homeschool scholarships for college
It can seem like a slow process, but the list of homeschool scholarships for college is growing, from those recently created to those that are just now being discovered. We now have a list of 37 college scholarships that are exclusively for homeschoolers. But we need your help! Please take a look at our list of scholarships that are designed just for homeschoolers, and let us know if we’re missing one you know about. Email us if you have any to add. Also, let us know about scholarships you’ve successfully competed for, that are homeschool-friendly, but not limited to homeschoolers. We’ve created a separate list for those.
Our newest scholarship to join the list is for Southern Virginia University. The school offers a homeschool scholarship of up to $10,000 each year for an incoming freshman. It requires an essay, along with a list of all religious awards and positions held, community service rendered, and community rewards received. For more information about this scholarship, as well as the complete listing of all homeschool scholarships, visit our homeschool scholarships page.
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.
We’ve updated our urgent need requests from students looking for financial help for the fall semester. To find out how their needs are being met, visit our Urgent Need for Fall page. We’ll be publishing urgent need requests (up to 20) for the spring semester beginning Dec. 1. If you’ve already been accepted by a college, but have remaining financial need, email us and we’ll publish your information. The following format should be followed:
- Name: Full name; we will post only your three initials.
- Age: For this listing, you must be at least 18.
- Homeschooling: List number of years homeschooled, and whether or not you have a homeschool diploma.
- College: You must have already been accepted for the spring semester, and the college be expecting you.
- Cost of spring semester: List the total for tuition and room/board only.
- Remaining need for the spring semester: List what you still need in order to be able to enroll.
- Date: List the final date when your tuition must be paid.
- College contact information: Provide a name or office (with contact info) for verification of your status.
- College major and how you plan to use it: List your future plans. Maximum of two sentences.
- Accomplishments (optional): List up to five activities or awards that describe you.
- Reason for need (optional): You may include one reason as to why you have this need, such as illness, parent unemployment, etc. One sentence only.
A second college joins our list of homeschool scholarships available in Florida. The Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute Learning Center of West Palm Beach offers a homeschool graduate scholarship that covers 50% of tuition. Tyndale goes a step further and offers a scholarship for homeschool parents majoring in Christian Education. The parent scholarship covers 100% of tuition.
Other homeschool scholarships available in Florida include those offered by Hobe Sound Bible College and four annual $1,000 homeschool scholarships offered by the Florida Home Educators Association.
Visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page for information on 33 college scholarships available specifically for homeschool students.
Today we list a third homeschool scholarship offered by California colleges and universities. William Jessup University joins San Diego Christian College and Simpson University in offering a scholarship just for homeschoolers. This is a competitive $5,000 renewable scholarship awarded to a first-time freshman each year who has completed all four years of high school through a homeschool program. Application deadline is Feb. 1. For more information about this scholarship as well as other college scholarships just for homeschoolers, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page.
Today we’ve listed a scholarship available to members of The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers. For this scholarship, an essay is required. The first place winner receives a $1000 college scholarship, while runner-ups receive prizes. For more information on this scholarship for Virginia homeschoolers, as well as a listing of 30 more scholarships just for homeschoolers, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page.
We’ve added a new page to the Etc section of this site–Homeschool College Fairs. By sending representatives to these fairs, colleges are also sending the message that they are anxious to have homeschooled students apply for admission. Homeschool college fairs are a great place to find out which colleges offer scholarships to homeschoolers, and present an opportunity to compare admissions policies for homeschooled students.
Beginning our list is the Pacific Northwest Homeschool Fair, to be held Nov. 6 in Bothel, WA. If you know of upcoming homeschool college fairs in your area, email us and we’ll post them.
Today we received an email from the Director of Apologia Mission, a 501(c)3 non-profit arm of Apologia Educational Ministries. Apologia Mission was created to promote worldwide missions efforts while giving back and investing in the homeschool community.
Apologia Mission currently offers two college scholarships for homeschoolers. The first is an academic scholarship for homeschooled students in Indiana; the second for North Carolina homeschoolers who plan to train for the ministry or missions.
Apologia Mission also offers a homeschool scholarship for students planning to attend Impact 360, an outstanding Christian gap year program. Students from any state are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
For information on the two college scholarships, and a link to Apologia Mission’s site, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page. For information on the Impact 360 Scholarship, visit the Etc. page. To learn more about Impact 360, visit our Gap Year Programs page.
Today we’ve added the University of Wisconsin–Rock County to our list of colleges for which homeschool scholarships are available. To find out if you’re eligible, visit our List of Homeschool Scholarships page. We have now listed 28 scholarships that are designed just for homeschoolers. Help us continue to grow the list by creating new college scholarships for homeschoolers or by letting us know of existing ones.