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, 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 2020, AFHE has awarded $120,750 to 107 outstanding homeschool applicants for their post-secondary education. To further expand the program AHSC also includes 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.

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Closed for 2020

All phases of the AHSF are administered by the Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Committee under the oversight of the AFHE Board of Directors.

All students who apply and provide the supporting documents by the deadline 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 and the family must be a current AFHE member.

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.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT

The following supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for a scholarship. 

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.

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.

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.

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 dependent on proof of college registration as a full-time student.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS

The Scholarship Committee will review and evaluate applications once the application process has closed. In early May, each applicant will be notified 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

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Grace Klein

$1,500 Lewis Scholarship

Ariel Teo

$1,500 AFHE General Scholarship

Alyssa Tappendorf

$750 AFHE General Scholarship

Elise Quan

$750 AFHE General Scholarship

JohnDavid Holmes

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

James Monk

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Lydia Harris

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Recipients

Joshua Reeves

$1,500 Lewis Scholarship

Jude Brauer

$1,500 AFHE General Scholarship

Ryan Miller

$1,000 AFHE General Scholarship

Tyler Newman

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Hannah Oman

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Cole Cameron

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Lena-May Haught

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Amanda Hinkle

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Sarah Reiter

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Woodlyn Smith

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Leah Busler

$1,000 AFHE General Scholarship

Elizabeth Flavin

$750 AFHE General Scholarship

Audrey French

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Kellen Hemmings

$1,500 Lewis Scholarship

Rebecca Lyts

$1,500 AFHE General Scholarship

Gabrielle Sequiera

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Ruthanne Teo

$1,000 AFHE General Scholarship

Abigail Troyer

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Grace Varadin

$1,000 AFHE General Scholarship

David Wright

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Paul Oftedahl

$1,500 AFHE General Scholarship

Madeline Peltzer

$1,500 Lewis Scholarship

David Korn

$1,000 AFHE General Scholarship

Timothy Graunke

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Grace Balkan

$500 AFHE General Scholarship

Holly Ciampi

$500 First Choice Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Dawson Maguire

$500 Margie Foster Memorial Scholarhsip

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

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