College & Career Center Newsletter

George Mason High School - January 29, 2021


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2021 Virtual Career Expo, Wednesday, February 3, 6-9 pm ET

STEM Careers Virtual Workshops, offered by NOVA's STEM Outreach Program, NOVA SySTEMic

  • STEM Careers Exploration Session: Automotive Technologies & Early Childhood Education, Monday, February 1, 4-5 pm
  • The Career Engineer: Resume Workshop, Wednesday, February 24, 6-7:30 pm
  • The Career Engineer: Interviewing Workshop, Wednesday, March 3, 6-7:30 pm

Learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways at NOVA from college faculty and staff. Sessions will utilize the Zoom platform and is geared towards High School and current NOVA Students. Some sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the NOVA SySTEMic YouTube Channel with Subtitles. Please register if you would like to receive this information even if you are unable to attend the session in real time.

Winter 2021 Transition University, February 6-March 26


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BigFuture Days, Virtual College Fairs
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Coalition for College Event, Admissions Post-Pandemic: How Juniors Should Approach College Applications, Tuesday, February 2, 8-9 pm

"Given the constraints of the pandemic, high school likely hasn’t gone exactly as you’d planned. Maybe your extracurricular activities were interrupted, you were unable to take a standardized test, or your family was seriously impacted by COVID-19.

Hear college admissions officers from Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the University of Notre Dame discuss the impact of the pandemic on their review of applications and their best advice to help you through the process this fall."

Davidson Admission Intensive

"Join the Davids admission team for a workshop series designed to help you kick off the college search and application process.

Sessions are for high school juniors, with session options for parents and mentors.

Each workshop has been designed by a team which may consist of Davidson admissions staff, Davidson students, partners from other institutions, and our high school counseling colleagues. Our goal is to provide information in a broad scope that will serve participants regardless of where they apply. We encourage participants with questions specific to a school's admission process to reach out directly to that institution."

  • February 6 - Admission & Financial Aid Basics
  • February 6 - Getting to Know Colleges Virtually & Crafting a College List
  • February 10 - Parent & Mentor Panel: How to Support Your Student
  • February 13 - Essay Writing Workshop
  • February 13 - Student Panel: Student Experience Discussion

NACAC Virtual College Fair, Sunday, January 31, 1-7 pm

You need to register in advance to attend.

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The Princeton Review, FREE virtual workshops

SACAC (Southern Association For College Admission Counseling) Virtual College Fair and Virtual Mini Camp College 2021

Virtual Mini Camp College, Saturday, February 6, 2-3 pm and Wednesday, February 10, 7-8 pm

This is a free, interactive, and informative college planning workshop that will cover topics: The College Search Process/Type of Colleges & How to Determine the “Right Fit.”

Virtual College Fair, Thursday, February 11, 5-7:45 pm

Students should register for each session that they want to attend. We recommend one session in each time slot. Once they register, they’ll receive a confirmation email with their unique link to join that Zoom webinar.

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Study and Go Abroad Virtual Education Fair, Thursday, February 11, 3-9 pm EST

Meet virtually with universities from Canada and around the world from the comfort of your home. Chat live with representatives from universities and professional schools during the fair. Learn about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs at home and abroad. Ask about admission requirements, and available scholarships.Taking a gap year? Visit the student travel booths to find out more about gap year options, including work abroad.

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Virginia Tech's Virtual Uplifting Black Men Pre-College Program and 6th Annual Conference

High school students who participate in two of the three pre-college program sessions and attend the 6th Annual Conference will receive Virginia Tech swag, an application fee waiver and an invitation to visit Virginia Tech in Blacksburg! The pre-college program is open to students in the Class of 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

The pre-college program will consist of three sessions on February 23-25:

  • Session 1: Kickoff!/Admissions & Financial Aid, Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Session 2: Life @ Virginia Tech, Wednesday, February 24, 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Session 3: Networking, Thursday, February 25, 5:00-6:00 PM

Virtual Christian College Fairs - several College Fairs and Live Webinars are scheduled this month

  • Monday, February 1, 6-7 PM ET, Live Webinar: Making the Most of Your College Experience
  • Monday, February 1, 7-10 PM ET, Ministry-Focused Majors
  • Tuesday, February 2, 7-10 PM ET, Performing Arts Majors
  • Wednesday, February 3, 7-10 PM ET, Business Majors
  • Thursday, February 4, 7-10 PM ET, Psychology & Social Sciences
  • Monday, February 8, 6:30-7 PM ET, Live Webinar: Beyond the Numbers – How to Compare Different Financial Aid Packages
  • Monday, February 8, 7-10 PM ET, Education Majors
  • Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-7 PM ET, Live Webinar: What We Wish Students Knew About College Admissions
  • Tuesday, February 16, 7-10 PM ET, Health Sciences Majors
  • Thursday, February 18, 7-10 PM ET, Undecided Majors



Senior Worksheet & Parent Brag Sheet, due one month before the first college application deadline

The Senior Worksheet is completed in Naviance (About Me > My Surveys > Surveys Not Started). The Parent Worksheet is posted on the College and Career Center website; it should be completed and emailed to your student's counselor. These forms are not sent to colleges and universities. They are used to help your counselor write the school recommendation.


FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Seniors, and a parent/guardian if the student is under 18 years old, need to complete the FERPA Consent, Release & Waiver for Letters of Recommendation(s): College, Scholarship, Honor, Special Programs & Employment. If you are applying to colleges using the Common Application, the GMHS FERPA form is in addition to completing the FERPA section within the Common Application. To complete the GMHS FERPA form, students need to use their FCCPS email addresses.

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Improve Your SAT or ACT Score From Home, Free Virtual Practice Tests Every Week from

They offer practice tests for the PSAT, ACT, and SAT. Anyone who participates will receive a free score analysis that breaks down how you did by section, question type, and content area so you can get a sense for where you might want to do some review prior to the real thing.

The ACT will be offered on several national test dates in 2021.

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 - register by March 12
  • Saturday, June 12, 2021 - register by May 7
  • Saturday, July 17, 2021 - register by June 18 (No test centers are scheduled for New York in July)

Free, The Princeton Review ACT Practice Test Online

"Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your ACT score. Try a full-length free practice ACT online today. After the practice test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses."

The SAT will be offered on several national test dates in 2021.

  • Saturday, March 13 - register by February 12
  • Saturday, May 8 - register by April 8
  • Saturday, June 5 - register by May 6

2021-22 SAT Administration Dates (Anticipated)

  • August 28, 2021

  • October 2, 2021

  • November 6, 2021

  • December 4, 2021

  • March 12, 2022

  • May 7, 2022

  • June 4, 2022

FREE, The Princeton Review SAT Practice Test Online

"Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your SAT score. Try a full-length free practice SAT today. After the test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses."


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. Some schools also require the CSS Profile for financial aid consideration. Please consult individual colleges regarding financial aid forms that are required.

Financial Aid 101 webinar hosted by 1-2-3 Go! and VASFAA (Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators), Thursday, February 18, 6-7 pm


You will find scholarship resources on the College and Career Center Financial Aid and Scholarships website page and within Naviance.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

The program is currently open to the class of 2021 and 2022.

2021 Granville P. Meade Scholarship, application due March 5

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is announcing the Granville P. Meade Scholarship that provides financial assistance to students who have achieved academically but who are financially unable to attend college. The Granville P. Meade fund awards scholarships to eligible Virginia high-school seniors to attend one of Virginia's public or private colleges or universities.

In the past year, each scholarship was in the amount of $2,000 per year for four years, provided the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship, application due April 18

"This grant is for individuals with Down syndrome who are at least 18 years old, or who will turn 18 by July 1 of the application year. The applicant has the desire and intent to enroll or continue enrollment in a post-secondary class or program that will enhance their life through employment, independent living or life skills, or interests in any other areas."


University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program, apply by Thursday, April 1

"The UD Edge summer college program prepares high school students moving into their junior or senior year for a future as a successful college student."

Inspirit AI Scholars Summer Program
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Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation offers a collection of specialized pre-college programs for high-achieving math and science students. This summer, we will offer two online courses, Explore Engineering Innovation (EEI) and Biomedical Engineering Innovation (BMEI). Our typical student is a rising junior (~35%) or senior (~65%) in high school. Talented 9th graders (rising sophomores) may be considered, however, priority will be given to older students. Graduated seniors are also eligible to participate during the summer before they begin their college career. BMEI courses start as early as May 24, 2021 and EEI will be offered starting July 6, 2021.

FREE MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program, application deadline extended to Monday, February 8

"The six-month MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) program serves rising high school seniors from across the country – many of whom come from underrepresented or underserved communities. Students selected to participate in MOSTEC demonstrate in their applications a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering. The MOSTEC program begins the summer before students' senior year in high school and extends through students' first semester in 12th grade."

Princeton Summer Journalism Program, application is due Monday, February 22

"The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is one of the only programs of its kind offering a free, innovative residential journalism and college prep institute for high achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds."

Ringling College of Art and Design Pre-College Program - online and on-campus courses

    2021 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs

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    Unite - Student application period is January 13-May 21

    "Unite is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Held at higher education institutions across the country, Unite encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment and career exploration. Rising 9th through rising 12th grade students are eligible."

    University of Chicago Summer Session

    "All Summer Session 2021 courses will be conducted remotely online."


    ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps)

    Application deadlines are coming up to be considered for ROTC scholarships to have funding for the first semester of your freshman year in college.

    • U.S. Army ROTC - Thursday, February 4
    • NROTC (Navy, Nurse, and Marine Corps) - Sunday, January 31


    You will find a list of gap year programs on the College and Career Center Gap Year website page.

    USA Gap Year Fairs

    From Nov 30, 2020 - March 31, 2021, USA Gap Year Fairs is hosting 40 virtual events to connect students, families, and counselors with the most up to date information about gap year options and summer opportunities in 2021.

    How to Take a Gap Year: the Ultimate Crash Course: In addition to the 12 regional and national virtual USA Gap Year Fairs, we're thrilled to offer this crash course for all things gap year! For the first time, USA Gap Year Fairs will bring together expert gap year counselors, gap year alumni, and college admissions representatives for this engaging series of panel-style events with live Q&A to tell you everything you need to know about planning the ultimate gap year.

    Pre-register once to stay up to date on all things gap year and receive access to these 15 virtual events that will run from 7-8 PM EST:

    • Feb 1: Explore the Gap Year
    • Feb 2: Scholarships & Funding
    • Feb 8: Gap Year to College Transition
    • Feb 11: How to Choose a Gap Year Program (Session 1)
    • Feb 22: Ask an Expert: Counselor Q&A
    • Feb 25: Gap Year as Career Exploration
    • Mar 8: How to Choose a Gap Year Program (Session 2)
    • Mar 15: How to Win a $10,000 Gap Year Scholarship!
    • Mar 22: Gap Year 101: Gapping in the COVID Era
    • Mar 24: How to Plan Your Gap Year (Independent vs. Program)
    • Mar 29: Gap Time as Career Exploration
    • Mar 31: Gap Year in the Wild: Outdoor Experiences & Adventure Trips
    • Apr 5: Gap Year in the Arts
    • Apr 8: College Credit & Language Learning During Gap Time
    • Apr 12: Gap Year Options in Conservation, Sustainability, & Social Justice

    Why Gap Years Matter More Than Ever! Free webinar, several sessions in January & February 2021

    Gap Year Solutions is partnering with libraries to share information about their programs. Registration is required.

    This information is provided for your convenience. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by George Mason High School, FCCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either George Mason High School or FCCPS.