TJHSST College and Career Center Newsletter

Winter 2020 Edition

By S. Wolf (photo credit A. Huang/Class of 2020)
College and Career Center
February 13, 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.


In last month's newsletter, we highlighted crafting a FIT college list.  The concept of FIT can be difficult to grasp as students are searching for and researching the post secondary options available to them.  Northwestern University has an admissions webpage entitled The "Fit" Factor where they explain what FIT means to them as a university.  


Excerpt from Northwestern University:  

What does fit mean to us?

We didn’t think it was fair to ask you to define fit without doing so ourselves. As we thought about fit, a few themes emerged:

  • Fit is not just about who you’ve been or who you are, but also who you will be and who you might become.
  • Fit is not about being perfect, but about how your strengths overlap with those of a college or university.
  • Fit is not static and can change as you develop. 

Most important, though, we agreed that fit isn’t something that you have (or don’t). Instead, fit is a story you tell us about how you see yourself thriving on campus.


At TJHSST, we encourage all our students to honestly consider this definition of FIT as they continue on their journey to craft a list that leads them to building their applications into a story about why and how they are a FIT for a certain college, university, or program. 

Parents, as you support our students with this process, I encourage you to read this blog dedicated to parents and the college admissions process by Rick Clark, from the Georgia Tech Admission Blog:  More and Less, Part 4.  

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Interested in learning more about engineering?  Engineering Open Houses this Spring. 

Virginia Tech | Monday, March 30 | Register here.

University of Virginia | Saturday, April 4 | Information here.


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

Richard Louie Memorial Internship, Smithsonian museums of Asian art

Smithsonian Internship Opportunities

Alain Colaco Science Scholar Program - for sophomores and juniors.  See Google Classroom for information and application.

Engineering Youth Conference  | George Mason University | February 16, 2020

USA Science & Engineering Festival  | Washington Convention Center | April 25-26, 2020

Youth Conservation Camp

Institute for the Arts (IFTA)

2020 AAVMC Veterinary Medical Career Fair | March 8, 2020


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. 

West Springfield High School | Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. 

Fairfax County Teen Job Fairs:  For teens looking for full time employment, after-school employment, seasonal positions, internship opportunities, volunteer experiences, and resume building workshops.  

  • Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Woodson High School
  • Saturday, March 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at South County High School
  • Saturday, March 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Chantilly High School
  • Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School
  • Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at West Springfield High School



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

Anchor Scholarship Foundation | Eligibility deadline March 1, 2020 | Application deadline April 1, 2020

Lions International Pin Trading Club Youth Scholarship | deadline March 1, 2020

Omicron Theta Zeta Scholarship | deadline March 20, 2020

George Angulo Scholarship | deadline March 31, 2020

SleePare Mattress Scholarship |  deadline March 31, 2020

Izaak Walton League of America Scholarship Arlington-Fairfax Chapter, Inc. | deadline April 1, 2020

Federal Water Quality Association, National Capital Environmental Scholarship |  deadline April 6, 2020



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


College Access Fairfax | Financial Aid workshops

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

Digital Citizenship Series Part 1: What Technology Does My Student Need for Home and School? | Friday, April 24, 2020

Learn about technology expectations by grade level and what you can do to keep students safe while helping to manage the impact of technology use

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education & Employment Options | Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Woodson High School

Flash Forward will provide students with IEP’s and their parents an introduction to options after high school. Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment, community programs and services will be available.