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Sonlight: $92,000 in homeschool scholarships

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.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

‘Constituting America’ college scholarship

Scholarships for homeschoolers - ConstitutionConstituting 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.

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Friday, May 27th, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

May 10 Deadline: Kimball Memorial Scholarship

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.

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Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Scholarship search engines for homeschoolers?

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.

College Expenses Piling upThe 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.

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Monday, April 18th, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

CIU invites homeschoolers to March 4 preview

CIU: Friendly college for homeschoolersToday is the last day to register if you want to stay in the dorms for the March 4 college preview day at Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. The event is free; all you have to pay for is transportation to and from the college. Meals Thursday night through Friday lunch are provided free of charge for prospective students and their guests. CIU will arrange for transportation to and from the airport for those flying in. Walk-in registration will be available 5-6pm March 3 and 7:30-8am March 4.

CIU, a nondenominational Bible college, is known to be one of the most homeschool-friendly schools, with about a fourth of freshman students coming from a homeschool background. Numerous scholarships are available. For more information about the March 4 Preview Day, including a schedule of events, visit

Columbia International University will also be hosting the Homeschool Speech and Debate tournament, set for March 16-19.

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Friday, February 18th, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

Southeastern U student posts need request

Southeastern UniversityToday we added a new post to our Urgent Need for Spring page. A homeschooled student attending Southeastern University lacks some of the funds needed to continue school this semester. If you can help this student or any of the four other students listed, email us and we’ll provide contact information.

We also want to remind students who are lacking funds to visit their school’s financial aid office. Often there are funds available that can be applied to tuition. At least two of the students who have previously posted their needs on this site have been contacted by their college’s financial aid directors who were able to offer assistance. It never hurts to ask!

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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Kimball Memorial Homeschool Scholarship

Klipsan Beach Life Saving StationToday the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station posted on their site the requirements for the new 2011 Kimball Memorial Scholarship, designed exclusively for homeschooled students. One student will receive $300, and those receiving an honorable mention will have the opportunity to post their essay or other creative work on the Web site, plus be entered into a drawing for a week’s vacation at the Klipsan Beach Life Saving Station. High School seniors and currently enrolled college students are eligible to apply.  The deadline is May 10, 2011. For more information visit

To find out about other homeschool scholarships, visit our Homeschool Scholarships page.

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Saturday, January 15th, 2011 Homeschool No Comments

Eagle Scout projects now bring scholarship $$$

Eagle Scout Projects-Homeschool ScholarshipsEagle Scout Service Projects have always been great for homeschoolers, as they can double for school projects, and look great in homeschool portfolios. There is now a new scholarship incentive to make your project work for you.

The National Eagle Scout Association has established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout leadership service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists. The national winner will receive $2,500 and the three regional winners will receive $500.

Scouts must apply to their local council by January 21, 2011. You can find the application here.

You can find our page listing other Eagle Scout scholarhips here.

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Saturday, January 15th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

CIU reports: 25% of freshmen are homeschooled

Columbia International University (CIU), located in South Carolina, is one of the most homeschool-friendly colleges we know about. We inquired today, and were told that more than 25% of each incoming class consists of homeschooled students. There are no extra requirements for homeschool students during the admissions process, and many scholarships, while not exclusively for homeschoolers, are available.

CIU’s upcoming preview days are March 4 and April 8. Homeschool students are invited to come for the day, or arrive the day before and spend the night. Visit for more information or to schedule a visit.

Columbia International University will also be hosting the Homeschool Speech and Debate tournament, set for March 16-19.

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

New request–tuition payment due tomorrow

Grand View University homeschool scholarships

Grand View University

Today we’ve added a new request from a homeschooled student for help with spring tuition. After being unexpectedly laid off from her job, a nursing student in her junior year at Grand View University has a remaining need of $3,000 for her tuition payment, due tomorrow. We have five homeschooled students listed on the Urgent Need for Spring page. As of today, only one of them reports having his remaining need met. If you are not able to help financially, please join the students in praying that the needed funds will come in.

If you would like to help one of these students, email us and we’ll provide you with their contact information.

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

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