has your experience as a military dependent shaped your world view?  For more details, visit Naviance Student or http://www.belvoiresc.org/scholarships. Application is due 1 April.

IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIP

The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America awards $5,000 (renewable up to four years or $20,000) to a Senior who will graduate from specified areas in Northern Virginia including Fairfax County and who plan to study environmental science or a related field at an accredited 2- or 4- year institution.  Applicants will be assessed on financial need, academic achievement, character, community achievements or activities, and demonstrated ability to succeed in college.  A completed application must include a letter stating intended course of study, environmental activities including school, church, or community groups such as 4H or scouts, leadership, a list of awards for environmental activities, a list of scholarships applied for/awarded, short answers to: Why do you desire to continue your education?  Why do you feel you need financial assistance?  Please state any efforts you personally have made towards your college expenses.  Include such things as personal savings and employment you have had, and an essay (max 500 words) expressing your purposes, ambitions and values in life, and Please list any other pertinent information that may be of interest to the scholarship committee.  Include such items as jobs you have held or special projects in which you may have been involved. Parent section includes occupation, family and other dependents’ information, financial information, estimated educational costs, estimated financial aid, loans, approval of the applicant’s planned field of study, and any other financial information or special hardships. For more details, visit http://www.arlingtonfairfax-iwla.org/Scholarships.phps.  Please ask your counselor about a recommendation ASAP.  Applications need to be completed and returned to the Career Center by 15 March. 

LOCKHEED MARTIN STEM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Lockheed Martin will award 200 scholarships of $10,000 (renewable to $40,000) and planned Mentoring opportunities to Seniors or college students studying engineering or computer science who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.  Applicants must also have: U.S. citizenship, 3.5 or better GPA, plan full-time enrollment at an accredited four-year college or university, major in Engineering or a related major (Aerospace, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical/Computer, Computer, Systems, Computer Science, Math, Physics, Information Systems/Management Information Systems, or Information Assurance.)  Applicants must be willing to consider a paid internship with Lockheed Martin following freshman, sophomore, or junior year of college.  Preference will be given to candidates who attend or plan to attend a Lockheed Martin partner institution, have taken Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses in high school, have demonstrated leadership capabilities such as volunteerism, mentoring younger students, STEM-focused extracurricular activities, or work experience, have a compelling personal story and/or family circumstances (including military).  Additional consideration will be given to women, people of color, individuals living with a disability, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, and those who will be first generation college students.  Registration is required to access all details.  For further information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/communities/stem-education/lm-scholarship-program.html. Applications are due 12 March.

WORK ETHIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Work Ethic Scholarship program awards a “modest pile of money” to people who pursue learning a skilled trade. Applicants must enroll in an approved trade program learning one of the following: automotive technology, aviation technology, carpentry, commercial driving, construction, diesel technology, electrical technology, farming/agriculture, fire science & technology, heavy equipment operation, HVAC, machinery, manufacturing, marine technology, pipefitting, plumbing, or welding.  A completed application includes signing a SWEAT worldview pledge, three short answers, an essay, two references from bosses or teachers, a short video, school cost verification, high school transcript, and financial information.  Registration is required to find all requirements.  This application may require a bit of time.  Don’t delay.  For further information and to apply, visit Naviance Student or https://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/. Applications are due 28 March.

COMPILATIONS

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

COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

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

COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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

ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

INTERNSHIP and APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Find an easy-to-read listing of scholarships below the important scholarship information at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/scholarships/school-independent-scholarships-contests.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

WORKSHOPS

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