Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Fund
The Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Fund (AHSF) provides eligible Arizona homeschooled students with financial assistance in pursuing a degree from a college, university, or trade school. The AHSF was established to recognize Arizona homeschooled student’s achievements, assist in their college education, and honor the sacrifice made by their parents.
The AHSF consists of general and designated scholarships. General scholarships are restricted to first year, college-bound students while the designated scholarships may address the students at any stage of their college or post-graduate experience. The requirements and criteria of the designated scholarships are at the discretion of the donor. All general and designated scholarship applicants must fill out the AHSF Application. Students may apply for multiple awards which includes both the general and designated scholarships.
All phases of the AHSF are administered by the Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Committee (AHSC) under the oversight of the Arizona Families for Home Education (AFHE) Board of Directors.
All students who apply and provide the supporting documents will be considered for an AFHE General Scholarship. Each application will have the opportunity to select additional designated scholarships for which they would like to be considered.
WHEN TO APPLY
The online application opens December 20, 2015.
The application deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.
The online application must be completed and all supporting documents submitted by email no later than March 4, 2016.
ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
All supporting documents should be submitted as either pdfs or Word documents, with the exception of the student's photo, which should be submitted as a jpg. Send supporting documents and photo by email to the AFHE Scholarship Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 4, 2016.
- Student-authored, one-page life story about the student’s homeschool experience (family, leadership, volunteerism, and other interests such as sports, music, etc.)
- Student-authored, one-page essay about the student’s future goals and the factors which have and will continue to assist the student in his/her future decision making and the student’s life and career direction
- Parent-authored, one-page paper describing:
- The role of parents in the home education of the applicant
- Supplemental schooling (i.e. community college) and/or tutors used
- A listing of grade levels the student was homeschooled
- Copies of your homeschool high school transcript and community college transcript (if applicable) - this does NOT need to be an official copy from the community college
- A copy of the results of all nationally recognized achievement tests (ACT, SAT, etc.) or post-high school studies placement tests taken, if required by the school/institution the student will be attending - this does NOT need to be an official copy
- Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives
- Submit one recent high-resolution digital photo as a jpg file - label file name with student's last name and first name
- Student bio, up to 150 words, written in third person.
DESIGNATED SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Please see the individual designated scholarship details pages for any additional required supporting documents that must be submitted if applying for designated scholarships.
HOW WINNERS ARE SELECTED
The scholarship committee reviews each scholarship application and accompanying material. The committee considers the student’s academic record, accomplishments, personal recommendations, leadership qualities, character, community activities, and service. Additional consideration is given to students pursuing a degree from a four-year college or university. In the case of designated scholarships the committee also evaluates the applicant in relationship to the specific donor requirements.
WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP?
Program awards vary due to availability of funds, strength of candidates, and donor designated specificity. The minimum amount for any scholarship is $500. Scholarship awards are generally equally divided between semesters and are dependent on proof of college registration as a full time student and a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Failure to meet the requirements will result in forfeiture of that portion of the semester’s award.
The Scholarship Committee will review and evaluate applications once the application process has closed. All applicants will be contacted by phone in early May to notify each applicant whether they have been awarded a scholarship.
THE WINNERS’ OBLIGATIONS
Winners may be highlighted in AFHE publications and website, at the AFHE Convention, sr. high graduate recognition ceremony, and in follow-up publicity.
AFHE scholarship recipients are expected to reflect well on Arizona Home Education by their quality of citizenship, character, and studies.
Winners of designated scholarships are encouraged to write a thank you letter to the donor(s). Correspondence should be sent to AFHE Scholarship Liaison, P.O. Box 2035, Chandler, AZ 85244-2035.