HEAV Scholarship

HEAV will award two scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. The first will be in the amount of $2,500 to a student pursuing higher education at a four-year college/university or a two-year community college.  The second scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000 to a student pursuing work/study in a Christian mission field, an apprenticeship, or a vocational school. Scholarships are not renewable.

$2,500 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicant must have applied for admission to—and subsequently be accepted and enroll as a degree-seeking student at—a public or private four-year college/university or a two-year community college.
  • Applicant must have resided in Virginia for a minimum of one year prior to application.
  • Applicant’s family must be current members of HEAV and remain current members throughout the term of the scholarship award. Join now! www.heav.org
  • An academic transcript for grades 9-12 with course names, grades, and GPA must be submitted, showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transcript must be signed by the parent or an official.
  • Applicant must provide evidence of compliance with the Virginia homeschool statute §22.1-254 or provide an exemption.
  • All four years of high school must have been completed as a homeschool student.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation from non-family members are required.

$1,000 CAREER SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicant must provide evidence of acceptance to a Christian program on the mission field, an apprenticeship, or a vocational school, and must begin the program no later than September 2018.
  • Applicant must have resided in Virginia for a minimum of one year prior to application.
  • Applicant’s family must be current members of HEAV and remain current members throughout the term of the scholarship award. Join now! www.heav.org
  • An academic transcript for grades 9-12 with course names, grades, and GPA must be submitted, showing a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transcript must be signed by the parent or an official.
  • Applicant must provide evidence of compliance with the Virginia homeschool statute §22.1-254 or provide an exemption.
  • All four years of high school must have been completed as a homeschool student.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation from non-family members are required.

GENERAL RULES:

  • Applicant must complete all information on the scholarship application and meet all requirements. Applicant must also submit all required documentation. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
  • Applicant must submit two signed letters of recommendation from a community leader or someone involved with the applicant, such as an employer who can attest to the student’s character, extra-curricular activities, or community involvement.
  • Letters of recommendation must meet the following guidelines:

1.  Letters must be from a non-family member.
2. The writer of the recommendation must identify himself (or herself), indicate the context and length of time of the relationship with the applicant, and include contact information (phone number, address, and e-mail address).
3.  Signed letters of recommendation must be included with the application and submitted at the link below. 

  • Scholarship funds will be payable directly to the college, school, or program to which the student has been accepted.
  • Receipts or verification of the proper use of the scholarship money may be required.
  • If the scholarship funds are not used within 12 months of the award, they must be returned to the HEAV Scholarship Fund.
  • By entering the scholarship contest, students agree to abide by the rules and must meet all eligibility requirements. Each applicant must acknowledge that the entry is their own original document, and that it does not violate or infringe the rights—including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of publicity or privacy—of any third party.

Eligibility

Applicant should be

  • A 2018 high school graduate
  • A focused young person solid in his or her Christian faith
  • Capable of giving a reasoned response for his or her hope in Christ
  • A leader and example of faith to his or her peers

Letters of recommendation should include the following: 

  • Describe the applicant and his or her relationship to you.
  • What kind of person is the individual?
  • What character strengths does this person exhibit?
  • What type of work ethic is demonstrated?
  • Is there evidence of leadership skills?
  • In what way is Christ-likeness shown?

ESSAY QUESTION:

What one homeschool experience has made you stronger?
ESSAY FORMAT REQUIREMENTS
    • Must be an original composition written by applicant
    • Essay should be submitted online with application form
    • Word Count: limited to no more than 500 words
    • Essay should be double-spaced

Application
Submit reference letter here.

Links will be active on November 15, 2017.


APPLICATION DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • All scholarship applications must be received by HEAV no later than 4 p.m. on January 15, 2018.
  • The winner will be notified by March 15, 2018.
  • Winners will be notified by certified/return receipt mail.
  • Incomplete applications and late applications will not be considered.
  • Entries are void if they are incomplete or received after the deadline.
  • No responsibility is assumed by HEAV for late, lost, damaged, or misdirected entries.
  • Official presentation of the scholarship award will be made at the HEAV Convention on June 9, 2018.
  • The scholarship winner is required to attend the HEAV Convention dressed in cap and gown to publicly accept the award. The student is not required to graduate at the HEAV commencement ceremony.
  • Applications, letters, and essays become the property of HEAV. They will not be returned.
  • HEAV reserves the right to publish the scholarship winner’s name, photograph, and all or part of the winning essay in a press release and/or in any or all future HEAV publications.

INDEPENDENT JUDGING:

  • The scholarship committee has no vested interest in the results of the award.
  • HEAV will review scholarship applications for proper information and attachments, remove identifying information from the scholarship application and replace it with a number or identifier, then forward all applications to judges for a point system review.
  • All eligible entries will be judged by a panel of five judges.
  • Applications for the scholarships will be judged on the basis of the following:
    • Is the applicant a focused young person solid in his or her Christian faith?
    • Is there evidence of excellence in academics?
    • Is the application complete, demonstrating use of good grammar, punctuation, and spelling?
    • Does the high school transcript show a desire for academic excellence? Is the applicant an exemplary student? Does the course of study indicate that the applicant is intellectually focused?
    • Is there evidence of Christian leadership at home, in groups, or at the workplace that demonstrates initiative and contributions to the student’s sphere of influence?
    • Does the applicant demonstrate service to others?
    • Do the letters of recommendation reflect good Christian character, strong leadership, a good work ethic, and faith?
    • Is the essay well written and does it thoroughly address the question?
  • Applications for the career scholarship will be judged on the basis of the following:
    • Is the applicant a focused young person solid in his or her Christian faith?
    • Is there evidence of excellence in academics, community service, or a particular vocation?
    • Is the application complete, demonstrating use of good grammar, punctuation, and spelling?
    • Does the high school transcript show a desire for academic excellence, or does the student demonstrate a strong desire to contribute in a positive way to his community, to the country, or to the world?
    • Is the applicant an exemplary student, or does the applicant show excellence is some particular vocational area? Does the course of study indicate that the applicant is clearly focused on his desire to help those around them?
    • Does the applicant show a strong and committed desire to work in a particular vocation for which he desires to obtain additional training?
    • Is there evidence of leadership at home, in groups, or at the workplace, that demonstrates initiative and contributions to the student’s sphere of influence?
    • Does the applicant demonstrate service to others?
    • Do the letters of recommendation reflect good character, strong leadership and a good work ethic?
    • Is the essay well written and does it thoroughly address the question?
  • Judges will look for content, clarity, style, originality, organization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Financial need is not a criterion for the scholarship.
  • Winners will be selected and notified by March 15, 2018.  Winner must provide evidence of high school graduation (as well as acceptance to a qualified college/university or evidence of acceptance to a Christian mission field program,  apprenticeship, or vocational school) and must begin the program no later than September 2018.
  • All decisions of the judges and HEAV are final.
APPLICATION CHECKLIST:
  • Completed and signed application form according to online instructions.
  • Two signed letters of recommendation from non-family members must be submitted by the references using the online link provided in the application form.
  • Signed transcript.
  • 500-word, double-spaced essay.
  • Evidence of compliance with the Virginia homeschool statute §22.1-254 or an exemption.
QUESTIONS:
You may contact the HEAV office at 804-278-9200 or email scholarship@heav.org with questions. All applications must be submitted using the online application process.
NOTE: Employees and board members of Home Educators Association of Virginia and their immediate family members or individuals living in their households are not eligible for this scholarship. In addition, essay judges, their immediate family members, and individuals living in their households are not eligible for this scholarship.