ARIZONA HOMESCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Fund (AHSF) provides eligible Arizona homeschooled students with financial assistance in pursuing post-secondary education from a college, university, or trade school.  The AHSF was established to recognize Arizona homeschooled students’ achievements, assist in their post-secondary education, and honor the sacrifice made by their parents.

In the summer of 2000, AFHE formed the Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Committee (AHSC), which is overseen by the AFHE board of directors. Comprised of Arizona business professionals, the AHSC established criteria and an administrative process to operate the scholarship fund. The AHSC reviews applications and recommends scholarship awards for qualified students.

From 2001 to 2016, AFHE has awarded more than $92,500 to 73 outstanding homeschool applicants for their post-secondary education. To further expand the program AHSC has now added designated scholarships. The designated scholarship program allows donations in the name of an individual, family, business, or other entity. This approach allows donors to personalize the scholarships by specifying such things as amount, criteria, title, and purpose.

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AFHE Scholarship Fund

Many ways to give!

Apply for a Scholarship

2017 Application

Deadline March 10

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Donating to the Scholarship Fund

 

The success of this program depends on you! Your investment in the Scholarship Fund can make a huge difference in the life of a homeschooled student as they pursue post-secondary education.

AFHE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and your donation is tax deductible.

There are several ways you can donate to the AFHE General Scholarship Fund.

DONATE ONLINE
You can make an online donation using your credit card through the donate button below.

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UNITED WAY DONATION
You can donate by payroll deduction through the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW). There are over 1,800 Valley companies that participate with the VSUW. Ask your company. Our agency number is 1350. All monies received go directly into the general scholarship fund.
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION®

box_tops_logoAFHE is now collecting Box Tops for Education® as an additional avenue for raising funds for the AFHE Scholarship Fund.

Clip and Send Us Your Box Tops®

Clip Box Tops® from specially marked packages and send them to

AFHE Box Tops, P.O. Box 2035, Chandler, AZ 85244-2035

Bring your Box Tops® to Convention

We will have a collection jar in the lobby at the AFHE Convention where you can deposit your clipped Box Tops®.

Collect Box Tops® at Your Homeschool Group Activities

We have collection boxes available for Arizona homeschool groups who would be willing to clip and collect Box Tops® for the AFHE Scholarship Fund at your weekly park day or homeschool group activities.

Questions

AFHE Scholarship Liaison, scholarships@afhe.org

DONATE BY CHECK

Individuals, organizations, and homeschool support groups can make a contribution by using the General Scholarship Donation Form (pdf) and mailing it to AFHE along with your check.
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP DONATION FORM

DESIGNATED SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Designated Scholarship Fund allows you to personalize and apply additional conditions to your donation. The designated scholarship can be set up in the name of an individual, family, business, or other entity. The minimum amount is $500. These scholarships can be established by filling out the Designated Scholarship Donation Form (pdf) and mailing it along with your check.

Donate to the Designated Scholarship Fund

Apply to the Scholarship Fund

The AHSF consists of general scholarships 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. Designated Scholarships may include additional requirements and criteria. 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.

Eligible students must have been homeschooled for all four years of high school in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes. 

Application deadline: March 10, 2017

Supporting Documents to Submit

Once you have completed the online application above, please submit the following supporting documents to the AFHE Scholarship Liaison at scholarships@afhe.org no later than March 10, 2017. With the exception of the student’s photo, all supporting documents should be submitted as either pdfs or as Word documents.

See additional details/requirements for the Designated Scholarships below. 

  • LIFE STORY: Student-authored, one-page life story about the student’s homeschool experience (family, leadership, volunteerism, and other interests such as sports, music, etc.)
  • FUTURE GOALS ESSAY: Student-authored, one-page essay about the student’s future goals and factors…
  • PHOTO OF STUDENT: Submit one recent high-resolution digital photo of the student as a jpg file. Label file name with student’s name: lastname_firstname.jpg
  • STUDENT BIO: Up to 100 words written in the third person.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Please provide two letters of recommendation from non-family members.
  • PARENT ESSAY: Parent-authored, one-page paper describing the role of the parent(s) in the home education of the application, supplemental education (i.e. community college, co-ops, etc.) and/or tutors used, and a list of grade levels the student was homeschooled.
  • TRANSCRIPT: A copy of the student’s homeschool high school transcript and community college transcript (if applicable). This does not need to be an official copy from the community college. A photocopy is sufficient.
  • TEST SCORES: 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.

Designated Scholarships

Lewis Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Code: 1

Scholarship Title

The Lewis Scholarship

Donor Name

Tom & Colene Lewis

Scholarship Award Amount

$1500

Distribution Schedule

Award half the amount each semester

Number of Scholarships to be Awarded

One

Scholarship is Renewable if Criteria are Maintained

No

Class

First year experience at a four-year college or university

College Major or Field of Interest

Journalism, Law, Public Policy, Business, Political Science, Economics, or related fields

Minimum Grade Point Average Required

3.2

Scholarship Criteria

The donors are looking for a civic-minded student with a Christian worldview who seeks to apply Judeo-Christian values in order to positively impact policy and culture.

Additional Submission Requirement

In addition to the supporting documents outlined above, the donor requires a student-authored two-page essay on how your call to public life with impact the foremost challenges of our day for the Kingdom of Christ and the betterment of our society.

Margie Foster Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Code: 1

Scholarship Title

Margie Foster Memorial Scholarship

Donor Name

Friends and Family of Margie Foster

Scholarship Award Amount

$500

Distribution Schedule

Award the full amount

Number of Scholarships to be Awarded

One

Class

Homeschool graduate from a single parent family

College Major or Field of Interest

Any

Minimum Grade Point Average Required

3.0

Scholarship Criteria

The scholarship is intended for a homeschool graduate pursuing post-secondary education who is the child of a single parent. 

Additional Submission Requirement

None

First Choice Pest Control Business Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Code: 1

Scholarship Title

First Choice Pest Control Business Scholarship

Donor Name

First Choice Pest Control, LLC
Rick and Linda Crosby

Scholarship Award Amount

$500

Distribution Schedule

Award the full amount 

Number of Scholarships to be Awarded

One

Scholarship is Renewable if Criteria are Maintained

No

Class

Graduating high school senior starting his/her own business

Field of Interest

Entrepreneurial

Minimum Grade Point Average Required

3.0

Scholarship Criteria

The donors are looking for a graduating senior who is starting or has started his/her own business. 

Additional Submission Requirement

No test scores required. Please submit your business plan, work experience, current investment (if any), and how you intend to use the funds.

Additional Information

HOW RECIPIENTS 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 $1000 or more are generally divided equally 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.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS

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 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS’ OBLIGATIONS

Recipients 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 homeschooling by their quality of citizenship, character, and studies.

Recipients of designated scholarships are encouraged to write a thank you letter to the donors.

Correspondence should be sent to
AFHE Scholarship Liaison
P.O. Box 2035
Chandler, AZ 85244-2035

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Amy Kee

$1000 Bouman Law Firm Scholarship

Keaton Scherpereel

$500 Bouman Law Firm Scholarship
$500 AFHE Scholarship

Weston Smith

$1000 AFHE Scholarship

Kyle Tappendorf

$1500 AFHE Scholarship

Griffin Weiss

$1000 AFHE Scholarship

Taylor Williams

$750 Lewis Scholarship

Rachel Wright

$750 Lewis Scholarship

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Cole Brauer

$1000 Evan C. Gary Memorial Scholarship
$500 AFHE Scholarship

Victoria Monk

$1500 AFHE Scholarship

Cole Nelson

$1500 AFHE Scholarship

Keaton Rich

$1200 Bouman Law Firm Scholarship
$300 AFHE Scholarship

Mason Weiss

$1500 Lewis Scholarship