Scholarships for Homeschoolers

Instructor: Melinda Santos
College-bound homeschooled students are typically offered the same opportunities to apply for scholarships as traditionally-schooled students. Learn about some of the scholarships specifically offered to homeschoolers and identify resources to help students apply for them.

Scholarships for Homeschoolers

While most scholarships, especially those sponsored by large corporations, do not exclude homeschooled students, there are many reserved exclusively for homeschooled students. Several scholarships sponsored by homeschool organizations and specific colleges offer these. The list below includes some of the many scholarships available to homeschoolers, along with the criteria that must be met to apply.

Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) Scholarships

This organization offers a vocational, an academic and a statesman scholarship to Florida residents who have been homeschooled for the duration of high school and are members of the FPEA. All three scholarships require an essay or autobiography, homeschool transcripts, references and test scores. While all three scholarships evaluate service experience, the statesman scholarship especially emphasizes community involvement. The academic scholarship recognizes an academically gifted student, and the vocational award is offered to an individual seeking vocational training post high school.

Sonlight Curriculum Foundation Scholarships

The creators of Sonlight Curriculum invite homeschooled students who have used at least five Sonlight Curriculum Core programs to apply for their scholarships. Awards are offered to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and acts of notable character. A total of thirteen scholarships are available and they are divided between two different criteria. One criterion emphasizes academic achievement; the other focuses on creativity, spiritual mindset and acts of kindness. Two $2,500 and two $1,000 scholarships are offered in the creative/character category, while one $5,000, two $2,500 and six $1,000 scholarships are available in the academic category. Scholarship recipients receive the awarded amount each of the four years while attending college.

Al Clements Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the late homeschool activist, Al Clements, two $300 scholarships are awarded by the Apostolate of Roman Catholic Homeschooling (ARCH) to merit-based students that completed a minimum of their final two years of high school in a homeschool setting. Community outreach and traveling, in addition to a transcript and SAT or ACT test scores, are considered for the awards. Along with the scholarship application, students will also need to submit a 200-500 word essay about their educational goals and career aspirations.

Home Education Recognition Organization (HERO) Scholarships

Open to Florida homeschooled students, the HERO organization offers three scholarships in specific categories. These scholarships include:

  • Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a student with high academic achievement, applicants for this $1,000 scholarship must submit references, an autobiography, available test scores and transcripts. Students must have been homeschooled during the final two years of high school.
  • Mason Lighthouse Scholarship: This $1,000 award is issued to a student who is community service-oriented and homeschooled for the duration of high school. A transcript, service experience, an autobiography and references need to be submitted with the application.
  • State of the Arts Scholarship: Students homeschooled throughout high school wishing to pursue visual or performing arts post high school can apply for this $1,000 scholarship. Along with the application, references, an autobiography and transcripts, students applying for this award need to submit a list of artistic accomplishments and either a ten page or less portfolio or a 5 minute CD or DVD that exhibits their work.

Additional Resources

In addition to the scholarships mentioned above, The Home School Legal Defense Association website provides an extensive list of available scholarships. As you research and apply for scholarships, always check the specific criteria for each award to verify if homeschooled students are eligible to apply. For additional help applying for scholarships and financial aid, check out some of these useful resources:

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