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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CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE (CBYX)

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, CBYX is a full scholarship exchange program that offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for an academic year.  In addition, the program includes pre-departure training in the U.S. and orientation programs in Germany, meetings with government officials, cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities, and supplementary language lessons upon arrival in Germany.  All associated costs are covered by the scholarship with the exception of travel to and from your home community to Washington, DC for pre-departure and re-entry orientation, passport costs, and spending money while in Germany. Academic merit, motivation, curiosity, and flexibility are key components of a competitive application.  Eligible candidates must be:  U.S. citizens; between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ at the start of the program; and a high school student at the time of application with a 3.0 or better GPA.  For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/apply-cieeCompleted applications must be submitted by 3 December. 

BETA NU BOULE YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM

November 2019 – May 2020, second Saturday, 9 am – Noon – Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Nu Boule of Northern Virginia offers a scholars program to African-American males with a 3.0 or better GPA who are entering their Junior year of high school in 2019-2020.  The program provides SAT/ACT preparation, seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers.  The application deadline is 10 October.  For more information, email @email.

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.

CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE (CBYX)

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, CBYX is a full scholarship exchange program that offers 250 young Americans the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Germany for an academic year.  In addition, the program includes pre-departure training in the U.S. and orientation programs in Germany, meetings with government officials, cultural excursions to the German Bundestag and select German cities, and supplementary language lessons upon arrival in Germany.  All associated costs are covered by the scholarship with the exception of travel to and from your home community to Washington, DC for pre-departure and re-entry orientation, passport costs, and spending money while in Germany. Academic merit, motivation, curiosity, and flexibility are key components of a competitive application.  Eligible candidates must be:  U.S. citizens; between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ at the start of the program; and a high school student at the time of application with a 3.0 or better GPA.  For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/apply-cieeCompleted applications must be submitted by 3 December. 

EMBOLDEN STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (SLP) IN BUSINESS

2-4 January 2020, Tysons Corner – Embolden’s SLP is a tuition-free career immersion and leadership program that helps high school students explore and discover their passions and become the next generation of leaders.  Through instructional sessions and interactive simulation challenges led by experienced professionals from the local community, students will gain valuable mentorship, skills, and guidance.  During the SLP, students will also go on site visits to top-tier companies and businesses and will work on complex business problems with other students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills.  High school students from Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington DC are encouraged to apply for the Winter 2020 SLP.  Eligible students must apply online and are required to submit one form of documentation verifying high school enrollment such as a school transcript.  There are no application fees nor are there any minimum GPA or test score requirements for selection to the program.  Applications will remain open until Sunday, 3 November and are available at www.emboldenme.org. Decisions will be released to all applicants by Sunday 10 November.  The most important component of the application is the free-response essay section.  While students are encouraged to submit materials such as test scores, resumes or letters of recommendation, Embolden’s application readers are most interested in hearing personal stories.  For more information, visit www.emboldenme.org or contact  @email.

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.

GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Saturday, 26 October, 1-4 pm, Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax - Join a variety of county agencies to learn more about your local government, the programs and services it provides, and how you can play a critical role in shaping the future of your community. This FREE community development program includes an overview of Fairfax County Government as well as in-depth breakout discussions about specific programs, services, ordinances and other topics of interest to your community.  Learn about volunteer opportunities and how to become involved in processes for ongoing planning and coordination with the local government.  Also develop an understanding of community resources such as transportation, public safety, land use and zoning compliance, health and human services, and more.  Registration is open now at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/know-your-government/providence.  The deadline is Sunday, 20 October.  Both child care and transportation assistance will be available upon request. Please contact Angela Jones with Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services at 703.324.5302 to make arrangements.

GIRLS IN TECHNOLOGY MENTOR-PROTÉGÉ PROGRAM

22 October, 26 November, 28 January, 25 February, 24 March, 6 – 8:3 pm, Microsoft, 12012 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston, VA (additional locations in DC and Maryland) – The Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé Program is designed to help high school girls learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to young women interested in pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  Protégés and Mentors meet once a month for five months and participate in leadership development, networking, and discuss a range of topics related to success traits for growth and pursuing a career. Each program session starts with featured speakers or a discussion panel followed by small discussion group mentoring sessions with professional women. Applications will be processed in the order complete applications are received, and a waitlist formed once capacity is reached.  The on-line application form can be found at https://womenintechnology.wufoo.com/forms/zlrjtzv09hyitt/.  Due to limited capacity and volunteers to manage this FREE event, GIT can accommodate up to 45 students in each program location (may vary depending on location).  There is a three-step process to being accepted into the Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé Program: 1) complete an online protégé application which includes guardian release; 2) complete a required pre-program survey (links are provided within the application and will also be emailed to the protégé after Step 1); and 3) protégés and parents that have submitted all of the steps above will be emailed further information about their acceptance status.  For more information, visit https://www.womenintechnology.org/git-mentor-protege-program.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMATS UNITED STATES

(HSD U.S,), 22 July – 2 August 2020, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ – High School Diplomats is a scholarship program that brings together high school students from the United States and Japan engaging together in academic and social pursuits in a ten-day summer program at Princeton University.  Examples of activities include a Japanese summer festival, a sports tournament, and a karaoke night.  Students also attend daily language classes ranging from beginner to advanced.  Current Sophomores and Juniors are eligible to apply.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.highschooldiplomats.com/americaCompleted applications are due 8 January 2020.

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.

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.

NATIONAL SECURITY LANGUAGE INITIATIVE FOR YOUTH (NSLI-Y), 2020-2021

Locations vary by program The U.S. Department of State provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.  Programs are available for Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country giving them formal and informal language practice.  Previous language study is not required.  Beginners are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit www.nsliforyouth.org.  For questions, email @emailThe application deadline is 30 October, 4 pm EST.

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.

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.

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.  Visit 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. Visit 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. Visit 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.