College and Career Center Newsletter
Spring Edition 2021
May Spotlight: Celebrating Plans and Planning for Summer
Class of 2021 #celebrateyourplan
Congratulations to our Class of 2021! As we prepare for the Class of 2021 graduation on June 5, we look back on all they've accomplished and the resilience they've shown throughout this challenging period and this academic year. tjSTAR presentations on May 17, 2021 highlighted their senior research and demonstrated to all, and particularly to our underclassmen, that the Class of 2021's TJ journey may have had a few more twists in the road than expected, yet they have succeeded and their research was impressive and awe-inspiring. We wish them all well and celebrate them as they continue on their journeys post-TJ!
Class of 2022
The updated edition of the Common Application for over 900 colleges that use the platform will open on August 1, 2021 for the Class of 2022. Students can create accounts before this date and their demographic information will rollover to the new edition. Essay prompts are already available for the main essay that many colleges require and can be viewed online. The Common Application has a helpful guide to how to approach the essays here.
Class of 2023 and 2024
Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and can be a great way to get involved in your community in the summer. FCPS has a student-facing Google site dedicated to Service Learning with helpful videos: Service Learning Google Site for student support.
Volunteer Fairfax has a wealth of information about Service Learning opportunities. Look around in your communities as well for other ways to engage.
Virtual College Fair | Event date May 23, 2021 from 3pm to 7pm and May 24, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm | https://www.strivescan.com/pcacac/
College Essay Writing Coach: Amy White | Event date June 3, 2021 from 7pm to 8pm | https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/7742657
Gap Year Programs in Africa and Asia | https://www.aventure.co.uk/
National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Fall Virtual College Fair | Fall tour dates available
FCPS STUDENT GOOGLE SITES (Google Workspace student login required)
The FCPS curated list can be found in Naviance Student. Below are some recent updates:
- RYAN FENG MEMORIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP | Deadline May 24, 2021 | See TJHSST 2021 Google Classroom
- Equal Justice Scholarship – deadline May 31, 2021
- FAITH General Scholarship – deadline May 31, 2021
- Safe Driving Scholarship – deadline May 31, 2021
- The Law Offices of Scott Henry Scholarship – deadline June 1, 2021
- Undergraduate Scholarship Program – deadline June 18, 2021
- RF Wittmeyer Community Service Scholarship – deadline June 30, 2021
- Sparks Law Dream Chasers Scholarship – deadline June 30, 2021
- Strong Work Ethic Scholarship – deadline June 30, 2021
- Build a Better Future Scholarship – deadline July 31, 2021
- Rizwan Ahmed CPA Scholarship - deadline Dec. 15, 2021
- Leoboost Scholarship – deadline March 15, 2022
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SITES
Students should research all Merit Scholarship opportunities that are offered by the colleges to which they plan to apply and follow the college's application timelines for these specific opportunities.
- Scholarship Sharing Database
- GoingMerry Scholarship Search
- RaiseMe | Earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on achievements in school and life.
- College Board Opportunity Scholarships
- Coalition for College Scholarships
FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information and assistance:
College Access Fairfax: www.collegeaccessfairfax.org for virtual resources or to register for workshops.
Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN): https://www.virginiacan.org/fafsa
Registration opens one month before each webinar. Sign up for the FCPS New You Choose newsletter to get an email when registration opens. Registrants will be provided a link by email on the morning of the webinar.
Questions? Reach out to Student Services.
*The information provided 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.
External opportunities may utilize an online technology, or video and web conferencing tool that has not been assessed or approved for use in FCPS by the FCPS Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent/guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity. Families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for any technology platform used to facilitate these opportunities.