Today we’ve added a new listing under colleges that offer homeschool scholarships. The Beth Anderson Memorial Home School Scholarship is available to students attending Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan. Five $500 scholarships are available to homeschool graduates who demonstrate academic achievement and community service. To see our complete list of college scholarships available exclusively for homeschoolers, click here.
If you still haven’t applied to college for the Fall of 2011, there’s still time, but it’s running out quickly. We were reminded of this when we noticed that Columbia International University (CIU), one of the more homeschool-friendly colleges, has a deadline of August 1 posted. If you’re still thinking about applying for the fall, be sure to keep an eye on the deadlines of the schools you’re considering. You may also still be able to obtain some grant and scholarship money, as funds are sometimes freed up when students choose a different school.
The deadlines for most of the major scholarships have come and gone, but many students are still scrambling to find scholarship funds for the Fall 2011 semester. Are there any scholarships still to be found? Yes! For those determined to look under every rock for college money, there are some that still need to be turned over. The best way to find these is to sign up with one of the scholarship search engines. They still list a number of ongoing competitions, and will tailor the list according to your personal profile.
For the remaining contests, creativity is often what matters most. Those who have a talent for writing essays will likely score most of the wins, but there are also contests that award other artistic endeavors. You won’t know what’s there until you take a look! You may find one that fits you perfectly. It isn’t time yet to give up on fall scholarship funds. Get back to work! There’s still money to be made.
Current and prospective homeschooled students at the University of Washington have a new scholarship opportunity, thanks to the Homeschool Advocacy Project at UW. A $1000 scholarship will be awarded, based primarily on an essay addressing one of the following prompts:
1. In what ways has homeschooling provided you with a unique education? How do you expect having been homeschooled will influence your experiences in college and beyond? Support your claims with specific examples.
2. What are the grounds for the legal or moral right to homeschool? Should people have the right to homeschool? Why or why not? Be sure to address both sides and cite evidence when appropriate.
3. Address the issue of government involvement. Should school districts keep track of and monitor homeschoolers? If so, to what extent? Should homeschoolers have to demonstrate to the government that they are on track educationally? If so, why? Cite research to support your claims.
Essays will be judged on overall content, structure, writing mechanics and use of supporting evidence. Deadline is June 30. For more information, visit the Web site here.
We’ve updated our AWANA Citation scholarships page after learning about two significant changes. Unfortunately, Oklahoma Wesleyan University no longer offers the scholarship. On a much more positive note, Columbia International University will, for the first time, offer $2000 Citation scholarships beginning with the 2011/2012 school year.
CIU is an excellent Bible College, located in Columbia, SC, that offers a variety of additional majors. It has a reputation for being accommodating to homeschool students, with approximately 1/3 of each incoming freshman class consisting of students previously homeschooled. To learn more about CIU, visit their Web site here. To visit our page with a list of approximately 40 colleges offering AWANA scholarships, click here.
For those unfamiliar with AWANA scholarships, they are typically guaranteed scholarships that reward years of hard work by the student. Most schools offer scholarships for only the highest award, the Citation, but some also offer scholarships for the Timothy and Meritorious awards. AWANA is popular with homeschoolers, as much of the work can be incorporated into a homeschool curriculum.
Today we added a page to our site addressing the importance of homeschool transcripts–not just for college admissions, but also how they play a part in the scholarship game. It isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to how much effort and time should be spent on transcripts and the supporting course descriptions and portfolios. Check out our new “Transcripts” page here.
Congratulations to the Sonlight Homeschool Scholarship winners for 2011! Sonlight will award a total of $92,000 to 13 graduating homeschool students over the next four years. Lauren Dahl, from Romania won the $20,000 scholarship. Winners of the $10,000 scholarship are Christopher Avrit of Antioch, TN and Southeast Asia; Allison Dahl of Romania; Carol Losey of Central Asia; and Audrey Ward of Hendersonville, NC. Winners of the $4,000 scholarship are Kira Clark of North Bend, WA; Maria Cupery of Grand Rapids, MI and Turkey; Christian Daniel of Lawrenceville, GA; Caleb Little of Columbia, SC; Johanna Raquet of Beavercreek, OH; Trevor Phillips of Cary, NC; Joshua Whitman of Wichita, KS; and Natasha Parsons of Pine, CO.
Some of the colleges these students plan to attend are Cornerstone University, Lipscomb University, Colorado Christian University, Patrick Henry College, Calvin College, Auburn University, Covenant College, Clemson University, Cedarville University, LeTourneau University, and the University of Northern Colorado.
For information about Sonlight scholarships, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page.
Constituting America’s We the People 9.17 Contest for 2011 is now accepting entries from college students. Create a short film, song, public service announcement or PSA video for a chance to win a scholarship and other great prizes. High school students are also eligible. We consider this a great opportunity for homeschooled students. Deadline is June 14.
There are only six more days to apply for a private scholarship designed just for homeschoolers. The Kimball Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station, is available to high school seniors as well as former homeschoolers who are now attending college. First place is a $300 scholarship; runners-up are entered into a drawing for a week’s vacation at the historic Life Saving Station. An essay or other creative work is required, except for applicants who scored higher in writing on their SAT or ACT than in reading or math. For more information about the scholarship, visit Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station’s Web site here.
When we first became aware of scholarship search engines, we had reservations about using them. They required a lot of personal information, and we doubted they would offer much help for a homeschooled student. We had read numerous negative comments, complaining that they were a waste of time. However, being quite desperate for college funds, we signed up with FastWeb. There was no reason for choosing that particular college scholarship search engine, other than the fact it was the first one we heard about.
What we learned about FastWeb was that if used correctly, it can bring numerous scholarships even to the doors of homeschoolers. It was through FastWeb that we learned about some of the scholarships that our son ended up winning, such as the Elks Most Valuable Student Award for $1,000, the Hall/McElwain Scholarship for $1000 and the Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship for $4,000.
The key is to not waste time in applying for scholarships where you don’t excel in at least one of the required areas. For example, if you’ve contributed hundreds of hours in volunteer service, focus on the scholarships that emphasize community involvement. If you have good grades and SAT/ACT scores, but not great ones, it’s probably a waste of time applying for scholarships that appear to concentrate primarily on academics. If you’re relatively good at writing essays, look for essay contests that feature a subject you are interested in.
FastWeb selects scholarships based on the profile you provide. They do a decent job of tailoring them to your specific needs and interests, but it helps to delete those that aren’t realistic for your situation. Otherwise, the process can seem overwhelming. While going through the list, you can mark as a “favorite” those that you think you may be uniquely qualified for. You may also want to delete the listings deemed “promotions” as most are just drawings intended to get you to sign up with more search sites. We initially signed up for a couple of these, and then realized there was very little new information gained by registering with numerous sites. We found it best to choose one, and stick with it. After narrowing your selection to a manageable number, organize by date so that you don’t miss upcoming deadlines.
Our consensus is that scholarship search engines work great, as long as you’re willing to take the time to evaluate which of their scholarship selections are genuinely suited for you.