But what about scholarships based on how and where you went to school? For students educated at home (for all or just a part of their high school career), there are scholarships available to offset even a portion of college tuition. Learn more about these scholarships for homeschoolers and how to apply!
Home Education Recognition Organization (HERO)
HERO’s goal is in the name: to recognize the successes of home-educated students. And the primary way they do that is through three scholarships offered to students each year. These scholarships focus on three different areas, so there’s an opportunity for every student!
Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to students who have excelled in academics. Students must have been homeschooled for at least the last two years prior to attending college the coming fall. An application and references are required for this scholarship. Learn more about this scholarship >>
Mason Lighthouse Scholarship
This scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 for students who have been outstanding in their service at their church or in their community. They must be planning to attend college, a trade school, or a missions program and must have been homeschooled for the last four years. Learn more about this scholarship >>
State of the Art Scholarship
This scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student who plans to study the arts in college, such as dance, music, theater, or studio art. All applicants must have been homeschooled all four years of high school and demonstrate significant experience in the arts. Learn more about this scholarship >>
Sonlight College Scholarships
Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum offers multiple scholarships each year to students who have used a number of Sonlight curriculum programs throughout their schooling. They award up to thirteen scholarships based on a number of student characteristics.
Certain criteria focus primarily on academics, with a secondary focus on spiritual-mindedness, leadership, and service. Another scholarship focuses primarily on mission-mindedness and acts of service. These scholarships last for four years and are available to any homeschool students who meet the criteria.
Wisconsin: Kohl Excellence Scholarship
This is a great scholarship awarded to one hundred Wisconsin students each year, with a portion of those scholarships designated for homeschool students. Students are evaluated based on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. Students submit an application as well as recommendations from teachers, family friends, and other community members. The Kohl Excellence Scholarship is a $10,000 award and a great opportunity for homeschool students in Wisconsin!
North Carolina: NCHE Scholarship
Another state-specific homeschool scholarship is awarded by North Carolinians for Home Education. This scholarship is available for students who are full-time North Carolina homeschool seniors and members of NCHE. The categories for these scholarships are academics, arts, community service, scholar athlete, and missions and ministry. The scholarship decisions are based on a wide range of qualifications but eligible homeschool students in North Carolina should keep this scholarship in mind when applying for college!
Online Scholarship Websites
There are also a large number of scholarships that, while not exclusively for homeschoolers, don’t exclude homeschool students. It takes some digging, but looking into these websites to find scholarships you might qualify for can be rewarding. Even small scholarships can quickly add up and help you graduate from college with minimal debt. Here are some of our favorite scholarship websites:
FastWeb is one of the leading scholarship tools online. Use it to search for scholarships based on your experiences and qualifications or to learn more about opportunities like essay contests to earn scholarships. Invest the time and effort to search for and apply to scholarships available to you to help decrease your college expenses.
This website is exactly what it sounds like: full of scholarships students can find and apply for. This website boasts over 3.7 million scholarships worth over a billion dollars! Start searching and apply for a piece of the action!
Merit-based Scholarships for Homeschoolers
Beyond awards exclusive to homeschool students, merit-based scholarships can be a great opportunity to lower the cost of tuition at most colleges and universities. While maintaining a good GPA is the first start, doing what you can to increase your ACT or SAT score can also make a huge impact on the scholarships you receive at the college of your choice.
These scholarships for homeschoolers offer good opportunities for students who learn at home, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of all opportunities for homeschool students! Ask the admissions staff at colleges of interest about potential opportunities specific to homeschoolers or talk to other students in your homeschool community to learn about state-specific scholarship opportunities. Do what you can to increase your scholarship chances and graduate college with minimal debt!
A Homeschooler’s Guide to ACT & SAT Prep
This webinar walks through ways to prepare your homeschool students for the ACT & SAT, starting younger than you might think!