Granville P. Meade Scholarship:
Open for Homeschoolers!
Open for Homeschoolers!
The Granville P. Meade Scholarship is open for Virginia homeschooled students! This homeschool scholarship is available to any high school senior who has had academic success but has financial difficulty attending college may apply.
The scholarship awards multiple scholarships of $2,000 each year for four years (a total of $8,000) to several qualified students, including homeschool seniors, who have a financial need.
The recipient must attend one of Virginia’s community colleges or public or private four-year colleges or universities.
HEAV (Home Educators Association of Virginia) works with SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia) and VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) in the homeschool scholarship selection process.
SCHEV oversees the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Program and disperses scholarship funds, and the VDOE reviews all applications.
HEAV reviews all homeschool scholarship applications and selects five finalists.
How to Apply:
Interested Virginia homeschool senior students must submit the VDOE Granville P. Meade application and references through the VDOE online portal link. See the VDOE for details on the application process and important deadlines can also be found at the VDOE link.
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021.
Homeschool applications must be submitted via the online portal no later than March 5, 2021.
References Deadline: March 19, 2021
Homeschool applicant references must be submitted via the online portal no later than March 19, 2021:
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 Virginia Department of Education by April 16, 2021.
Homeschool Scholarship 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.
Recipients of the scholarship will be notified of the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Committee’s decision on or before April 30, 2021.
Students can check the status of their application at any time using the online portal.
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 GPA of 2.5 each semester.
Virginia Department of Education
Student Services through Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
Yes, it is assumed that is the case.
Rather than leave it blank, put “N/A” (not applicable). There are a number of schools, public and private, that don’t include class rank.
Yes. If attending a private or homeschool please select one of these two options (Do not identify a public school division).
This refers only to the standardized College Board SAT or the ACT test for college admission. These are the exams that colleges/universities analyze. You must provide information the homeschool student would send to a college or university for admission. If no assessment has been taken, please answer “N/A.”
It does not include standardized tests such as the Iowa Basic, California Achievement Test, the Stanford, etc.
No. The statement says:
“These three confidential reference letters must be from individuals not related to you. One letter should be from an administrator or “head of school” (unless you are homeschooled).”
The committee cannot accept a reference from the parent, but three other non-related persons that can speak to the student’s promise to succeed at the postsecondary level.
The application information states:
“Recommenders will be asked to share the following information within their letters:
- Relationship to the student
- Any information about financial hardships or obstacles the student has had to overcome
- Reasons why this student should be considered for this award (for example: the applicant’s character, personality, achievements, and ability)
- Contact information.”
This refers to scholarships you have received from other organizations such as the Lions Club, American Legion, Chick-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” (not applicable) for the answer. Don’t leave it blank.
An application would immediately be disqualified for review for one or more of the following:
- an application submitted after the designated deadline
- an application from a student who is not a Virginia homeschool senior
- an application package sent to the incorrect address for a homeschooled student
- an incomplete application
- failure to provide three letters of references via the VDOE portal by the designated deadline
- failure to follow specific directions
HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE
- March 5, 2021: Deadline for homeschool students to submit their completed application.
- March 19, 2021: Deadline for references to be completed via online portal.
- March 20 – April 16, 2021: Review window for the Home Educators Association of Virginia to select and submit the five most qualified homeschool applications to the Virginia Department of Education via the online portal.
- April 30, 2021: Recipients of the scholarship will be notified on or before this date. Students can check the status of their application at any time using the online portal.