Welcome to FHD’s 3rd annual event, Homeschooling for Free and Frugal Series! Click here to begin reading all of the new Homeschooling for Free and Frugal articles. This article is by Lee Binz, The Home Scholar. (This post was originally published on April 3, 2014.)
Homeschooling parents are busy! The homeschooling lifestyle can keep you hopping as you shuffle attention between kids, work, spouse, the house – the list seems endless sometimes. That’s why it’s important to combine things when you can.
When your children are in high school, there is a great two-for-one strategy that can save you money. You can skip paying for some curriculum, which saves you money, and instead complete college scholarship applications so you can hopefully earn some money.
Save money and make money – two birds with one stone!
Search for private scholarships during high school. Often, these scholarships will include a written essay. They may also require the student to submit other work, produce a video or audio, or submit a work of art. You can count each of these things as work for credit on their transcript.
Think about how each task can fit into your curriculum. Writing an essay could count towards a credit in English. Creating a video might count towards a technology or arts credit. An art project can be included in a visual arts credit. If your child does a lot of scholarship writing, that could even be your whole English curriculum for the year!
Combing the internet and finding scholarships isn’t easy, and takes a lot of time. But when you consider the cost of college today, scholarships are definitely worth pursuing.
Finding scholarships is just the tip of the iceberg though, because after you find them, you will need to filter them down to only the ones which your child is eligible for. Did you come across a scholarship especially for tall people? Don’t laugh, they’re out there! This won’t work for your child if he or she is only 5’1″.
After filtering through them, it’s helpful to record the various scholarships you want your child to apply for, and keep track of due dates, requirements, etc. Consider mapping out deadlines for rough drafts and final drafts of essays and projects in a planner, or on a calendar, for your child so the deadlines don’t sneak up on you.
Remember to help your child follow through with each application! This is perhaps the most difficult part. As the parent, you can do a lot of the initial legwork for scholarship applications, but your teenager must ultimately write the paper or produce the product.
It can be hard work, and that’s why you can award them high school credit for it. Now go out and get those college scholarships!
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Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, is a dynamic homeschool speaker and author. She is an expert on how to craft a winning homeschool transcript. Lee understands what it takes to graduate homeschool students who are fully prepared for college and for life. Her practical advice and organized presentations have helped thousands of homeschool parents muster up the courage to complete their homeschooling journey. Lee’s mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Sign up for her free homeschool e-newsletter, The HomeScholar Record, at www.TheHomeScholar.com. You can also find her at Facebook.com/TheHomeScholar.
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