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PHC Freshmen Scholarships

***THE PHC SCHOLARSHIP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE IN THE FUTURE FOR UPDATES*** 

 

 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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S T O R I E S

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. 

 

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 and Other Resources

There are many resources* available to help families homeschool in a way that is both affordable and effective!  

Finding Affordable Curricula

*Please note: listing on this website does not represent an endorsement by HSF or HSLDA.

Educational Consultants

The educational consultants at Home School Legal Defense Association have great resource pages and newsletters. HSLDA members may email or call to speak with a consultant directly.

Finding a Local Homeschool Group

Get plugged in! Homeschooling tends to be a small, close-knit community. If your state organization, a local church, or any other resource can put you in touch with homeschooling families in your area, those veteran homeschooling parents could be a great resource for encouragement, curriculum, and recommendations.

Getting Educated about Homeschooling

Not finding what you are looking for? The links may have changed. For help, contact info@homeschoolfoundation.org.

Discounts

Monticello Community Surgery Center (MSCS) located on Highway 29 North in Charlottesville, Virginia, is an outpatient surgical center providing multispecialty surgical services over the past eleven years. MCSC is a fully accredited and Medicare Certified facility. 

MCSC’s mission is to provide charitable care to those who have a financial need and qualify for assistance. MCSC is founded upon the importance of transparent pricing for those who pay cash or have high deductible plans. They also provide services to those who are insured, underinsured, or needing financial assistance. MCSC participates with faith-based programs such as Samaritan Ministries.

For more information and to see a list of MCSC's participating surgeons and specialties, please contact them at 434 293-4995. You may also visit their website or their Facebook page.

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Members of  Ultimate’s  eZine enjoy access to a free monthly resource designed to help homeschooling families. You can sign up to access these resources here:  https://ultimateradioshow.com/giveaways/

Apply for the Servant Leadership Award

The Servant Leadership Award recognizes students who have significantly impacted their community through selfless service to others.  The award is open to all homeschooled teens, but in order to apply, a teen must first be nominated.

Any adult may nominate a teen for the award, after which the teen will be emailed a short application to fill out and a reference form to pass on to someone who can testify to the quality and impact of their community service. 

Click here for the Servant Leadership Application »

Click here for the Servant Leadership Reference Application »

 

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. Pictures and/or links to videos showing the impact of the students service are strongly encouraged, but not required.

 

 Important Dates and Deadlines 

June 1st                      Nomination Form due*  
June 30th                  Student Application & Reference Form due*
August 21st               All applicants notified of winners by email 
Late September        Winners awarded at HSLDA National Conference

*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.

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.  

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. 

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.

Does my family qualify?

To qualify for a grant:

  • You must be an established homeschooler;
  • At least one of your homeschooled children must be between 6 and 19 years old;
  • You must have legal custody of the children you are homeschooling;
  • You must be able to show significant financial need.

If you have ever received an HSF grant, to reapply you must also:

  • Have sent in your signed statement and receipts documenting how your prior grant money was spent;
  • Be a member of HSLDA (first-time applicants do not need to be members);
  • Have waited a year since your last application.

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.

Apply to the Widows 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 or before the fund’s next enrollment period, it will expire.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for a Widows grant:

  1. You must be homeschooling for at least 6 months.
  2. Your children must be the children of the deceased spouse by birth or adoption.
  3. At least one of your children must be of compulsory school age (5-19).
  4. You must have been married to the deceased at the time of his or her death and not be remarried. 
  5. If you have ever received an HSF grant, to reapply you must:
    • Have sent in your signed statement and receipts documenting how the grant money was spent;
    • Be a member of HSLDA (first-time applicants do not need to be members);
    • Have waited a year since your last application.

When Can I Apply?

First-time applicants

You may apply any time. Download this application, fill it out on the computer or by hand, and email or mail it to us with the required documentation (address below).

Repeat applicants

See the chart above for months when you may apply. Download this application, fill it out on the computer or by hand, and email or mail it to us with the required documentation (address below).

Apply to the Global Homeschooling Fund

To find out if you qualify for financial assistance from the Global Homeschooling Fund, please contact our offices via one of the means below with a brief explanation of your situation.

Be sure you have read the description of this fund to understand what it offers. Our staff is eager to help you in any way they can based on your situation and the availability of funds.

Phone: 540-338-8688

Mail: PO Box 1152, Purcellville, VA 20134

or our in-site Contact Form

 

Disaster Relief

The Emergency Response Fund helps homeschooling families facing a natural disaster or home disaster (due to fire, flood, mold, etc) that has impacted their access to homeschool curriculum.

Formerly called the Compassion Emergency Fund, these grants may be used toward curriculum, materials, and emergency needs.

For assistance after the recent wildfires, please visit our Help after Wildfires page.

For Hurricane Harvey assistance, please visit our Hope after Harvey page to apply for a grant or offer aid.

For Hurricane Irma assistance, please use the Apply Now button below.

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S T O R I E S

“The need to repair our damaged home was far beyond our ability to meet. We know nothing is impossible for God, but we also know He used many who have given sacrificially to help us and enable us to continue to homeschooling.”

 Eileen T., Emergency Response Grant recipient

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Want to do more to help families in crisis? Become an HSF Ambassador!  This nationwide network of caring volunteers helps local homeschool families with the many needs that our curriculum grants cannot meet. Learn more about the Ambassador Program

                  

Get Help

“I'm so grateful that I'm able to homeschool my son and give him the time and space he needs to grow academically without feeling like a failure.”

Monica U., Grant Recipient

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HSF now offers Compassion Curriculum Grants to help low-income families with their homeschooling-related needs. If you’re currently homeschooling and struggling financially, prequalify now to see if we can assist your family with a grant for the upcoming school year!

What can grants be used for?

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Curriculum
  • School materials
  • Homeschool course/class tuition
  • School-related technology
  • Co-op fees

Does my family qualify?

To qualify for a grant:

  • You must have completed at least one semester of homeschooling immediately prior to applying;
  • At least one of your homeschooled children must be between 6 and 19 years old;
  • You must have legal custody of the children you are homeschooling;
  • You must be able to show significant financial need.

If you have ever received an HSF grant, to reapply you must also:

  • Have sent in your signed statement and receipts documenting how your prior grant money was spent;
  • Be a member of HSLDA (first-time applicants do not need to be members);
  • Have waited a year since your last application.

PROCESS CHANGE: Please note that starting October 2018, applications will be sent out during bimonthly enrollment periods to selected prequalified applicants based on level of need and availability of limited grant funds.

To prequalify for a chance to be selected to receive a grant application during our next enrollment period, fill out our Prequalification Questionnaire, available the 1st-7th day of each month.

Prequalify Now!

Not homeschooling yet?

If you want to homeschool but haven’t yet started, you can find discounted curriculum options and tips for starting strong by visiting our Homeschooling and Other Resources page.

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