WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

27 March 2020

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
March 27, 2020

FCPS CONTINITY OF LEARNING FCPS has posted a number of interesting options for students to continue learning.  If you haven’t already discovered their posting, check it out at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/40447.

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 document 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

AMAZING TEACHERS

It’s new, different, and exciting.  Your teachers are working hard to ensure you can continue to learn what you need to know.  Your classroom will be different, but your teachers are striving to make it work.  Do your part to make your classes good for everyone.  Follow whatever class rules your teacher sets.

AP EXAMS ARE COMING

College Board is still be giving AP exams.  Because they want you to do well, they are providing on-line support in addition to any support offered by your teacher.  Visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update for information and a link to AP preparation information.

CAREER CENTER SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships that are to be returned to the Career Center must now be submitted via email.  Watch for possible changes for any of these scholarships.  Meanwhile, plan to submit everything electronically by the deadline to Mrs. Ishii at @email.

CHECK BEFORE GOING

Numerous activities, conferences, seminars, and workshops have been cancelled or postponed.  Always check before going to any event.

EXTENDED COLLEGE CHOICE DEADLINES CAUTION

Some colleges have extended the deadline to accept offers of admission.  However, it is important to check with your preferred college to meet that college’s deadline because many are adhering to the traditional 1 May.  Visit https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/ to discover a list of colleges that may have extended their deadline and double-check that list to ensure your decision is honored.

FCPS CONTINITY OF LEARNING

FCPS has posted a number of interesting options for students to continue learning.  If you haven’t already discovered their posting, check it out at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/40447.

GET YOUR TRANSCRIPT

Mrs. Graybill, our transcript professional, will take care of your transcript needs online.  She must know exactly what you need:   Do you need an unofficial transcript?   Do you need her to send an official transcript?  She needs a transcript release form which  can be found in Naviance Student Document Resources at the bottom of your opening Naviance page.   Download the form and open it from your computer so you can type directly into the form.  Print, sign, scan the form, and send Mrs. Graybill the signed digital form.  You must send your request from the email registered to you in Blackboard if a student or in SIS if you are a parent.   Include the following:

  • A digital copy of the Transcript Release Form with everything you are able to complete
  • The specific records you are requesting to be sent
  • The specific name and email address of the recipient
  • A specific statement that you give permission to email the requested documents.  Parents must give this permission if the student is under 18 years of age.

To ensure you get the very best support, copy your counselor in any communications with Mrs. Graybill.  Contact Mrs. Graybill at @email.

HEALTHY MINDS BLOG

Check out the Healthy Minds Blog one of our WTW psychologists writes for FCPS.  There are lots of great ideas for everyone.  Visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog?field_term_blog_topic_target_id=258.

NEED YOUR GPA?

If you need your GPA for an application, check your Naviance Student account.  Log into Blackboard, Click into Naviance Student, Click About Me, Click My Account.  Find the section called “Academic.”  The weighted GPA is the GPA calculated for you last summer.  That number will be recalculated this summer.  Seniors have another GPA cited.  This number is your weighted 7th semester GPA.  If your first semester is great, you may have a higher 7th semester GPA.

TESTING CHANGES

ACT has announced that the April ACT has been rescheduled for June 13.  College Board has announced that both the March and May SAT have been cancelled. College Board is monitoring the situation for the June 6 SAT.

DON’T FORGET

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ADVISORY COUNCIL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE SOUGHT

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is seeking a student representative to serve from July 2020 through June 2021.  Any current Sophomore or Junior in good standing who is interested in environmental science or environmental policy is encouraged to apply.  In addition to a completed application applicants must provide information on extracurriculars and an essay (500 words) in which you demonstrate an interest in, and understanding of, environmental matters through the completion of a 500-word essay to be written on an environmental topic of the student’s choice (essays related to Fairfax County are of particular interest).  A transcript is also required, but if one is not available, provide a list of all high school courses and your final grade for each.  Our current representative, Clare Sparling, has offered to answer questions at @email.  Get all of the details and the application at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-development/sites/planning-development/files/assets/documents/eqac/student%20member%20materials/eqac-student-application-2020.pdfCompleted applications are due 24 April.

U.S. SERVICE ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION PROGRAMS

These programs have a small fee but are an excellent window into academy life.  Juniors who are considering an academy should consider applying to the appropriate summer program.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

AMERICAN POOL DIGITAL HIRING

American Pool is hiring individuals 15 years or older to be lifeguards, pool managers, and supervisors. Pools are located all over Virginia with several in Northern Virginia.  They offer all the necessary training and certifications for employees to succeed. Applicants are encouraged to participate in their ongoing virtual interviews.  Anyone interested can book an interview via calendly.com/apvirginia or they can apply at guardforlife.com/quick-apply and American Pool will reach out to them.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

AIRCRAFT ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will award numerous scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $35,000 to employees or dependents of AEA members with a 2.5 or better GPA who will study at an accredited 2- / 4-year college/university, or a professional/technical school.  There are scholarships for students studying any major, pilot training, and many scholarships for students studying avionics or aircraft maintenance. Completed applications must include a transcript, a scholarship-specific essay, and may include a recommendation.  Visit Naviance Student or https://aea.net/educationalfoundation/scholarships.asp for details on every scholarship and applications.  Completed applications are due 1 April.

AMERICAN NUCLEAR SOCIETY INCOMING FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) will award four $1,000 scholarships to Seniors pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering or nuclear science full-time at an accredited college/university.  Applicants will be assessed on academic preparation (GPA and test scores), leadership, references, career goals and objectives, and financial need.  Applicants must register to discover all application details.  Visit Naviance Student or http://www.ans.org/honors/scholarships/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be submitted by 1 April.

ASIAN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES NETWORK (AAGEN) SCHOLARSHIP

Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) will award two $1,000 and two $1,500 scholarships Seniors who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Applicants must have a 3.3 or better GPA, extracurriculars that demonstrate seriousness of purpose in serving.  A completed application must include a transcript, ACT/SAT/GRE test scores, recommendations, and three essays (≤ 500 words) discussing three of six topics: (1) What does public service mean to you and why is it important to you/what motivates you to serve in a leadership position in public service?  (2) What experience from your own life has influenced/developed your leadership philosophy and your values for public service?  (3) Please provide one or more examples of how - through your leadership - you have taken a negative situation and turned it into a positive one.  (4) What are the two or three special attributes or capabilities that set you apart from other applicants in leadership situations?  (5) What does ethical leadership mean to you? Describe a situation in which you demonstrated ethical leadership.  (6) Leadership is not just about directing group actions; it is also about living your values and caring for others. Describe how you have used your leadership to server others.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.aagen.org/ScholarshipProg/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 1 April.

BUILDING FUTURES ACROSS THE NATION

Justice Federal Credit Union Foundation will award multiple scholarships to Seniors and college students who are members of the credit union planning a major in the field of Justice at a 2- or 4-year college/university.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript, school and community activities, a copy of your college acceptance letter, and an essay (≤ 250 words) discussing your scholastic ambitions and career plans following completion of [your] degree.  Applicants with financial need have the option to request consideration for need-based scholarships by including a supplemental financial information page and an essay discussing what financial goals you have and how can Justice Federal help you make financial choices to reach your goals. Visit Naviance Student or https://jfcu.org/PDF/JusticeFederal-Scholarship-App-2020.pdf for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 3 April.

CURT E. LIEBMAN MD GRANT

Curt E. Liebman will provide a grant of $1,000 to a Senor or college student who is attending a U.S. based college/university.  Applicants must provide personal contact information, GPA, chosen college/university, and an essay discussing: Should uninsured people be provided with any medical care?  Visit Naviance Student or https://curteliebmanmdgrant.com/ for more information.  Completed applications must be received by 1 March 2021.

DUI AWARENESS SCHOLARSHIP

The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. offers a $2,500 scholarship to a Senior or college student who plans to attend an accredited college or university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be authorized to attend school in the U.S.  A completed application must include a transcript and an essay (1,000 words) discussing: Why do you think many people still engage in drunk driving despite knowing the risks, and what you think you can do to address the issue among your peers?  NOTE: Winner’s name and essay may be published in various media.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.davidmckenzielawfirm.com/dui-awareness-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 15 June.

ELEGANT TOUCH CATERING SCHOLARSHIP –

The Elegant Touch Catering, a Perth caterer, offers $1,000 for a Senior or college student who demonstrates a passion for education and a sound financial future.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, plan attending a college/university, and have parental permission if under 18 years of age.  A completed application must include an essay (1,200+ words) discussing: How to cater for a Memorable Wedding.  Visit Naviance Student or https://eleganttouch.com.au/elegant-touch-catering-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 31 December.

JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA – FRAN ROBINSON MEMORIAL – RESTON CHAPTER

The Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill sponsors four awards of $1,000-$4,000 for African American Seniors residing in Fairfax County who will graduate in the spring of 2020.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, and plan to study full-time as a full-time freshman at a four-year college/university in Fall 2020.  A completed application must include personal information, an official transcript, honors/awards/achievements, extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, college information, color photo, media release, one letter of recommendation on school letterhead, and an essay (≤1 page): Many have said African-American history is simply American history, an opportunity to reclaim our time in history for all our many societal contributions. Do you agree or disagree? Explain. WINNERS grant ownership rights and a media release.  Winners must also provide a copy of their college acceptance letter and student ID number from the college to which they will enroll.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download the updated application.  Completed applications are due 15 May.

JOHN FOY & ASSOCIATES STRONG ARM LEUKEMIA SCHOLARSHIP, new deadline

John Foy and Associates  recognize one Senior or college student who has battled leukemia or whose life has been affected by it with a $1,000 scholarship.  Applicants must be enrolled at or incoming freshman at an accredited college or university in the U.S, with legal U.S. work or study status.  A completed application must include a transcript, a paragraph stating how this scholarship would benefit you, and an essay (500-1,000 words) than discusses one of the following topics: (1) How has living with your or your loved one’s leukemia affected your education? (2) What adjustments have you made as a student to accommodate your or a loved one’s leukemia? (3) What one obstacle do people with leukemia face that you would like the general public to know about?  Proof of diagnosis with any form of leukemia may be required and winners may be asked for proof of statements made in the essay.  NOTE: Winner will be publicly announced.   Further information is available at Naviance Student and at https://www.johnfoy.com/strong-arm-leukemia-scholarshipApplications are due 15 June.

LTCOL THOMAS BULL BUDREJKO SCHOLARSHIP

The LtCol Thomas Bull Budrejko Scholarship Foundation will award $1,000 to a Senior, scholar athlete with a parent who served in the U.S. Military and who is planning further education at a 2- or 4-year college/university or trade/technical school.  Applicants must demonstrate at least one athletic extracurricular activity and community service.  A completed application must include a transcript, recommendation from an athletic coach, extracurriculars/community service highlighting leadership roles if available, and an essay (300 – 500 words) discussing your future career goals, and how they will help you to become a leader in your community.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.budrejko.org/apply.html for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 1 April.

MARITIME WORKERS SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Firm of Laborde Earles is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a Senior or college student planning a major related to maritime careers including engineering or mechanics at an accredited college/university.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, be authorized to work/attend school in the U.S.  A completed application must include the college you will attend, a transcript, and an essay (≤ 1,000 words) in which you Tell us what attracted you to the maritime field, what your dream position within the industry is, and how you plan to use the $2,5000 in scholarship funds.  Visit Naviance Student or https://onmyside.com/maritime-workers-scholarship/ for more details and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 15 June.

OPHELIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

The Ophelia Foundation provides scholarships of $1,000 for U.S. citizens pursuing a bachelor’s degree who are Seniors entering their freshman year at a 2- or 4-year college/university or second year community college students entering a 4-year college/university full-time.  Applicants must reside in the DMV, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident working to become a U.S. citizen, and have a 2.75 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include an official transcript, proof of U.S. citizenship, two recommendations (teacher/counselor & community leader), your GPA, the college you will attend, a copy of your college acceptance letter, proposed field of study, basic family information, a copy of your Student Aid Report showing your EFC, a resume, and an essay (≤ 650 words) discussing: Once you have finished college and have a career explain how you plan to help someone else achieve the same goal.  Each scholarship seeks additional traits or application requirements cited below.

  • The Ophelia Scholarship – Applicants must be well-rounded, and preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need. 
  • The Joan Gooch Scholarship – Applicants must plan a degree in the field of medical sciences starting at an HBCU, have a 3.5 or better GPA, provide two teacher references, and come from a low-income family.
  • The Edward Gerald Jones Sr. Scholarship – Applicants must major in a STEM field and preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need.
  • The Nellis Group Academic Scholarship – Vicki Nellis sought to see the world impacted for God’s glory through education, service and a transformed mind.
  • The SJB Academic Scholarship – Applicants must have a 3.2 or better GPA, have attended a Title 1 school and submit a personal statement attesting to a strategy/practice used to assist in their objectives and goals.  Preference will be given to a student pursuing a degree in education or with aspirations to be a teacher/professor who have financial need.

A media release for winners is part of the application and winners must attend a special party.  Visit Naviance Student or https://opheliafoundation.org/ for to download the guidelines and application.  Completed applications must be received by 1 May.

ORLANDO SUPER SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP

4 Corner Resources offers a $2,500 scholarship to Seniors and college students who will be attending an accredited college/university in the Orlando metro-area for Fall 2020.  Applicants must be authorized to attend school in the U.S.  A completed application must include a transcript, the college you will attend, an essay (≤ 1,000 words) discussing one of the following: (1) How are you a leader in your community and how will college help you grow in that role? or (2) Who is a community leader you look up to and why? How do you hope to emulate this person in your future?  Applicants are encouraged to include personal stories in their essay.  NOTE: Winner’s name and essay may be published.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.4cornerresources.com/orlando-super-scholars-scholarship/ for more details and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 June.

PICKUP WORLD SCHOLARSHIP

Pickup World will award $1,000 to a Senior or college student who is dedicated to their education, works hard to provide themselves a better future, and can use a little financial help.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, parent permission if under 18 years of age, and write an essay (1,200+ words) discussing: Truck Accessories and Tools You Should Keep in Your Truck.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.pickup-world.com/pickup-world-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 December.

PRESZLER LAW FIRM CAR ACCIDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Preszler Law Firm will award $2,500 to a Senior who has been the victim of a car accident and who will be attending an accredited college/university in the fall of 2020.  Applicants must submit a transcript and an essay (500 – 1,000 words) discussing how you were injured in a car accident and what you are doing to overcome it.  NOTE: The winner will be announced and featured on the firm’s website.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.preszlerlaw.com/car-accident-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 June.

SEVENISH STUDENTS AGAINST DRINKING AND DRIVING SCHOLARSHIP

The Sevenish Law Firm provides a $2,500 scholarship to a Senior or college student committed to fighting the plight of drunk driving in their community.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA, be authorized to attend school in the U.S., and plan to attend an accredited college/university in the fall of 2020.  A completed application must include a transcript and an essay (500 – 1,000 words) discussing: Why do you think people continue to drink and drive despite the known dangers, and what can a young adult such as yourself do to persuade their peers not to drink and drive?  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.sevenishlaw.com/students-against-drinking-and-driving-scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications are due 15 June.

SYBIL CALDWELL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Reston Chapter and the Fort Myer Construction Corporation Small Business Roundtable offer two $1,500 scholarship to a African-American Seniors residing in Fairfax County or Washington, D.C. who are committed to community service and education.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and plan to study full-time at an accredited four-year college/university in the fall of 2020.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, any employment, community service, college/university information, an official transcript, a recommendation from a school official, a color photo, and an essay (1 page) discussing: How have your public service experiences and/or civic responsibilities shaped your present activities, and your aspirations for the future?  Explain.  CAUTION: Winner submissions and photos become property of the Reston (VA) Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and winners grant media release.  Visit Naviance Student for more information and to download the application.  Completed applications are due 15 May

VLSP SCHOLARSHIP –   Virginia Legal Support Professionals(VLSP) awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student with an active interest in entering a legal field (from criminal justice, law enforcement, paralegal, legal assistant, to attorney) and financial need.  Applicants must have a B or better GPA and plan post-secondary studies that will support your interest.  A completed application must include a transcript, a faculty reference, two extracurricular activity recommendations, and an autobiographical statement (1 page) covering a variety of specific personal aspects.  Visit Naviance Student or http://v-a-l-s.org/scholarship/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 1 April.

WAL-MART SAM WALTON DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Wal-Mart will award $2,000 to a Walmart associates and their dependents.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, have a 2.0 or better GPA, and plan study at an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university, and demonstrate financial need.  A completed applications must include extracurriculars, a transcript, and financial documents.  Registration is required to see all application details.  Visit Naviance Student or https://walmart.org/what-we-do/strengthening-communities/associate-support  for more details and to apply.  Completed applications are due 2 April.

WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP

The WITS Program of Visionary Integration Professionals provides multiple scholarships up to $2,500 to female Seniors and college students who will attend a 2- or 4-year college/university and major in computer science, information technology, management information systems, or another related field.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and demonstrate participation in community service and/or extracurricular activities.  A completed application must include personal information, a transcript, community service and extracurricular activities, a personal statement (300 – 500 words) discussing how your experiences – academics, extracurricular activities, work or internship opportunities – are shaping your educational and career goals. and an essay (≤ 1,500 words) discussing: What is Information Technology (IT) and why is IT important? Please select a specific IT concentration to highlight.  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.trustvip.com/company/community-service-and-support/ for more information and to apply.  Completed applications must be received by 1 April.

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.

CONFERENCES / SEMINARS / WORKSHOPS

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

CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

Discover financial aid information sessions, 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.