TJHSST College and Career Center Newsletter

Fall 2019 Edition

By Samantha Wolf
College and Career Center
September 25, 2019

The information provided below is for your information and review. Scholarships and enrichment programs offered by organizations other than FCPS are neither sponsored nor endorsed by FCPS, the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent or TJHSST. Students and parents should carefully review all application requirements.  Parents/Guardians need to confirm the details, accuracy and relevance of any program chosen for their student.  This document contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither FCPS nor TJHSST controls the content or relevancy of these outside pages.


We are well into Homecoming Week and the students and staff are bringing their TJHSST spirit every day!  

Please also follow The Suite Life newsletter to keep up with our entire Student Services team.  

What we're reading in the CCC?

  The Truth About College Admission-A Family Guide | Brennan Barnard and Rick Clark

  The Self-Driven Child | William Stixrud, PhD and Ned Johnson

We're also following the Georgia Tech Admission Blog that offers some great insight for students and families.  Check it out!



Our College Representative visits have started and students are finding these informational sessions helpful.   One common theme from these visits is admissions committees are looking to understand what interests the students have outside of academics and how they spend their free time; what brings balance to their life and gives them joy.  Most often these questions are asked in the college specific supplemental essays and the admissions representatives have told our students to concentrate our letting their voices really come through on these essays so they are describing why the college is a "fit" for them.    

Junior and Senior students must sign up to attend these visits in Naviance Student where the full list of visits is updated daily.  These visits are for students only.  Our upcoming roster of visits include:

Lehigh University

McGill University

Northeastern University

Reed College

University of Pittsburgh

Washington University in St. Louis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Connecticut

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We don’t have time for all colleges to visit TJHSST; however, we are fortunate that the Northern Virginia area has a wealth of events where college representatives are available to students and parents.  Some events do require prior registration so please read the details carefully.

Upcoming events:

University of St Andrews

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 7:30-9pm | Bishop Ireton High School

Register here


University of California Davis  

Tuesday, October 1st from 6:30-7:30pm EST | Online Information Session

Topics include campus life, housing, and the application process followed by a live Q&A. 

Participants should RSVP via this link


Discover Duke - Fairfax

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 6pm | Fairfax High School


McLean High School Colleges That Change Lives College Night

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 6:30pm  | McLean High School Auditorium

Hear from admissions counselors about finding your best-fit school and navigating the college search process. 

Topics covered: Tips for a Stress-Less College Search, Student and Career Centered Campus Resources, Liberal Arts Colleges and Colleges That Change Lives


Arlington Public Schools College Fair

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | Thomas Jefferson Middle School/Community Center | Arlington

Registration recommended.


FCPS College Fair at Fair Oaks Mall and College Night at Hayfield Secondary School

Sunday, October 20, 2019 and Monday, October 21, 2019

Registration recommended.

**Students in 8th through 12th grade can volunteer at this College Fair and College Night to earn service learning hours through x2VOL.   Students can register to volunteer hereUPDATE:  Registration for student volunteers has closed as of September 30, 2019.  


NACAC Performing & Visual Arts Fair

Sunday, November 3, 2019  from 1pm-3:30pm | Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Registration recommended.


Note for parents:  The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) system will be down from 7am to 5pm on Sunday, October 6, 2019.  You will not be able to complete the FAFSA during this time unless you enter your IRS data manually.   

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form completion is your first step to apply for financial aid for college.  The form opens on October 1, 2019. For many colleges to which TJHSST students apply,  the CSS Profile from the College Board will also be required to determine eligibility for institutional financial aid. 

College Access Fairfax holds workshops at high schools around Fairfax County to guide you through both these forms and processes.  Registration is recommended so they have enough staff at the workshop particularly if you are attending a FAFSA completion event where you can get individual help in completing the form.  Spanish and Korean translation is offered at some workshops.  


The updated list can be found in Naviance Student.  Below are some recent updates:

Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2019 Youth Awards educational grants program is now accepting applications! The 21st Annual Youth Awards will award students who are in the graduating Class of 2020 with up to $3,500 in educational grants to fund their higher education or to fund a community-based project. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 15th. Students can apply here

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship  | Deadline November 5, 2019

Virginia State Scholarship Fund | Deadline February 15, 2020

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship  | Deadline October 31, 2019


The updated list can be found in Naviance Student.  Below are some recent updates:

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) | October 30, 2019 at 4 PM EST

**Ms. Wolf's daughter participated in both the summer and academic year NSLI-Y programs so please see her if you'd like to talk about the program**

Mr. Fred Lampazzi, TJHSST Mentorship Director will be giving three presentations to students interested in learning about summer program opportunities in research available outside TJHSST. The first presentation is scheduled for Monday, September 30 during JLC in the Auditorium and the other two will take place during 8th period activity blocks on Wednesday,October 2 in the cafeteria.   Note that students will have to register for the 8th period presentation through the school intranet.  


Most workshops are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services. Registration is required.  


Friday, October 11, 2019 | 10.a.m.