NCHE Scholarship Program
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The NCHE Scholarship Program was instituted to encourage and reward excellence in homeschooling in North Carolina. Since it began in 1998, the program has awarded over $156,000 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; arts; community service; scholar athlete; and missions and ministry (sponsored by Apologia for students wishing to pursue studies/careers in missions and ministry). Every applicant will be considered for all awards for which they qualify. Only one scholarship will be awarded to each successful applicant.
For all scholarships, the applicant must be a member of NCHE, and a legal, full-time North Carolina homeschool senior.
NCHE member: To check your membership status, sign in to https://nche.com and sign in to your account or contact the NCHE office at (844) 624-3338.
Legal, 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 scholarship program, “legal” is defined as being properly registered with the North Carolina Division of Non-public Education; and “full time” is defined as a student whose high school education is under the parents’ supervision, and not being claimed as a full time student by any other institution.
Applications will be evaluated by the scholarship selection committee, a panel of homeschooling parents with experience in collegiate academics and the college application process. Applications are evaluated and ranked by the committee, and awards are conferred based on the composite rankings. Members of the selection committee do not have any students applying for this program. Decisions of the selection committee are final.
Note that although standardized test scores will be considered, they are only a small 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.
Please complete and sign the application form (see link below). The application package must include:
- Completed NCHE Scholarship Application Form
- Transcript of high school coursework. If student is dual enrolled in community college or other college classes, please include a copy (unofficial is acceptable) from that academic body as well.
- At least one standardized test score report (SAT or ACT); just include the main score summary page. NOTE FOR 2021: If you were unable to take the SAT or ACT this year due to COVID related issues (including not enough seating/spaces available to actually take the tests), the inclusion of test scores is OPTIONAL THIS YEAR. If you have SAT/ACT scores, please send them. If you have PSAT, Iowa or Stanford scores from 2019-20 and were not proctored by a family member, you are welcome to include them as an alternative.
- Two letters of recommendation from adults outside the applicant’s family. All recommendation letters must state how long and in what capacity they know the student; assessment of student’s character; student’s strengths and weaknesses; and their estimation of whether or not the student is likely to complete their future studies and career goals. If applying for the Community Service Scholarship, at least one of the letters must come from a supervisor for the service project(s). If applying for the Scholar Athlete Scholarship, at least one of the letters must come from a coach.
- 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 (visual arts) or video of performance art (YouTube). If you are applying for the Scholar Athlete scholarship, please include all sports played whether within or outside of NCHEAC, any athletic awards such as NCHEAC all-conference, all-tournament, team awards from within a program or awards received at sports camps, from AAU, the State Games of NC, travel teams, etc. NOTE FOR 2021: Because of COVID, we understand that many extracurriculars, service projects, etc. have been unavailable to students this year. If possible, structure the resume by year so that the judges might be able to extrapolate from past activity level what the student might have participated in if 2020 had been a normal year.
- An essay responding to the following prompt: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? What life experiences have you had that make you tend that way? What do you think you need to do to get there? (Note: often, this part of the application is the clearest reflection of the student’s personality and creativity.)
- One of the scholarship sponsors is Apologia. If you have used Apologia materials as part of your curriculum, please state that in either the transcript or resume portions.
To allow prompt consideration by the committee, applications must comply with the following guidelines:
- All materials must be submitted no later than March 31, 2021.
- The entire application, including letters of recommendation, test score reports, art folios, etc. must be received as a single package.
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Questions concerning the application process should be directed to the NCHE Activities Director at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest in the NCHE Scholarship Program.