Granville P. Meade Scholarship

CLOSED Application.

CLOSED. The Granville P. Meade Scholarship is annually open to Virginia homeschooled students! This Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) scholarship is available to any high school senior (public, private, or homeschooled) who has had academic success but has financial difficulty attending college.

The scholarship offers multiple awards of potentially up to $2,000 each year for four years (a potential total of $8,000) to several qualified students who have a financial need. Homeschooled seniors have often been selected as award scholars.

The recipient must attend one of Virginia’s community colleges or public or private four-year colleges or universities.

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) oversees the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Program and disperses scholarship funds, and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE ) reviews all applications. Home Educators Association of Virginia (HEAV) works with SCHEV and VDOE in the homeschool applicant selection process.

HEAV receives and reviews all Virginia homeschool scholarship applications and forwards five finalists to be considered for the final VDOE selection.

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 3, 2023.

The portal opens January 30, 2023, at 12:00 AM.

Homeschool applications must be submitted via the online portal no later than 11:59 PM, March 3, 2023.

References Deadline:
Homeschool applicant references must be submitted via the online portal no later than 11:59 PM on March 15, 2023.

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 May 5, 2023.

Homeschool Scholarship Selection Process

The VDOE will select the Granville P. Meade scholarship recipients from the nominees submitted from each public school division, private school association applicants, and homeschool applicants.

Award Decision Date: May 19, 2023

Recipients of the scholarship will be notified of the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Committee’s decision on or before May 19, 2023. 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.



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:

  1. Relationship to the student
  2. Any information about financial hardships or obstacles the student has had to overcome
  3. Reasons why this student should be considered for this award (for example: the applicant’s character, personality, achievements, and ability)
  4. 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.

Please keep in mind that it is most likely not the student’s fault that the letter is missing. Here are your two options:

  • Request the letter (by emailing the recommender or student directly) so your team can use it in the decision-making process.
  • Take the average score for the other two letters and adjust your scoring so that a missing letter does not penalize the student.

If your team does select an application with a missing letter to advance to the next round and you are able to access the letter, please forward it to so it can be uploaded manually on the student’s behalf.

Questions and technical assistance with the online portal should be directed to the Survey Monkey Apply support team through the help center.

Homeschool application questions regarding the application process or application can be directed to the Home Educators Association of Virginia designated chair Ms. Sarah Touchet by telephone at 757-595-3751 or by email at


  • March 3, 2023: Deadline for homeschool students to submit their completed application.
  • March 15, 2023: Deadline for references to be completed via online portal.
  • April 11 – May 5, 2023: 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.
  • May 19, 2023: 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.