Contributors: Ashley Lawson, Richard Haines
Because we believe that homeschooling is the best model for educating children, THSC has searched for great college scholarships, some particularly for homeschooling students, and in the process we also found some contests and other helpful tips!
The scholarships listed have a variety of application deadlines, so read the criteria carefully. For scholarships with closed deadlines, mark your calendar with a reminder to revisit websites later to check for the next application dates!
Scholarships and Grants
Best Scholarship Picks for Texas Homeschoolers
THSC Patrick Henry Scholarship
Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) has established a donor-funded scholarship fund for Texas homeschool graduates who attend Patrick Henry College (PHC). Deadline beginning of March.
HERO (Home Education Recognition Organization)
HERO offers three, one-time awards of $1,000 each.
Craig Dickinson Memorial Scholarship for academically excellent students.
Mason Lighthouse Scholarship for service-minded students.
State Of The Arts Scholarship for the student who plans to study performing or visual arts past high school. Deadline beginning of March .
LeTourneau University Scholarships
LeTourneau University offers a wide range of scholarships for students, including the Homeschool Endowed Scholarship for incoming freshmen who were homeschooled through high school. Awards is up to $3,000 yearly for up to four years. Rolling deadline corresponds to semester admissions deadlines.
Sonlight homeschool curriculum company offers college scholarships as one of SonlightCares. To be eligible, students must have purchased and used at least five Sonlight history/literature/Bible programs since 2000. Awards 13 scholarships: one $5,000/year, four $2,500/year, and eight $1,000/year renewal for four years if student remains eligible. Deadline December 1.
ABoR (Austin Board of Realtors) Scholarship
Austin Board of Realtors Foundation is another option for college-bound students. The Foundation has awarded more than 300 scholarships since its inception in 1978, including $250,000 in the last five years. More information can be found on the ABoR website. Deadline beginning of March.
Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship
Adults with Down Syndrome age 18 and Older
The mission at Ruby’s Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes. Two awards are:
Maudie’s Scholarship Award is up to $10,000, awarded to one applicant per year.
Warriors for Walt Scholarship Award is up to $7,000 awarded to one applicant for 2018.
Apply for Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship. Deadline is late April.
Stand out on scholarship applications with a Congressional Award.
Youth ages 14 to 23 can leverage their interests and public service to earn a bronze, silver or gold medal.
Houston Baptist University Scholarships
St. Thomas Aquinas Houston Scholarships
Texas Tech Scholarships
Texas A&M University Scholarships
University of Houston Scholarships
Aquinas College Nashville Scholarships
CLT (Classic Learning Test) Scholarships
My pick in this category: North Lake College’s 2-week, 3-island Hawaii program which earns students 16 credits for $4,000 (in-county resident tuition). Homeschool students are eligible, even in their junior and senior years of high school (ages 16 and up).
Homeschool Curriculum Grants
FEAST San Antonio Scholarship
Elementary – High School
As a non-profit organization comprised of homeschooling families, the Family Educators Alliance of South Texas (FEAST) awards an annual grant/scholarship for homeschooling families who meet specific income eligibility guidelines to purchase curriculum for their children, K-12. For eligibility guidelines, visit HomeschoolFeast.com/Scholarship. Must live in Bexar, Kendall, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Medina or Blanco Counties.
The Homeschool Foundation
This charitable organization offers curriculum grants in special categories such as widows, single mothers, special needs, military and in response to emergencies and natural disasters.
Check out DontPayFull.com’s massive list of charities and special funds that provide grants and donations for the special needs of families with a student with special needs.
Do you know of a homeschool-specific or Texas-specific contest, grant or scholarship that is not listed here? Please comment below or email us with more information about that opportunity and we will update this page.
We believe that homeschooling is the best education model for children and that families raising their children is a God-given calling. THSC wants to help you be the best educator for your children that you can be. For more encouraging and helpful resources, join THSC today!