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Granville P. Meade Scholarship for Homeschoolers!

The Virginia Department of Education has announced the availability of the Granville P. Meade Scholarship to homeschool students. Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) has been invited to work with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in the scholarship selection process for homeschoolers. SCHEV oversees the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Program and disperses scholarship funds, and the Virginia Department of Education reviews all applications.

The Granville P. Meade Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school seniors who have had academic success but are financially unable to attend college. The scholarship awards $2,000 each year for four years to qualified students, including homeschool seniors who have a financial need. The recipients must attend one of Virginia’s public or private colleges or universities. Additional information about the scholarship can be found in the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Program 2019 Procedures for the Selection of Recipients.

Application Procedures and Important Dates

Interested homeschool students must submit the Virginia Department of Education 2012 Granville P. Meade Scholarship Application to the HEAV office in Richmond. The application deadline is April 5, 2019.

Homeschool applications must be postmarked no later than April 5, 2019, mailed to the following address:

Home Educators Association of Virginia
Granville P. Meade Scholarship
2100 West Laburnum Avenue, Suite 108A
Richmond, VA 23227

HEAV will review the applications received from homeschoolers and select the five most qualified homeschool seniors. HEAV will then submit the five applications to the Career and Technical Education Resource Center (CTE) by April 26, 2019.

Selection Process*

The Virginia Department of Education will choose the Granville P. Meade scholarship recipients from the nominees submitted from each public school division, from private school association applicants, and from homeschool applicants. The VDOE will notify HEAV of the recipients by May 10,2019. Each scholarship recipient will receive an award letter and a copy of the policy governing payment.

Granville P. Meade scholars will be selected based upon financial need and merit.

Therefore, applicants will need to demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and good character as determined by letters of recommendation and financial need.

In order to receive the four-year scholarship, students must remain enrolled in a Virginia college or university and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA each semester.

*Information from Superintendent’s Memo #036-19.

Source Information

2019 Granville P. Meade Scholarship Procedures for the Selection of Recipients (Word)

VDOE 2019 Granville P. Meade Scholarship Application (Word) 

FAQs

Rather than leave it blank, put “N/A.” There are a number of schools (public and private) that don’t include class rank.

No, typically we look at ACT or SAT tests. These are the exams that colleges/universities analyze. We would want whatever information the homeschool family would send to a college for admission.

The statement says:

Confidential letters of reference from at least four people not related to the applicant, including the applicant’s high school principal, shall be filed with this application. These letters should give specific information in regard to the applicant’s character, personality, and ability. Particular reference must be made to the applicant’s need and the family’s financial ability.

We would not need a reference from the parent, but four other non-related persons that can speak to the student’s promise to succeed at the postsecondary level.

This refers to scholarships you have received from other organizations such as the Lions Club, American Legion, Chic-Fil-A, Institute of Electrical Engineers, Daughters of the American Revolution, 4-H, etc. It does not include proposed scholarship packages offered by colleges that the student has not yet accepted.

You should write “N/A” for the answer. Don’t leave it blank.

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