As the number of homeschooled children has grown to over 2 million in the United States, there have been more and more inquiries about obtaining scholarships for homeschoolers. Because students who attend school at home have a different type of education strategy, they often do not meet some of the qualifications that many scholarships set forth, such as Grade Point Averages, senior class rankings, and student leadership or government. However, there are other ways which homeschooled high school students can pursue scholarships.
Although not technically scholarships, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association also offers contests to homeschooled students each year from which students can win up to $200 for photography, art, Christmas card art, and poetry.
The Kimball Memorial Scholarship is offered by The Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station, an historic Coast Guard Station on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Instead of an essay, students may complete a creative project of their choice to compete for this $300 scholarship. High School students who have been homeschooled for at least 3 years, or previously homeschooled students who are currently in college who have at least one year of school remaining are welcome to apply.
The states of Indiana, Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Kern County in California have various regional scholarships which are available to homeschool residents of these particular states or areas.
Apologia, a non-profit homeschool curriculum corporation, provides two different scholarship opportunities for graduates of homeschool who intend to pursue leadership/ministry training or who have shown academic excellence in their school career. Similarly, Sonlight curriculum company offers 13 scholarships various scholarship opportunities with amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for graduates who have used their curriculum throughout their school career at home.
While not specifically for homeschoolers, the Elks Most Valuable Student Award and the NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships are both very friendly to homeschoolers and are more concerned with community service than grades or academics.
Scholarships for Homeschoolers from Specific Colleges
While many colleges which offer scholarships to homeschooled students are Christian affiliated because of the connection that often occurs between the two, this is not always the case. The following schools are a mix of private and public colleges and universities which set aside monies specifically for homeschooled students to use to attend their colleges.
-Amridge University in Decatur, Georgia, presents a 25% discount for the first semester, to homeschool graduates. If the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, the incentive scholarship may be awarded at 35% for the second semester. This can be extended for three years. This school also offers a renewable First Time Freshman scholarship to students who have never attended any other college and maintain passable academic standards. http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/...
-Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, makes $4,250 available to homeschool graduates with higher GPAs and ACT standards. http://www.centralchristian.edu
-Covenant College provides a $1,000 per year scholarship to ncoming freshmen who are homeschool graduates, which is renewable for four years if minimum GPA requirements are kept. Located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. http://www.covenant.edu/...
-Letourneau University, located in Longview, Texas, offers scholarships in the amount of $3,000 will be awarded to approximately fifteen college freshmen who were previously homeschooled. This can be renewed for all four academic years. http://www.letu.edu/...
-Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA offers a homeschool scholarship for students who are associated with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association through their family. Amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 and includes students who have financial need and have demonstrated high academic achievement. http://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/...
-San Diego Christian College gives homeschooled (for at least three out of four high school years) opportunity for $2,000 scholarships. http://sdcc.edu/...
-Southern Virginia University offers up to $10,000 to students who have graduated with a homeschool diploma and have high academics. An essay is required, but a great amount of emphasis is placed on volunteer work, community rewards, and religious service. http://svu.edu/...
-University of Wisconsin Rock County Home School Scholarship makes a scholarship available to home schooled students within Rock County. An essay is required, but the portfolio carries a large weight. http://www.homeschoolamericainc.org/...
The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships
Homeschool Secrets to Getting Ready, Getting In and Getting Paid
In researching this topic, I came across a book review on a popular homeschooler blog. The book is called The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships. The review is by Kris Bales, and here is how she starts it out…
Homeschooling high school can be intimidating and there is so much to do to prepare for college. It can be, in a word, overwhelming. If you’re currently homeschooling a high school student or will be at some point, I can’t recommend highly enough The Homescholar Guide to College Admissions and Scholarships.
Lee is a recognized authority on homeschooling high school, preparing transcripts, and helping parents of homeschooled teens navigate the waters of the college admissions and scholarship process. She regularly shares her expertise on her blog, The HomeScholar and now that same practical wisdom is available in her latest book.
The Homescholar Guide to College Admissions and Scholarships is available on Kindle, too, but I loved having the paperback version…and my handy highlighter. I might need to buy a new highlighter now, though. It got quite the workout as I was reading this book.
If you would like to read the rest of Kris’s review, click over to Is Your Homeschooled Teen Prepared for College? on her blog – Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Kris is a homeschooling mom to 3 kids. Her blog is in depth and up-to-date. She really knows what she is talking about and has positioned herself as an authority on the topic of homeschooling.
Paying for college through grants and scholarships, to avoid going into deep debt, is possible if students are willing to put in the effort. Although scholarships for homeschoolers may require a little more searching, they are certainly available and should definitely be applied for!
Image: “Homeschool Graduation…” from Flickr by Jim, The Photographer
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