Scholarships come in all types and sizes. Indeed, scholarships are available for students who started a lawn care business, and designed 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: to recognize the successes of home-educated students. Specifically, HERO offers three scholarships to students each year. 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 the two years prior to 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 scholarship is a one-time award of $1,000 to a student to study the arts in college, 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. 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 homeschool students. Additionally, students are evaluated on leadership, citizenship, academic achievement, 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 athlete, and missions and ministry. Scholarship decisions are based on a wide range of qualifications.
Online Scholarship Websites
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. Search based on your experiences and qualifications.
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 can lower the cost of tuition at most colleges and universities. While maintaining a good GPA is key, increasing your ACT or SAT score can also impact the scholarships you receive at the college of your choice. In fact, that ACT or SAT typically matters more for homeschoolers.
While these scholarships for homeschoolers offer good opportunities for students who learn at home, this is not an exhaustive list. 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 graduate college with minimal debt!
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