Scholarships come in all types and sizes. Indeed, scholarships are available for students who started a lawn care business odesigned a greeting card.—even scholarships for being tall. 

What about scholarships based on homeschooling? For students educated at home (for all or just a part of their high school career), scholarships are available. Here’s how to apply for and win them.

Home Education Recognition Organization (HERO)

HERO’s goal is in the name: recognizing the successes of home-educated students. Specifically, HERO offers three scholarships to students each year. Next year’s application will open on January 1, 2024, and close on March 1, 2024. These scholarships focus on three different areas.

  • Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship
    This one-time $1,000 scholarship award rewards academic excellence and requires an application and references. Also, students must have been homeschooled for at least two years before attending college the coming fall. Learn more >> 
  • Mason Lighthouse Scholarship
    Students with outstanding service in their church or community can apply for this one-time $1,000 award. Applicants must plan to attend college, trade school, or a missions program and been homeschooled for the last four years. Learn more >> 
  • State of the Art Scholarship
    This one-time award of $1,000 goes to a student to study the arts, including dance, music, theater, or studio art. Also, all applicants must have been homeschooled all four years of high school and demonstrate significant experience in the arts. Learn more >>

Sonlight College Scholarships

Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum offers multiple scholarships each year to students who have used Sonlight curriculum programs throughout their schooling. SHC awards up to 13 four-year scholarships ranging from $1,000/year to $5,000/year. Apply in the fall, before an early December deadline each year. Academics are important, as well as a focus on spiritual-mindedness, leadership, and service. 

Wisconsin: Kohl Excellence Scholarship

This $10,000 scholarship is awarded to 100 Wisconsin students each year, with a portion designated for homeschooled students. Additionally, students are evaluated on leadership, citizenship, academic achievement, and school and community involvement. Students apply and submit recommendations from teachers, family friends, and other community members. 

North Carolina: NCHE Scholarship

Awarded by North Carolinians for Home Education, this scholarship is for students who are full-time North Carolina homeschool seniors and members of NCHE. Categories include academics, arts, community service, scholar athletes, and missions and ministry. Scholarship decisions are based on a wide range of qualifications.

Online Scholarship Websites 

Unquestionably, 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

FastWeb is one of the leading scholarship tools online. This search is based on your experiences and qualifications. 

Scholarships.com

This website is exactly as it sounds: full of scholarships students can find and apply for. In fact, 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 offered by the college you’ll attend can lower the cost of tuition at most colleges and universities. Many colleges and universities offer merit-based scholarships. While maintaining a good GPA is key, increasing your ACT or SAT score can also affect the scholarships you receive at the college of your choice. Indeed, at most schools, the ACT or SAT is often required, and can dramatically increase your chance of winning scholarships.

The above list for homeschoolers is not exhaustive. Ask the admissions staff at colleges of interest about potential awards specific to homeschoolers. Also, talk to other students in your homeschool community to learn about state-specific scholarships. Do what you can to increase your scholarship chances and find your best-fit post-high school destination with minimal debt.

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