by Evelyn Bickley, June 2022

2022 NCHE Scholarship Winners!

Since 1998, NCHE has awarded scholarships to deserving North Carolina homeschooled high school seniors. In that time, we have been blessed with support and donations from homeschool families and organizations and have been able to award more than $170,000. This year, the judges selected six amazing students.


The 2022 recipient of the Molly Nichols Memorial Academic Scholarship is Andrew Esther, son of Julie and Charles Esther of Chapel Hill.  Andrew has been active in his church’s worship band as a musician and as a leader in organizing Christmas toy drives for children.  He has won several awards through Science Olympiad competitions and has been an active member of the National Homeschool Honor Society.  He plans to attend Chapel Hill with an ultimate goal of becoming a cardiologist.


The NCHE Academic Scholarship goes to John Clay, son of Debbie and Mark Clay of Fuquay Varina.  John has earned the President’s Gold Service Award for three years.  His major focus in community services has been with Food Pantries where he has worked weekly for five years.  He plans to continue food pantry volunteering while a student at Western Carolina where he will be studying Electrical Engineering. He hopes to one day use his education and life experiences to serve with Baptists on Mission or Engineers without Borders. 


The 2022 Ernie Hodges Scholar Athlete Award goes to Calleigh Wilson, daughter of Jeana and Andrew Wilson of Winston Salem.  Calleigh has been an active member of Forsyth Home Educators sports programs including swimming, softball and most notably volleyball where she has received 11 awards.  She has been active in her 4-H chapter, Operation Christmas Child and Project Linus.  Calleigh plans to attend Liberty for a degree in social work and hopes to one day work with children in the foster system. 


The NCHE Community Service award this year is going to Sam Pasquale, son of Sam and Theresa Pasquale of Apex.  Sam has been active in Civil Air Patrol where he and his CyberPatriot team placed 6th in a nationwide competition.  He has trained in search and rescue exercises providing disaster relief and conducting radio communications.   He has worked as a tutor at Mathnasium.  Sam plans to study computer science at NC State and wants to use his skills to protect society through cybersecurity.


Kara Lewis, daughter of John and Regina Lewis of Moravian Falls is the recipient of the 2022 Arts award.  She is an accomplished pianist and composer, active in American Heritage Girls, Beta Club and Uplands Reach Ministry.  She is intrigued by how music scoring can add to the story line of a film and plans to pursue a Bachelors of Music in filmscoring with a cinematic arts minor at Liberty University.


The Apologia Missions and Ministry Scholarship for 2022 goes to Kimberly McClain, daughter of Jareb and Amy McClain, currently of Durham.  The McClains, however, have served for many years as missionaries to Indonesia.  Kimberly is very well-rounded, participating in a variety of sports and artistic endeavors.  She is an animal lover, having served as a junior wrangler at a summer camp and as a veterinary assistant apprentice at Camp Glory Farm in NC.  Kimberly plans to study Christian Ministry/Education at Grove City with a hope to return to Indonesia and continue missionary work.  


Please consider helping NCHE to continue to award scholarships to North Carolina homeschool seniors by donating at




After homeschooling and graduating all four of her children from birth through high school, Evelyn Bickley continues to invest in students and their families by serving as NCHE’s Activities Director and the advisor for a teen Gavel Club.  She enjoys the hobby of letterboxing and travelling to just about anywhere but especially places that have historical significance or scenic beauty. 


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