2017 Scholarship Program

Scholarships
       The NCHE Scholarship Program was instituted to encourage and reward excellence in homeschooling in North Carolina. Since it began in 1997, the Program has awarded over $116,000 to homeschool graduates from NCHE member families. NCHE Scholars have attended a range of two- and four-year colleges, including the University of North Carolina, N.C. State, and Duke; the U.S. Air Force Academy; Moody Bible Institute and Patrick Henry College, as well as non-degree programs in aviation and missions.
      Scholarship categories include academic scholarships, arts scholarships and community service scholarships. NCHE is accepting applications for the Apologia Mission scholarship which is for NC graduates who plan to pursue a career in missions or ministry. Every applicant will be considered for all awards for which they qualify. Only one scholarship will be awarded to each successful applicant.

Qualifications
        For all scholarships, the applicant must be a legal, full-time North Carolina homeschooler and a memberof NCHE.  Applicants must be high school seniors.
      Full time homeschooler: NCHE recognizes the wide range of educational paths taken by individual families, and the selection process is designed to take this into account. For the purposes of this homeschool scholarship, “full time” is defined as a student receiving more than half of his or her instruction under the parents’ direct supervision, and not being claimed as a full time student by any other institution.
​      Please note, the NCHE diploma program and graduation ceremony are separate from the scholarship application process. It is not necessary to request an NCHE diploma or to take part in the NCHE graduation ceremony to be considered in the scholarship program. 
​      NCHE member: To check your membership status, sign in to http://nche.com and sign in to your account or contact the NCHE office at (844) 624-3388.

Selection Process
      Applications will be evaluated by the Scholarship Selection Committee, a panel ofhomeschooling parents with experience in collegiate academics and the collegeapplication process. Applications are evaluated and ranked by the committee, andawards are conferred based on the composite rankings. Members of the SelectionCommittee do not have any students applying for this program. Decisions of theSelection Committee are final.
​      Note that although standardized test scores will be considered, they are only asmall part of the total package which includes records of the student’s course of study, extracurricular activities, after-school work, apprenticeship, volunteer experience, and the student’s own statements of interest in post-secondary education.

Applications
Please complete and sign the application form (see link below). All submitted materials will become the property of NCHE, so clear photocopies of documentation are acceptable. The application package must include:

  • Completed 2017 NCHE Scholarship Application Form
  • Transcript of high school coursework
  • At least one standardized test score report (preferably a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT)
  • Two letters of recommendation from adults outside the applicant’s family. If applying for the Community Service Scholarship, letters must come from a supervisor for the service project(s).  Letters must state how long and in what capacity they know the student; student's strengths and weaknesses; and their estimation of whether or not the student is likely to complete their future studies and career goals.
  • A resume of the applicant’s outside activities such as extracurricular organizations, service projects, community activities, apprenticeship or after-school work experience. If applying for the Arts scholarship, please include a small folio sample (photos of work acceptable) or video of performance art. Folio pages do not count in the ten page maximum of material submission.
  • A short essay of why the applicant desires to attend college, university or other program (Note: often, this part of the application is the clearest reflection of the student’s personality and creativity.)

Application instructions
To allow prompt consideration by the committee, applications must comply with the following guidelines:

  • All material must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2017
  • The entire application, including letters of recommendation and test score reports, must be received as a single package
  • All application materials must be printed on one side only, on 8.5x11 inch paper, with no staples or binding
  • The total application package including the NCHE form must not exceed ten pages.
  • ARTS APPLICATIONS FOLIOS/VIDEOS ARE NOT COUNTED IN THE 10 PAGE LIMIT.

Folios/Videos may be included in the package or emailed to activities@nche.com with SCHOLARSHIP [STUDENT NAME] in the subject line. APPLICATIONS PACKAGES EXCEEDING 10 PAGES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. Applications will be scanned for distribution to the committee.

Submission

Mail all documents in one envelope to:
NCHE Scholarship Program
c/o Evelyn Bickley
832 Autumnwood Lane
Charlotte, NC 28213

Correspondence
Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the chairman at activities@nche.com. Thank you for your interest in the 2017 NCHE Scholarship Program.