Sorry I missed my post from the Scholarship Diva last Friday. I was buried in boxes from our recent move. I will post the info on keeping a scholarship notebook as soon as I can dig it up.
Meanwhile, this week's post is for scholarship opportunities for home schoolers. I have a tender spot for those home school moms, since I use to be one. It is not just one full time job, but two, mom and teacher, and it's not easy.
To all you home school moms out there, may you find the strength, inspiration and discipline you need to educate those kids. Just keep at it. You won't regret it.
Scholarship-Winning Tips for Homeschoolers
- Use hunting for scholarships to reinforce other skills. For example, practice writing cover letters and essays. Common prompts include career goals and “where do you see yourself in 10 years?” Practice Internet research skills by finding scholarships and determining admission/financial aid requirements of different colleges. Practice building a spreadsheet to track college and scholarship data.
- Integrate community service into your curriculum. Focus your volunteer efforts on one cause or organization instead of doing a little here and a little there. Devoting substantial time to one project shows commitment, passion, and dedication--all of which help convince scholarship committees that you’re worthy of their awards.
- Keep good records. In addition to maintaining proper documents for grades and standardized test scores, be sure to keep an accurate account of community service hours worked, the type of work you did, and have a supervisor sign off on it.
- Get a jump on the competition. Although there are a few scholarship opportunities available exclusively for homeschoolers, you are as eligible for competing for scholarships as traditionally schooled students. Your advantage, however, is the freedom to weave the search into your school day. Scholarships targeted to junior high students are also available, but these are less publicized; because most people don’t start thinking about finding scholarships until their final year of high school, the competition is thinner and your odds of winning could be stronger. While some awards are outright cash prizes, other scholarships are structured in such a way as to “hold” the winnings for a number of years until the student enters college. Some of these scholarships could even be used to cover the cost of concurrent college courses.
Here are a few homeschool-friendly scholarship opportunities: