List of Homeschool Scholarships
We are in the process of researching scholarships that are designed specifically and exclusively for homeschooled students, both from private foundations and from colleges. We are also seeking to find homeschool scholarships in countries other than the U.S.A. Please contact us if you have any scholarship listings to add.
Colleges that are known to be particularly friendly to homeschooled students, but don’t offer exclusive scholarships can be found here.
Private homeschool scholarships
Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station – Learning Vacations. Will award at least one $300 scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year to a homeschool graduate. A percentage of homeschool families’ vacation rental fees at this Washington State beach facility will go toward the scholarship fund. Application and eligibility requirements for this scholarship change from year to year. The deadline for the upcoming scholarship is June 20, 2013. www.LearnAtTheBeach.com.
Regional homeschool scholarships
Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Committee. Formed in 2000, they have awarded $52,000 to 41 Arizona homeschooled students. Requirements and application forms are available on their Web site. http://www.afhe.org/resources_scholarship.html.
California–Kern County. The Home Educators Resource Center (HERC) Legacy Scholarship is available to homeschooled high school seniors living in California’s Kern County. HERC membership is not required. Applications will be judged equally according to 1) A 300-500 word essay 2) Resume of Christian Service 3) Academic Preparedness (transcript and SAT/ACT scores). Scholarship award amount is $1,000. http://hercbakersfield.org/wp/?page_id=303.
Award for Academic Excellence. Applicants must be residents of Indiana, homeschooled throughout high school and plan to attend a four-year college. Scholarship is awarded based on academic merit alone. Financial need is not considered. Award is $2,000, renewable for up to four years. Funded by Apologia Educational Ministries. Students may call 765-608-3280 to request an application. http://www.apologia.com/index.asp?proc=pg&pg=79.
Award for Mission/Ministry Training. Administered by Apologia. http://www.apologia.com/index.asp?proc=pg&pg=79.
Virginia–The Lee-Jackson Foundation reserves one $2,000 and one $1,000 scholarship for home school or private school students in the state of Virginia. This scholarship is based primarily on writing an essay. For more information visit http://www.lee-jackson.org/.
Wisconsin–Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship. Recognizes student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. The Foundation awards $1,000 Excellence Scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates annually, with homeschooled students receiving a proportionate number of the total scholarships awarded each year. For more information contact Wisconsin Parents Association, P.O. Box 2502, Madison, WI 53701-2502. http://www.homeschoolamericainc.org/scholarships.php.
College-specific homeschool scholarships – listed by state
Amridge University. Offers scholarships worth 25% of tuition cost to homeschool graduates for their first semester. Scholarships worth 35% will be awarded for the second semester, provided the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/au_incentives.html
Faulkner University. Awards $1,500 to homeschool graduates with an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 1425. http://www.faulkner.edu/admissions/homeschooledstudents.aspx.
San Diego Christian College. Awards $2,000 to students who were homeschooled for at least three of the four high school years. http://sdcc.edu/Content.aspx?m=admissions&coll_id=13&id=128.
William Jessup University. Offers a competitive $5,000 scholarship to one first-time freshman each year who has completed all four years of high school through a homeschool program. Applicant must apply to WJU, be eligible to receive an academic scholarship and submit the Homeschool Scholarship Application by Feb. 1. Annually renewable with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. http://www.jessup.edu/financial-aid/institutional-aid/12-13-institutional-aid-programs.
Hobe Sound Bible College. Offers the Independent Study Scholarship for incoming freshmen. Applicants must have received a homeschool diploma and have a minimum combined math/verbal SAT score of 900 or an ACT score of 21. Award is $350 per semester, and applies to the first eight consecutive semesters. Student must enroll within 12 months of high school graduation.
The Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute Learning Center of West Palm Beach. Offers a homeschool graduate scholarship for 50% of tuition and a homeschool parent scholarship for 100% of tuition for a Christian Education Major. http://tyndale.edu/admissions/scholarships.
Covenant College. The number of students entering Covenant College from homeschooled backgrounds has risen from 4% in 1995 to 23% today. Incoming freshmen who are homeschool graduates receive a $1000 per year scholarship. The award is renewable each year if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. http://www.covenant.edu/admissions/undergrad/home-schooled.
Highland Community College. Awards $500 to homeschool graduates per year; requires a 250 to 300-word essay. http://www.highland.cc.il.us/admissions/schol_details.asp?SID=36.
Central Christian College. Awards a $4,250 scholarship to homeschool graduates who have a GPA of at least 3.25, and a minimum ACT score of 19 or an SAT score of at least 1350. http://www.centralchristian.edu/fascholarship.html.
Nyack College. Homeschool grants are available to freshman and transfer students based on the number of years homeschooled. Awards are up to $3,000 per year. Students must submit documentation of homeschool attendance. http://www.nyack.edu/content/homeschool-students.
Bryan College. Homeschool grant of $1,000 for students who were home educated during the last two years of high school. Not renewable. http://www.bryan.edu/scholarships.
Criswell College. A limited number of scholarships are available for first-year undergraduate freshman students graduated from homeschool. Amounts vary. http://www.criswell.edu/future_students/financial_information/financial_aid_scholarships/types_of_financial_aid/.
Houston Baptist University. Members of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society will receive $1,000 per year. This scholarship is renewable up to four years and is stackable with the Christian Forensics Scholarship and Freshman Merit Awards. In order to receive this scholarship, students must enroll at HBU as a freshman. http://www.hbu.edu/Choosing-HBU/Admissions/Financing-Your-Education/Scholarships-and-Grants/Homeschool-Student-Scholarships.aspx.
Letourneau University. Received a $5 million gift in 2010 to establish an endowed scholarship fund for homeschool students. Approximately 15 homeschooled freshman students will receive a $3,000 award, renewable over four academic years. http://www.letu.edu/_Admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/letu/home-school-endowed-scholarship.html.
Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute. All homeschool graduates entering the undergraduate program are eligible. Award is 50% of tuition cost. Additionally, parents who currently homeschool a child age 5 and older and are entering any Tyndale Christian Education program are eligible for an award covering 100% of tuition cost. http://tyndale.edu/admissions/scholarships.
Patrick Henry College. Awards scholarships to eligible Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) members. Applicant must be a freshman, have been homeschooled through high school, been a member of HSLDA for four years, have financial need, an outstanding academic record, and be involved in community service. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,500. http://www.homeschoolfoundation.org/index.php?id=9.
Southern Virginia University. Offers a homeschool scholarship of up to $10,000 each year for an incoming freshman. Requires an essay, along with a list of all religious awards and positions held, community service rendered, and community rewards received. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained in order to renew the scholarship each year. http://svu.edu/financial-services/types-of-aid/scholarships.
Homeschoolers at UW Scholarship. This privately-funded $1000 scholarship for University of Washington students was been created by a homeschool graduate, a UW student. Applicants must have graduated from high school with a homeschool diploma. Available to current UW students and those entering their freshman year. Essay is required. http://homeschooltocollege.webs.com/homeschoolscholarship.htm.
University of Wisconsin-Rock County Home School Scholarship. All homeschooled students currently enrolled or admitted to UW-Rock County are eligible to apply for this competitive scholarship. Applicants must have been homeschooled for at least one year. Essay and student portfolio required. http://www.homeschoolamericainc.org/scholarships.php.
Homeschool organization scholarships
FPEA Scholarship Fund. Inc. Offers four annual $1000 scholarships for homeschooled students. To be eligible for these scholarships, membership in the Florida Home Educators Association is required. http://www.fpeafoundation.com/scholarships/how-apply.
Homeschool Nation. Requires joining and completing a profile. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on how homeschooling has prepared them for college. Award amount is $1,000. http://hsnation.com/.
Homeschool Post-Secondary Scholarship. This scholarship will be open to all homeschool students with a graduating level equivalency as designated by ACT/SAT test scores, Vocational/Technical Certificate programs or four (4) year college/university entry acceptance requirements regardless of age. Applications will be available for scholarships when funding is available. This program is presently in the fund-raising stage. If you would like to be a financial part of the scholarship program, contact Homeschool America for information. http://www.homeschoolamericainc.org/scholarships.php.
KCI Scholarship Essay Contest. For homeschoolers whose families are members of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. The scholarship is sponsored by Kalani Consulting, Inc. (KCI). First place is a $1000 scholarship; runner-ups receive prizes. http://www.kciconsulting.com/communityservice.html.
Sonlight. Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.’s charitable foundation is sponsoring 13 scholarships for homeschool students who intend to begin college in the Fall of 2011: one $5,000 ($20,000 total), four $2,500 ($10,000 total, each), and eight $1,000 ($4,000 total, each) annual four-year scholarships. Four of the scholarships emphasize creativity, mission mindedness, acts of kindness and other factors over academics. Nine place the greatest weight on academics, with two focusing specifically on Math and Science. To be eligible to apply for the 13 homeschool scholarships being given out this year, students must have purchased and used five full Sonlight curriculum core programs, all purchased in the year 2000 or later. Deadline is December 7, 2010. http://www.sonlight.com/scholarships.html.
Washington Homeschool Organization. The Emmett Comer Scholarship is available to current members of this large Washington State homeschool organization. http://www.washhomeschool.org/events/ECScholarship.html.
This will be a listing of general scholarships that our readers have deemed to be friendly to homeschoolers; i.e. they don’t penalize because of class rank, student leadership positions, school club memberships, etc, but emphasize volunteer service, community involvement, character, personal accomplishment and future goals. These scholarships are ones that homeschooled students have previously won at various levels. If you have a scholarship to add, please email us.
Elks Most Valuable Student Award
NESA Eagle Scout Scholarships