College is more than a just a dream for homeschoolers. It can be a reality. Best yet, it can be affordable, thanks to several scholarships aimed at homeschoolers.
According toe College Scholarship.Org, several scholarship programs are focusing – and even encouraging – students who have been homeschooled to apply. One reason given was that homeschooled students had shown remarkable achievement in one area.
“This may have something to do with the widely publicized studies revealing that homeschoolers have consistently scored higher on college entrance exams than their public school counterparts for the last eight years,” the website stated.
The scholarship being offered can be from a state to it residence or from certain groups specializing in homeschooling. Also, state and private universities, as well as religiously affiliated institutions have shown a keen interest in giving scholarships to this particular group of students. In one case, Oral Roberts University, grants are awarded.
No matter where a student looks, opportunities are there for the taking. College Scholarship.Org listed four examples: One was offered through a state, the other by an organization via a college, and another through a major university.
Hathaway Scholarship (Wyoming’s state scholarship)
Many states – if not all in the United States – offer scholarships for homeschoolers within its borders. Wyoming offers a scholarship that is not specific to homeschooled students, but doesn’t exclude them, either. One such example is Hathaway Scholarship.
This particular scholarship awards financial needs and merits to eligible students and is for those coming from a traditional or non-traditional school. While GPAs are factors for students enrolled in public and private schools, this requirement is waived for homeschoolers. Instead, they must meet other criteria such as submitting a list of classes completed and ACT or WorkKeys test scores. Also, they must complete a college entrance application before the age of 21.
The student applying for this particular scholarship should also meet the requirements of four other scholarships offered by the state: Hathaway Career, Opportunity, Performance, or Honor. Hathaway Scholarship is good for accredited Wyoming community colleges as well as the University of Wyoming.
Many state scholarships follow a similar route. However, there are variations (as well as different types of scholarships offered by the state). It is essential to obtain more information from the state’s department of education (As for Wyoming, more information for the scholarship at the Hathaway Scholarship Portal at the Wyoming Department of Education website).
Home Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
Another form of scholarship for homeschoolers are those coming from an organization. One example is the Home Legal Defense Association. HSLDA, through Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, has a scholarship aimed directly at Christian homeschooled students. It will offer HSLDA members $1,000 to $1,500.
According to College Scholarship.Org, applicants for this particular scholarship must be in financial needs, have outstanding academic achievement and are involved in community services. Also, they need to be applying to Patrick Henry College as a freshman. Another qualification is that the applicant’s family has been an HSLDA member for at least four years.
Many religious-oriented schools and institutions will offer homeschool grants. The grants can either be offered to pay for books, tutoring, and other items during a student’s homeschooling career. They are offered, in many cases, by organizations dealing with homeschooling or by churches.
At the post-secondary level, private universities, such Oral Robert University in Tulsa, Oklahoma are handing out grants. It is an award of $2000. Applicants need to have been homeschooled for four years and graduated from a homeschool (CollegeScholarship.Org, 2012). Also, they should have been already accepted into the university.
Federal and state programs offer grants to nearly anyone who applies and meets the minimum standards. Many of them don’t mention any additional qualifications for homeschoolers. On the other hand, they don’t have any rules excluding them from applying.
Traditional University Scholarships
Nearly every major university has some form of scholarship honoring homeschooled students. Michigan State University is one such university that has offered scholarships. Still, the university asks homeschooler applying for their scholarship to supply the same type of information as an applicant from a traditional high school. This may lead to problems with the transcripts.
On the other hand, schools such as Southern Virginia University are offering scholarships exclusively for homeschoolers. They will offer $10,000 per year for incoming freshman. They require an essay, list of religious awards, community services and rewards.
There are other scholarships for homeschoolers. Those mentioned are only a few examples. Sits such as HomeschoolScholarship.com lists several of them. Also, portals on state and federal department of education will have a further information of scholarships and grants. It is essential that parents and applicants do research to find the most appropriate scholarship or grant to fit their educational needs.