As home schooled children move into higher education roles, they are faced with many new challenges, including budgeting for tuition and other college-related expenses. Student aid in the form of Federally Subsidized Student Loans and Pell Grants are available to homeschoolers, provided eligibility requirements are met. In addition, other conventional sources of financial aid are available, as are numerous scholarships. Here is a list of scholarship that are available specifically for homeschooled students.
A Beka Academy and Pensacola Christian Academy
This is a tuition credit for Pensacola Christian Academy. The scholarship amount is dependent upon the amount of tuition paid for video homeschool courses taken through A Beka Academy.
Eligible students will be first-time freshmen who have completed a full grade-12 enrollment through A Beka Academy. For a full list of qualifications and requirements, visit the website.
Submission deadlines are August 1 (fall semester) and December 15 (spring semester).
Patrick Henry College
Scholarships of $1,000 to $1,500 are available to incoming Patrick Henry College freshman who are Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) members.
An applicant must have been homeschooled through high school, been a member of HSLDA for four years, have financial need, maintain an outstanding academic record, and be involved in community service. For a full list of qualifications and requirements, visit the website.
Submission deadline is June 1.
This is a $16,500.00 scholarship to be awarded to one high school student at the 2016 HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention.
All high school juniors and seniors–students graduating in 2016 or 2017–are eligible to enter the drawing. Enter at the Liberty University booth in the Exhibit Hall.
Submission will be accepted on June 10-11, 2016.
2016 Society of Women Engineers, Richmond Section
This is a one-time award of $1,000. (They may award two $500 awards instead)
To be eligible, a student will be a female in the Richmond area who is attending her first year of an ABET-accredited college or university and majoring in engineering or computer science. For a full list of qualifications and requirements, visit the website.
Submission deadline is March 1, 2016.
Western Virginia Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Award
Each scholarship is $1000.
Eligible applicants will be homeschool or public school students with a 3.0 GPA who live within the area served by this BBB. Each applicant must submit an application and an essay. For complete qualifications and requirements, visit the website.
Submission deadline is January 29, 2016.
Colonial Italian American Organization (CIAO)
Each year, the CIAO offers four $2,000.00 college scholarships to graduating senior students from public, private, or homeschool high schools and living in the Bruton, Jamestown, Lafayette, or Warhill school districts.
In addition to meeting the residency requirement, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have exemplified positive social values because of participation in various school, church, and/or community activities. The scholarship must be used by the student to pursue full-time, post-secondary studies in a two- or four-year accredited college, university, or vocational/technical school. Application may be found on the CIAO website. For more information, visit the website.
Submission deadline is April 11.
Little Theatre of Virginia Beach
Two (2) scholarships of $500 each will be awarded. Recipients may only win in one area. These scholarships are intended for students who wish to pursue a career in professional theater in the following areas: performance, technical, or arts management.
Scholarships are open to graduating seniors in public and private schools and seniors being homeschooled, in one of five Hampton Roads Southside cities: Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, or Virginia Beach ONLY. All applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA. For more information, visit the website.
Submission deadline is May 1.