Special Opportunities

Free or Very Affordable

Special opportunities come and go throughout the year.  We are defining "special" as free or very affordable.  These opportunities will first appear in the College and Career Center Newsletter and will remain on this page until they expire.

Remember: This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor 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.

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THE BRONFMAN FELLOWSHIP

28 June – 5 August 2020, Israel – The Bronfman Fellowship is a network of 1,200+ pluralistic young Jews from Israel and North America. This program begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel.  Fellows explore deep existential questions and Jewish ideas while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them.  The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th grade. It covers round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel. Room and board at orientation and the Spring Seminar are also included. Limited additional subsidies (based on need) are available to defray costs of travel to interviews, to New York for the summer program, and for follow-up alumni activities.  Applicants must be in the 11th grade and self-identify as Jewish.  For more information and to apply, visit www.bronfman.org. The application deadline is 1 December.

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DIVERSITY OVERNIGHT AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

10-11 November.  For more information and to apply for the program, visit https://case.edu/admission/diversity-overnight.  CWRU will provide transportation and meals for participants.  Space is limited.  Applications will be accepted through 1 October.

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JA COMPANY PROGRAM

16 September 2019 – 20 April 2020, various sites throughout DMV area - The JA Company Program is an intensive program that offers high school students the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and operating a startup company with other students under the guidance of business professionals. The seven-month-long JA Company Program is a hands-on, in-depth experience.  Participants in the JA Company Program will design, launch, and run a company; expand their network by meeting other passionate teens and business professionals; discover the potential for for-profit companies to have a positive social impact; become confident surmounting challenges and facing uncertainties; learn how to successfully collaborate with a diverse team of individuals; build self-confidence by sharpening existing skills and developing new skills; and prepare for college and beyond.  Students in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to apply. Company size will vary depending on location, ranging from 10 to 20 students.  Teams will meet weekly for 2 hours from the week of 16 September through the week of 20 April 2020. Qualifying teams will continue to meet through June 2020 to prepare for the National Competition.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.myja.org/jacompanyprogram/learnmore.  There is a $50 registration fee.  Do not delay, as the program begins on 16 September.

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PATHWAYS TO PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MULTICULTURAL PROGRAM

11 November 8:15 am (check-in), 3:30 pm – Join fellow high school Seniors of multicultural backgrounds for an insider’s view of Providence College.  Students will spend the day and attend classes with a PC student, learn about PC’s diverse academic and social offerings, meet members of the faculty and campus community, enjoy lunch in Raymond Dining Hall, and discuss scholarship opportunities and the financial aid process.  There will be a series of presentations offered to the parents and guardians of students taking part in the program.  Space is limited, and a limited number of travel vouchers are available at the time of registration.  RSVP at https://admission.providence.edu/visit/pathways/ by 31 October. 

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POLICE EXPLORER OPPORTUNITY

Local Police Explorer Posts offer program application only in the fall.  Interest meetings have been scheduled.  If you want to gain some real police experience and learn about careers in law enforcement, this may be for you.  Applicants must be between 14 (and completed 8th grade) and 20 years old, have a “C” grade average and no convictions of a felony or serious misdemeanor.  (Past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)  Participants are expected to attend mandatory meetings, training, and community outreach events, participate in fund raising events, and be able to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms (effort is made to keep costs low).  Regular meetings are held twice a month.  Post 1742 meets at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Post 2252 meets at West Potomac High School, and Post 505 meets at Annandale High School.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/getinvolved/explorers for more information and links to each post.

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP GREATER WASHINGTON

January – May 2020, Washington, DC - Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a five-month interactive youth leadership development and community education program. The program serves high school Sophomores and Juniors in the Greater Washington region. YLGW provides leadership training to these youth leaders while raising their voices around critical issues in the region. YLGW engages youth to raise their awareness of critical, relevant issues and challenge their assumptions about their roles as leaders in the world.  Participants will gain leadership awareness and training specifically geared towards youth leaders, build a network of diverse, authentic relationships with other youth peers from around the region, identify community challenges, solutions, and explore how to lead now, and learn from the area's changemakers about various leadership topics such as leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience.  Youth leaders participate in the program tuition-free.  There is an application fee of $35.  Participants must be available during the following programs dates from 8:30 am – 4 pm: 10 January, 7 February, 6 March, 3 April, and 15 May.  Parent and guardian orientation will be held on 8 January.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.  For more information and to apply, visit http://lgwdc.org/youth-leadership-greater-washingtonThe application deadline is 5 pm, 25 October.

THE BRONFMAN FELLOWSHIP

28 June – 5 August 2020, Israel – The Bronfman Fellowship is a network of 1,200+ pluralistic young Jews from Israel and North America. This program begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Israel.  Fellows explore deep existential questions and Jewish ideas while building friendships with peers who challenge and inspire them.  The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th grade. It covers round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel. Room and board at orientation and the Spring Seminar are also included. Limited additional subsidies (based on need) are available to defray costs of travel to interviews, to New York for the summer program, and for follow-up alumni activities.  Applicants must be in the 11th grade and self-identify as Jewish.  For more information and to apply, visit www.bronfman.org. The application deadline is 1 December.

COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

The new College Board Opportunity Scholarship provides students the chance to earn money for college for each action they take in the college planning process. Starting this December, students in the class of 2020 can earn funding for college by completing key steps along the path to college. Drawings determine who receives awards.  The information page has a video to help explain the program.

DIVERSITY OVERNIGHT AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

10-11 November.  For more information and to apply for the program, visit https://case.edu/admission/diversity-overnight.  CWRU will provide transportation and meals for participants.  Space is limited.  Applications will be accepted through 1 October.

FAIRFAX COUNTY EXPLORER  PROGRAM FOR FIRE AND RESCUE

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue offers members of the explorer program the opportunity to serve their community, build leadership skills, and gain exposure to the fire and rescue service.  Post 1949 meets three times a week to conduct training in various aspects of the fire service.  After a short training session, explorers are permitted to accompany fire and rescue personnel to emergency incidents.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/explorer-training

FIRE AND RESCUE EXPLORER TRAINING

Explorer Post 1949 provides young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 the opportunity to learn about a career in fire and rescue.  Participants also serve their community and build leadership skills.  The post meets three times each month to conduct training events on various aspects of the fire service.  Students are welcome to join at any time.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/explorer-training to research the opportunity and learn how to join.

FLY-IN PROGRAMS

Thinking of visiting campuses far from home?  The Center for Student Opportunity provides a list of programs that often provide transportation to qualified students for special college visit programs.  Visit: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/293966/68d3cb4f04/1384000618/ fd68e62f52/ to see the complete list.

HAVE-A-LOOK PROGRAM

6 - 8 October, Haverford College, Haverford, PA – Haverford’s Have-A-Look program is designed for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education.  It offers the opportunity to become acquainted with the academic and social opportunities at Haverford College.  Participants interact with professors, visit classes, learn about diversity and inclusion on campus, hear current Haverfordians' perspectives, and immerse themselves in the Haverford experience.  Haverford can provide need-based travel scholarships. If you need financial assistance to attend Have-A-Look, please indicate this on your application.  Interested high school Seniors (U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply.  For questions, contact Kane Willis, Assistant Director of Admission & Access and Diversity Initiatives, at @emailThe deadline for applications is 15 September.

HOOS FIRST LOOK

25 - 27 October, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA –  Hoos First Look will be an annual three-day, two-night fly-in/gas-reimbursement and academic enrichment program for high achieving, low-income/first-generation students in the fall running from Friday to Sunday.  Everything, including meals, transportation, housing, activity materials, and miscellaneous items will be provided to 20 rising Juniors in high school.  The all-expense paid program is designed to assist socioeconomically disadvantaged students in making them more competitive applicants in the admissions process through workshops and personalized admissions help including providing resources on the college application process and financial aid and scholarships.  For more information and to apply, visit https://hoosfirstlook.weebly.com/The priority application deadline is 9 June with notification in mid-July.  The deadline is 8 September with notification in mid-September.

ITALIAN - ONLINE COURSE IN AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE – Wellesley College offers a FREE online course on the edX platform.  This could provide a study option for the May AP test.  Students can register for free and have instant access anytime to all online materials for self-study.  (Although the basic course is entirely free, there are classes with teachers to assist in the online culture course FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.  To access the free online culture course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/ap-italian-language-and-culture-2018-2019?utm_source=School+Counselors&utm_campaign=eef11958e0-AP+Italian+counselors+EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_02_CO&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7d8bcaa4e2-eef11958e0-231525865.  For questions, contact @email.

KHAN ACADEMY

Khan Academy offers great opportunities to learn from Pixar and computer programming.  Visit https://khanacademy.org; search for “Pixar” to discover how to write a short story as well as hints on animation.  Search for “computer programming” to learn more from the pros.  Not only does Khan Academy offer advice from these pros, it offers FREE tutoring in virtually every subject.

THE AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for American high school students and educators to travel abroad on a three to four week exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.  Academic and experiential educational exchange programs focus on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines vary by program, so please check http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/youth-leadership-programs for more information.

GM ASEP AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM AT NOVA 

Students who are more geared towards a hands-on type of career may be interested in an associates degree through NOVA’s automotive program in Alexandria.  Attend school for half of the semester while working with a porspective sponsor, earning money and gaining experience.  Rolling enrollment is available.  See www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/automotive/asep.htm for more information and to submit an application.

JA COMPANY PROGRAM

16 September 2019 – 20 April 2020, various sites throughout DMV area - The JA Company Program is an intensive program that offers high school students the chance to put their ideas into action by launching and operating a startup company with other students under the guidance of business professionals. The seven-month-long JA Company Program is a hands-on, in-depth experience.  Participants in the JA Company Program will design, launch, and run a company; expand their network by meeting other passionate teens and business professionals; discover the potential for for-profit companies to have a positive social impact; become confident surmounting challenges and facing uncertainties; learn how to successfully collaborate with a diverse team of individuals; build self-confidence by sharpening existing skills and developing new skills; and prepare for college and beyond.  Students in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to apply. Company size will vary depending on location, ranging from 10 to 20 students.  Teams will meet weekly for 2 hours from the week of 16 September through the week of 20 April 2020. Qualifying teams will continue to meet through June 2020 to prepare for the National Competition.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.myja.org/jacompanyprogram/learnmore.  There is a $50 registration fee.  Do not delay, as the program begins on 16 September.

MILITARY FAMILIES & FREE TUTORING

24/7 online tutoring and homework help free for U.S. Military families.  Students connect with a professional tutor for a one-to-one learning session the moment they need help.  Get help with math, science, English, social studies and standardized tests from the secure online classroom, with real-time chat, and an interactive whiteboard.  Visit www.tutor.com/military   or call 800.411.1970 for more information.

PATHWAYS TO PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MULTICULTURAL PROGRAM

11 November 8:15 am (check-in), 3:30 pm – Join fellow high school Seniors of multicultural backgrounds for an insider’s view of Providence College.  Students will spend the day and attend classes with a PC student, learn about PC’s diverse academic and social offerings, meet members of the faculty and campus community, enjoy lunch in Raymond Dining Hall, and discuss scholarship opportunities and the financial aid process.  There will be a series of presentations offered to the parents and guardians of students taking part in the program.  Space is limited, and a limited number of travel vouchers are available at the time of registration.  RSVP at https://admission.providence.edu/visit/pathways/ by 31 October. 

POLICE EXPLORER OPPORTUNITY

Local Police Explorer Posts offer program application only in the fall.  Interest meetings have been scheduled.  If you want to gain some real police experience and learn about careers in law enforcement, this may be for you.  Applicants must be between 14 (and completed 8th grade) and 20 years old, have a “C” grade average and no convictions of a felony or serious misdemeanor.  (Past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)  Participants are expected to attend mandatory meetings, training, and community outreach events, participate in fund raising events, and be able to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms (effort is made to keep costs low).  Regular meetings are held twice a month.  Post 1742 meets at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, Post 2252 meets at West Potomac High School, and Post 505 meets at Annandale High School.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/getinvolved/explorers for more information and links to each post.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND MULTICULTURAL OVERNIGHT VISIT EXPERIENCE (MOVE)

19 - 20 October – Seniors who self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population or are interested in issues of diversity and inclusion with a 3.6 or better GPA and test scores of 28 (ACT) 1280 (SAT) OR may wish to attend MOVE.  If so, please complete the interest form found at https://connect.richmond.edu/register/MOVE-2019-interest-form.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in more than 25 countries.  Three are accepting applications now:  Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX); Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad; National Security Language Initiative for Youth.  For more information, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/?utm_source=Email_Outreach&utm_medium=Email_April_29&utm_campaign=Outbound%20Outreach.

SYRACUSE U: THE IT GIRLS OVERNIGHT RETREAT

6 - 7 OctoberRising Juniors and Seniors interested in technology, business, data, information security, web design and/or coding are invited.  Experience hands-on workshops that mirror the iSchool curriculum paired with real-world industries as well as team-building activities.  There is a $25 registration fee which covers the student’s hotel room for 6 October and food during the event.  Parents are on their own, but can attend the dinner for $20.  Get all the information at https://itgirls.ischool.syr.eduApplications are due 22 September.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

The U.S. Department of State sponsors a number of exchange programs. Discover what options exist and what is required. Then, check frequently to discover when a program you want opens. Go to http://exchanges.state.gov/us to discover everything you need to know.

VIRGINIA SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM (VSGC) PROGRAMS

The following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities are available for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12.  Applications are due NLT 10 November.

  • 10TH GRADE Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and culminating with possible selection to a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/.
  • 11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/.
  • 11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) –Online, interactive earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students featuring NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP GREATER WASHINGTON

January – May 2020, Washington, DC - Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a five-month interactive youth leadership development and community education program. The program serves high school Sophomores and Juniors in the Greater Washington region. YLGW provides leadership training to these youth leaders while raising their voices around critical issues in the region. YLGW engages youth to raise their awareness of critical, relevant issues and challenge their assumptions about their roles as leaders in the world.  Participants will gain leadership awareness and training specifically geared towards youth leaders, build a network of diverse, authentic relationships with other youth peers from around the region, identify community challenges, solutions, and explore how to lead now, and learn from the area's changemakers about various leadership topics such as leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience.  Youth leaders participate in the program tuition-free.  There is an application fee of $35.  Participants must be available during the following programs dates from 8:30 am – 4 pm: 10 January, 7 February, 6 March, 3 April, and 15 May.  Parent and guardian orientation will be held on 8 January.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.  For more information and to apply, visit http://lgwdc.org/youth-leadership-greater-washingtonThe application deadline is 5 pm, 25 October.