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Granville P. Meade Scholarship:

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 an award scholar.

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

SCHEV oversees the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Program and disperses scholarship funds, and the VDOE reviews all applications. 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 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 7, 2022.

The portal opens February 7, 2022, at 12:00 AM.

Homeschool applications must be submitted via the online portal no later than 11:59 PM, March 7, 2022.

References Deadline:
Homeschool applicant references must be submitted via the online portal no later than 11:59 PM on March 20, 2022.

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 24, 2022.

Homeschool Scholarship Selection Process

The VDOE (Virginia Department of Education) 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 13, 2022

Recipients of the scholarship will be notified of the Granville P. Meade Scholarship Committee’s decision on or before May 13, 2022. 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.

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FAQs

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.

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 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 7, 2022: Deadline for homeschool students to submit their completed application.
  • March 20, 2022: Deadline for references to be completed via online portal.
  • March 21 – April 24, 2022: 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 13, 2022: 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.