Scholarship Committee Announces Winners

Jul 31, 2013

Editor’s note: The annual scholarship application for 2014 for students of NCHE members will be online mid-August. Be sure to watch the scholarship page. NCHE scholarship program is made possible from donors, from both individuals and groups. To date, NCHE has awarded more than $150,000 to 123 students. You can be a part of providing scholarships to homeschooled students by donating directly to our scholarship fund.

“If I homeschool my child through high school, will they be accepted into college?” This is the most common question parents ask regarding homeschooling through the upper grades. As scholarship committee chair, I can say with confidence, yes, homeschooled students are accepted into colleges and universities. This year, the applicants for the NCHE and HINTS scholarships will be attending a multitude of colleges and universities. These students are unique, with diverse interests and passions. Because they were homeschooled, they had time during their high school years to pursue their interests in a deep way. We know that on average homeschooled students achieve above and beyond their public and private school counterparts in test scores, but, beyond that, all of the applicants display an ability to take charge of their own learning, to be leaders on their campuses, and most of all, to follow God’s will as they leave their homeschool environment.

The NCHE scholarship is a $1,000 one-time award that is provided by NCHE member donations. Each year, two students from the group of applicants are chosen for their academic achievement, leadership ability, character and initiative. This year’s winners are Kirsten Daley and Chris Bollinger. Kirsten is the daughter of Christopher and Andrea Daley of Morganton. She plans to attend Gardner-Webb University in the fall, and will major in English with hopes of pursuing a career in writing. Chris is the son of Wayne and Andrea Bollinger of Apex. He will be attending NC State University in the fall, studying electrical and computer engineering.

The HINTS scholarship, provided each year by the HINTS support group in Charlotte, is a $1,000 one-time award. In addition to the criteria listed for the NCHE scholarship, HINTS award winners must also be active members of their local homeschool support group. Jason Bickley and Colby Sorrell are this year’s HINTS scholarship winners. Jason is the son of Barry and Evelyn Bickley of Charlotte. He will be studying in the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University, majoring in ministry with a pastoral concentration. Colby Sorrell is the daughter of Loyd and Denise Sorrell of Apex. She will be working on both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from NC State University in nuclear engineering this fall.

The scholarship committee offers their congratulations to each of the scholarship winners, and prays for God’s richest blessings on them and they move forward in His plan for their lives!

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