TJHSST College and Career Center Newsletter

Winter 2020 Edition

By S. Wolf (photo credit A. Huang/Class of 2020)
College and Career Center
January 23, 2020

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.


Welcome to 2020!  The New Year brings our students to the end of the first semester of this academic year but also brings a new semester of discovery and new opportunities.

CURRICULUM CHOICEUnderclassmen will make their course selections for the 2020-2021 school year with their counselors in February.  Students can begin to enter their preliminary course requests in StudentVUE so they are ready to discuss with their counselor.  We hope that students and families found the Curriculum Fair and Night to be helpful in informing the process and encouraging students to consider options they may not have initially considered or were new to them.  Links to all curricular resources can be found here.  

CRAFTING A FIT COLLEGE LIST:  Juniors can sign up to spend time in the College and Career Center (CCC) during 8th periods to do some research and ask questions about colleges to include in their FIT list.   A reminder of the three main components of FIT:

  • Academic→What course of study does the student want to pursue and are they academically qualified?  Is the student looking for study abroad? Co-Op?  Research Opportunities?
  • Social/Emotional→The college atmosphere aligns with the student's personality and preferences (geographic, size of institution, diversity).  Where will the student feel comfortable and fulfilled?
  • Financial→What can the family afford?  Never assume you can "figure out the financials later".  The FAFSA4caster is an eligibility tool that can help you plan what Federal Student Aid might be available.  Be sure to consider the Merit Scholarships available at your FIT schools and follow the necessary timelines to be considered for them.  Have honest discussions about schools that are financially feasible.  

CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY: As the Class of 2020 enters their final semester, we want them to celebrate their high school journey as they prepare for their post-secondary plans!  

A note for students as they enter the spring college decision season from Rick Clark who writes the Georgia Tech Admission Blog:

"Admit, defer or deny, never forget: an #admissions decision ≠ a value judgment/prediction of future success or character referendum. Regardless of what colleges communicate in their letters, YOU determine your character & future!"

TJHSST Class of 2020 Graduation will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Eagle Bank Arena.  No tickets are required and there is plenty of seating and parking for all at the venue (including accessible seating and accessible parking).  

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Gap Year Fair | Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | Marshall High School | 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Military Information Nights for service academies and ROTC programs:  

W.T. Woodson High School | Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. 

Chantilly High School | Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. 



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

Virginia Tech Pathways Scholars

Students in a Virginia high school who will be the first in their families to attend college (i.e., neither parent has received a bachelor's degree in any field) are eligible for the Pathways for Future Engineers program. Students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2020 are encouraged to apply.

Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp | Lebanon Valley College | Annville, PA | July 26-31, 2020

Technical Aide Summer Positions at MITRE McLean

SciTech Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

STEM Day | York College of Pennsylvania | Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. 

At Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day you have the opportunity to explore the majors inside the Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology. Meet current students, chat with faculty & administration, tour the Kinsley Engineering Center and high-tech Biology and Chemistry labs, participate in a hands-on activities, learn about Admissions & Financial Aid, enjoy lunch, and ask a lot of questions.



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

Northern Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsors the Anna Haralampus Scholarship of $500 awarded to a high school senior or college student who aspires to pursue a career in teaching mathematics.  See Ms. Wolf in the CCC for a copy of the application.  Deadline is March 27, 2020.  

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen attending post–high school, undergraduate, and career technical education programs.

Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administrators and Coaches Association (NVADACA) Scholarship  | Completed application with sealed recommendation due to Ms. Wolf in the CCC by 4:00 p.m. , February 24, 2020.   NVADACA limits the school to sending six applications only.  


Students should research all Merit Scholarship opportunities that are offered by the colleges to which they plan on applying and follow the college's application timelines for these specific opportunities.  

Scholar Snapp  | Common Application partner 

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

RaiseMe | Earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on achievements in school and life.

Scholarship Sharing Database



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

Drugs, Alcohol, and Vaping, What Every Parent Needs to Know | Friday, March 20, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Launching Your Adolescent into Adulthood | Friday, March, 27, 2020 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Workshops | Visit for February 2020 dates, times, and workshop registration.