Hit by Hurricane Harvey? We're here to help.

As the charitable arm of HSLDA, we are reaching out to homeschooling families in southeast Texas and coastal Louisiana who have lost homes and homeschool materials in the recent flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

If you’ve been negatively affected by Harvey, please know that we are here to help. Through our Emergency Response Fund, we assist families impacted by natural disasters with grants to help cover the cost of replacing homeschool materials.

Our HSF Emergency Response Fund grant administrators are partnering with the Texas Ambassadors to expedite grant processing for Texas families affected by Harvey. If you would like to apply for a grant through this fund, please email our HSF Texas Ambassadors at TXHomeschoolAmbassadors@gmail.com, and they will be happy to send you the forms necessary to apply.

There is also help for you locally in the Houston area. We realize that the greater need right now for many families is for more basic necessities than school materials. TX Homeschool Disaster Relief Network is the HSF Texas Ambassadors' dedicated Facebook page for families seeking replacement curricula, emergency housing, or opportunities to serve other affected families.

If you are looking for curriculum, please consider the sources below.

Texas Homeschool Disaster Relief Network -  HSF Texas Ambassadors Facebook group facilitating curricula donations, volunteer opportunities, and host family housing.

Hurricane Harvey Homeschool Life Curriculum Relief – Support and encourage homeschooling families affected by Harvey by donating curriculum.

My Father's World -- MFW is offering free curriculum replacement for families affected by Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma. Please contact them directly at (573) 202-2000 or at their website for eligibility requirements and details.

Ambleside Online –  A FREE online curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based approach, has produced HELP, the Helping Hand Emergency Lesson Plan for homeschooling families impacted by disaster.

If we can serve you in any other way, please let us know by email (info@homeschoolfoundation.org) or phone (540-338-8688). We are praying for you!

Homeschooling Abroad

The Global Homeschooling Fund promotes homeschooling internationally by providing financial assistance to homeschooling organizations in other nations.

The Global Homeschooling Fund offers assistance to homeschool organizations in countries that are struggling to establish and advance homeschooling freedoms. We help with legal issues, work through diplomatic channels and legislative bodies, promote availability of curriculum, and provide other support. To find out if your organization qualifies for financial assistance, please contact us.

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I M P A C T

In 1991, Home School Legal Defense Association joined with first–generation Canadian homeschoolers to establish HSLDA of Canada. Families there were facing the same challenges Americans experienced ten years earlier when our laws and government were largely opposed to homeschooling.

Soon after, HSLDA started assisting new homeschool leaders in Mexico with translating curriculum into Spanish and sponsoring homeschool conferences. Meanwhile, countries like Japan and Germany also needed help in securing homeschool freedoms. HSLDA stepped in and the Foundation joined them in financially assisting international homeschool organizations and HSLDA’s endeavors with them.

Today, HSLDA has established a working relationship with homeschool organizations in over 37 countries, and HSF is often at its side providing assistance to these families all over the world.

 

 

Apply for the Servant Leadership Award

2017 Eligibility Requirements 

To be eligible to apply for the Servant Leader Award, a student must:

  • Be at least 13 and no more than 19 years old when nominated.
  • Live in the United States or one of its territories.
  • Be homeschooled and have been continuously for the preceding academic year; if the student applies in the summer after graduating high school, they must have been homeschooled for the past academic year.
  • Have completed a significant voluntary community service project or series of continuing service within the past academic year.  The community service should meet the following guidelines:
    •  It must have occurred since June 1st of the prior year (e.g. if a student applies for the 2017 award, the community service must have happened after June 1, 2016)
    • It must not have financially benefitted the student nor his or her immediate family. 

There is no minimum hours or required impact of the community service for a student to be nominated for this award. If a student’s service is believed to be significant in the lives of people in their community, he or she may be nominated.

Students may involve others in the service and thereby demonstrate leadership abilities.  They do not have to do a project all on their own to be eligible. If students work as part of a team, they should describe on their application the totality of the work accomplished by team as well as specify what their individual role and impact was.


Application Process

Applying for this award is a 2-step process requiring 3 documents:

Step 1: Nomination Form

  • A student must be nominated by someone else.
  • The nominating person must:
    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Know the student personally
  • Nomination Forms must reach the HSF office by June 1st. 

Step 2: Application and Reference Forms

  • Student Application
    • 1-3 business days after receiving the Nomination Form, HSF will email the Student Application to the student at the email provided on the Nomination Form.
    • Complete applications must reach the HSF office by June 30th. 
    • Pictures and/or links to videos showing the impact of the student’s service are encouraged but not required. If possible, these should be included as attachments to the email the student sends with his or her completed application. If pictures or video links are sent separate from the application, they must arrive before June 30th.
  •  Reference Form
    • 1-3 business days after receiving the Nomination Form, HSF will email the Reference Form to the student along with the Student Application. The student should then forward the Reference Form to the appropriate person.
    • A reference must:
      • Be at least 18 years old
      • Have overseen, witnessed or been involved with the student’s community service
      • Not be related to the student
    • The reference should send the form to the HSF office directly. HSF must receive it by June 30th.
    • A strong reference will be an objective third party who was directly involved with the student’s community service and had many opportunities to witness the student in action.

Important Dates and Deadlines

June 1st of prior year       Beginning date of eligible community service
June 1st                                Last day to submit Nomination Form*  
June 30th                              Last day to submit Student Application and Reference Form*
August 15th                        All applicants notified of winners by email 
Late September                 Winners awarded at HSLDA  National Conference 
and announced online.

*These forms must be received by the HSF office on the indicated date, not postmarked by.

 

FAQs

Is there a restriction on what qualifies as community service? No, so long as the student is serving outside their family and not benefiting from it.

How will the winners be decided?  A judging panel comprised of HSF and HSLDA leadership and neutral third parties will review completed applications in early July and decide the winners. The decision of the panel is final.

Aspects that the panel will consider include: the nature and scope of the service; the overall impact on the community; the change in the circumstances of the specific demographic served; the level of independence, initiative and/or leadership demonstrated by the student; and the sustainability of the project.

Are there restrictions on how the prize money may be used? No, the prizes are gifts, not scholarships, and may be used however the winning students choose.

May I nominate my own child?  Yes, parents are welcome to nominate their teens, but parents may not serve as references for their child as references may not be related to the student applicant.


PHC Freshmen Scholarships

 The Patrick Henry College Scholarship for HSLDA members rewards academic excellence and exemplary leadership through tuition scholarships to Patrick Henry College.

The Patrick Henry College (PHC) Scholarship Fund grants scholarships to freshmen students attending Patrick Henry College on-campus full-time who are part of an HSLDA member family, have a high school record of outstanding academic achievement and community service, and need financial assistance. If you fit these criteria, please see the full application at the link below. Last year, the Foundation gave a select number of freshman scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

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I M P A C T

Located in Purcellville, Virginia, PHC aspires to equip Christian young people with the character and skills essential for being influential leaders in our government and culture; furthermore, it was started to specifically appeal to homeschoolers. Unlike many other colleges, PHC does not accept federal student loans, creating a need for its students to find funding from other sources.

In 2001, HSLDA had the opportunity to grant scholarships to several PHC students who were in need of financial assistance. Witnessing the blessing these scholarships were and desiring to further support HSLDA member students attending PHC, the Home School Foundation created the PHC Scholarship Fund. 

 

Apply to the PHC Scholarship Fund for HSLDA Members

Do I Qualify?

Your family must be members of HSLDA for at least 4 years.

You must:  

1.) Be an incoming full-time freshman student on campus at Patrick Henry College. PHC Distance Learning and students taking less than 12 credit hours per semester are not eligible;  

2.) have been homeschooled through high school;  

3.) have completed high school (in not less than 2 years);  

4.) have matriculated from high school within the past 12 months;  

5.) have a high school record of exemplary academic achievement and community service (no minimum hours); and  

6.) need financial assistance.

How Do I Apply?

Click Here to download the application.

Be sure you have read the description of this fund to understand what it offers. Please print out the application and checklist and send them with the required documents listed on the application to:

Home School Foundation
PHC Scholarship Fund

PO Box 1152
Purcellville, VA 20134

*Please Note We Do Not Accept Faxes*

 

Apply to the Military Grant

Grant Enrollment Period

HSF Application Timeline

Your application and circumstances are important to us! We individually evaluate each family’s situation and needs. Thank you for your patience during the application process.

When we receive your application, we will notify you by email.

If any documents or information is missing from your application, we will contact you.

When your application is complete, we will notify you by email.

**The rest of the process takes 4-6 weeks
from this point**

When your application is approved, we will notify you by email.

Your check will arrive 2-3 weeks after approval with instructions on what paperwork and/or receipts you must return to us in 45 days.

If your application is not completed in 3 months it will expire and we will notify you by email.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for a Military grant:

  1. You must be homeschooling for at least 6 months.
  2. You or your spouse must be able to document the following U.S. military status: active, disabled, retired or in the reserves.
  3. At least one of your children must be of compulsory school age (5-19).
  4. You must be able to demonstrate significant financial need.
  5. If you have ever received an HSF grant, you must have sent in your signed statement and receipts (if required). If you are not sure, contact us.

How Do I Apply?

Prequalification Form

Please fill out this Prequalification Form to see if you qualify for this grant, or perhaps another one of our grants. All HSF grants are based financial need and the availability of funds.


Military Families

“Because of the grant, we were able to have another successful school year. We were able to satisfy our children’s curiosities and stimulate more investigations into the world around us.”

Diane McCullah
Military Fund Grant Recipient

This fund assists low-income military homeschool families who are struggling financially to meet their children’s educational needs.

Grants may be used toward curriculum, materials, and extra-curricular activities for families where one or both parents are active, disabled, retired or in the reserves with a branch of the military.

Apply Now

I M P A C T

Military Family Homeschools with Confidence with HSF Grant
Diane McCullah, Military Fund Grant Recipient

When Diane McCullah learned that the U.S. Army was transferring her husband from Alaska to the East Coast, she wasn’t sure how they could afford to continue homeschooling. The family of five had enjoyed homeschooling with the help of state funding in Alaska, but no such funding was available in their new home, North Carolina. And her husband’s pay would decrease with the move while their living expenses would increase. Read Diane's Interview>>

 

 

Low-Income Families (Kids Curriculum)

“To our delight and amazement, God has provided for our needs in the most creative ways. The most recent has been through the Home School Foundation.”

H. Sanchez 
Kids Curriculum Recipient

The Kids Curriculum Fund helps provide curriculum to homeschooling families who are struggling financially to meet their children’s needs.

Grants are for core curriculum and school materials. HSLDA membership is not required for 1st-time applicants.

The Kids Curriculum Fund is no longer sending out applications, due to limited available funds. Please check back in March or April to prequalify before our May 2018 enrollment period.

I M P A C T

Delighted By God's Provision
H. Sanchez, Kids Curriculum Grant Recipient

Life changed for the Sanchez family after their father experienced a serious injury on the job. That was five years ago. So far, Mr. Sanchez has been through two surgeries and may still need a third. Since his salary was the family’s only source of income, his job loss devastated them financially. Read the Sanchez's Interview >>

Apply to Kids Curriculum Grant

Grant Enrollment Period

HSF Application Timeline

Your application and circumstances are important to us! We individually evaluate each family’s situation and needs. Thank you for your patience during the application process.

When we receive your application,we will notify you by email.

If any documents or information is missing from your application, we will contact you.

When your application is complete, we will notify you by email.

**The rest of the process takes 4-6 weeks from this point**

When your application is approved, we will notify you by email.

Your check will arrive 2-3 weeks after approval with instructions on what paperwork and/or receipts you must return to us in 45 days.

If your application is not completed in 3 months it will expire and we will notify you by email.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for a Kids Curriculum grant:

  1. You must be homeschooling for at least 6 months.
  2. If you have ever received an HSF grant, you must have sent in your signed statement and receipts (if required). If you are not sure, contact us.
  3. At least one of your children must be of compulsory school age (5-19).
  4. You may reapply to this fund every year, but must be an HSLDA member for 6 months to reapply.

How Do I Apply?

Prequalification Form

Please fill out this Prequalification Form to see if you qualify for this grant, or perhaps another one of our grants. 

 All HSF grants are based financial need and the availability of funds.

 

Apply to the Emergency Response Grant

HSF Application Timeline

Your application and circumstances are important to us! We individually evaluate each family’s situation and needs. Thank you for your patience during the application process.

When we receive your application,we will notify you by email.

If any documents or information is missing from your application, we will contact you.

When your application is complete, we will notify you by email.

**The rest of the process takes 4-6 weeks from this point**

When your application is approved, we will notify you by email.

Your check will arrive 2-3 weeks after approval with instructions on what paperwork and/or receipts you must return to us in 45 days.

If your application is not completed in 3 months it will expire and we will notify you by email.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for an Emergency Response grant:

  1. You must be homeschooling for at least 6 months.
  2. You must have recently suffered loss of home or personal belongings due to a natural disaster or other home disaster.
  3. At least one of your children must be of compulsory school age (5-19).
  4. If you have received a HSF grant in the past, you must have sent in your signed statement and receipts (if required). If you are not sure, contact us.

When Can I Apply?

Anytime. You may apply to this grant one time only

How Do I Apply?

Prequalification Form

Please fill out the Prequalification Form to see if you qualify for this grant, or another one of our grants. All HSF grants are based on financial need and the availability of funds.

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