Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 2. 2013

After gathering with family and friends to thank
God for his many blessings and mercies...

After the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small
Business Saturday and Cyber Monday...

Comes Dec. 3, opening day to the giving season

#GivingTuesday is finally here! Now is your chance to help NCHE reach its goal of raising $57,000 to establish a scholarship endowment. Please follow this link and give a generous donation. Then share this post and encourage your friends to donate as well.

NCHE is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to NCHE are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you are considering payroll deductions or matching programs with your employer, consider designating North Carolinians for Home Education. Your donation will help NCHE to provide support to the homeschoolers of this state.

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Section at (919) 807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.


November 26, 2013

The first year NCHE awarded scholarships was 1998. Five students won the Joe Stroup scholarships. One of those winners, Alexa Mason Carter, graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2002 with a 4.0 GPA and two degrees, a BM in vocal performance and a BA in math, pursuing both of her passions. While at UNCC, she was named Math Senior of the Year. She and her husband, Daniel, live in Durham and homeschool their four children, ages one to eight years old. During the years since college, she has coached award-winning homeschool MathCounts teams and conducted homeschool choirs. She is also involved in the homeschool community in the Durham area and is heavily involved in the music ministry at her church.

We need your help in getting the word out to friends of home education. Please let your friends know about this opportunity to help a homeschool graduate further his or her education, and plan on giving a generous donation on December 3.


November 19, 2013

William Cox is one of 123 homeschool graduates who have received scholarships from NCHE. He received an NCHE scholarship in 2004. Here is his story. “I received a NCHE scholarship for my freshman year of college. I went to NC State University for a degree in electrical engineering. I completed the degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude and then went on to get a PhD in electrical engineering. I am extremely grateful for the generosity of NCHE and most of all to my parents for sacrificing so that I could be home educated. Lord willing, my wife and I will continue that legacy with our children. I am currently developing signal processing and machine learning algorithms for a defense contractor in NC.”

The number of deserving North Carolina homeschool graduates grows every year, and yet NCHE’s ability to award scholarships has not grown. The percentage of homeschool students going on to college or trade school is substantially greater than the general population. In a statistical survey of NC homeschool families published in 2011, we learned that the typical NC homeschool family income is about 12% less than the nation-wide income level. While homeschooled students are more likely to graduate from their colleges or trade schools, they are more likely to need financial help. That is why NCHE has the goal of raising $57,000 for the NCHE Scholarship Endowment. The more money we raise, the more scholarships we can give.


November 12, 2013

Scholarship Fund History

NCHE began awarding scholarships in 1998 when Joe Stroup, a homeschool dad from Lincolnton, donated $5,000 to be used for five $1,000 scholarships. For the next ten years Mr. Stroup donated a total of $50,000 to be used as scholarships for homeschool graduates. Mr. Stroup’s generosity has been a blessing to many. In 2000 HINTS, a Charlotte homeschool group began donating $2,000 per year toward scholarships and, to date, has donated a total of $28,000. Additional scholarship money has been raised by asking members and conference attendees to donate $1 or more to the scholarship fund.

The Increasing Need for Homeschool Scholarships

Since we began to award scholarships in 1998 the number of homeschools in NC has increased from 12,733 to 57,888. If there is a linear relationship between the growth in the number of homeschools and the number of homeschool graduates, there are 4.5 times the number of graduating homeschool seniors now than in 1998. In addition, studies have shown that a higher percentage of homeschooled students enroll in colleges or trade schools, maintain higher post secondary GPAs and are more likely to earn Masters and Doctors degrees than other adults. When you factor in that most homeschool graduates come from single wage earner families, it is easy to see the growing need for scholarships.

Decreased Donations

The economic crash of 2008 had a negative effect on the donation levels of non-profit organizations across the board, and many non-profits have had to close their doors or tighten their belts in order to survive. The economic downturn has affected donations to the NCHE Scholarship Fund which have fallen since 2008.

Why an Endowment?

An endowment will allow NCHE to set aside a specific amount of money (the principal) into an account that will yield a return on that principal. Each year 5% of the value of the principal will be taken to provide scholarships. All earnings and growth of the endowment over the 5% spending allowance will be reinvested as a part of the endowment fund. An endowment of $57,000 will allow NCHE to award one $700 four year renewable scholarship per year. In other words, we will be able to award $2,800 in scholarship money per year for as long as the endowment exists. Even if there is another economic crash we will be able to continue to award scholarships.


November 5, 2013

NCHE Scholarship Endowment Goal

There are now more than 57,000 homeschools in North Carolina and our goal is to raise $57,000 for our endowment.  An endowment of $57,000 will allow NCHE to award one $700 four year renewable scholarship per year.

NCHE Scholarship Endowment Giving Circles

Every supporter of NCHE Scholarship Endowment deserves special praise. There is among them a small, select group of donors who take their commitment beyond the ordinary. These individuals will be recognized by their giving circle in the programs for our graduation and on the NCHE website.

                Legacy Circle - $1,000

        Benefactor Circle -     $500

                Patron Circle -    $250

          Supporter Circle -    $100

Named or Memorial Scholarship

A gift of $20,000 or more will establish an endowed fund which entitles the donor to name the scholarship and to designate the purpose for which the earnings may be used each year. For example, your endowed fund might provide scholarship support for students who have been homeschooled for a particular number of years or who are studying in a specific discipline.

Each year 5% of the value of the endowment is taken to provide scholarships. All earnings and growth of the endowment over the 5% spending allowance are reinvested as a part of the endowment fund. A $20,000 dollar endowment will yield one $1,000 scholarship per year or one $250 four year renewable scholarship per year.


October 29, 2013

NCHE has partnered with more than 3,400 organizations to participate in #GivingTuesday™. It is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.

This year NCHE's campaign goal is to raise sufficient funds to establish the NCHE Scholarship Endowment. The NCHE Scholarship Endowment will allow NCHE to continue our practice of awarding scholarships to help homeschool students to continue their education after graduating from homeschool. Interest from the endowment will be used to award scholarships.

Since 1998, NCHE has awarded over $150,000 in college scholarships to over a hundred graduating homeschooled seniors.

NCHE Scholars, chosen for outstanding achievement in academics, arts, athletics and community involvement, have continued their education with institutions as diverse as the U.S. Air Force Academy, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Duke University, Patrick Henry College, Liberty University, Meredith College and the University of North Carolina.

#GivingTuesday™ is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and we invite all the friends of homeschooling to make a contribution on that day. We will be posting weekly updates with more details leading up to December 3.