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3 Waves of Scholarships

3 Waves of Scholarships
Scholarships come in waves.  They don't all come at once and they don't all come when you receive college admission. And, unfortunately, they don't all come by the time you have to decide on your college, either.  To say the least, they certainly don't come when it's convenient, that's for sure.Three Waves of Scholarships Scholarships come in Waves - 3 waves, actually.  The first wave is scholarship money based on application numbers.  That means the score on...
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Lee Binz
Lee, I love your posts. They are truly amusing as well as informational.
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Thank you, Denise! Lee is always thankful to hear that she has blessed parents. And when her humor is understood! Robin Assistant... Read More
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Finding Scholarships

Finding Scholarships
I meet a lot of homeschool families who are convinced they can’t afford a college education today. They don’t want to take out thousands of dollars in loans, and who can blame them? Some loans take years to pay back after graduation, and many parents don’t have enough money set aside to cover the rising costs of tuition. If this describes you, don’t despair!  There are scholarships out there, and they’re not just for the really smart...
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Guest — Lee
Aw! I appreciate that! Blessings, Lee
Friday, 30 November 2012 07:39
Guest — J W
Lee - how can we thank you enough?!?
Thursday, 29 November 2012 19:22
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How Much For This Test Score?

How Much For This Test Score?
I wish I could give nice, concrete, set-in-stone answers for everyone.  Especially when it comes to money, it's so important to get answers.  But paying for college is a lot like buying a house.  It requires a lot of estimation as well as serious research.Are there any charts out there that break down SAT and ACT  scores and scholarship dollars?  I understand that all colleges do not cost the same and the dollar amount in scholarships...
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Guest — Sandy Grant
We found that that you might get scholarships that you weren't expecting. My daughters grades and test scores were not WOW but we... Read More
Saturday, 22 June 2013 22:24
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National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers

National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers
Money for College! Have you seen billboards and newspaper articles announcing that a student is a National Merit Scholar?  Did you know that those students entered the competition by taking the PSAT? The National Merit Scholarship is the best known high school scholarship in the nation, and the only way to win is to start with the PSAT test.  Therefore, the single most important thing you can do to win that scholarship is to make sure...
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Guest — Renee G
My dd is a semi-finalist this year. If she gets finalist (90% do), her college of choice will give her a scholarship that includes... Read More
Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:25
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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come...
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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration:*College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart.*Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine through in...
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
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Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
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I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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Homeschooling: What About Prom?

Homeschooling: What About Prom?
When you tell people you are homeschooling high school, you may get some pretty unusual questions. What about college? What about scholarships? What about socialization? For me, the strangest question was always, "What about Prom?" Yeah... what about it?Homeschoolers who want to have a prom can create one! Read this article, about a homeschool group that got together to make a Prom for their high school students. Appleton-area homeschoolers experience razzle-dazzle of high school dance Teens...
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Guest — Beth
Our 16-year old dd just finished making her Empire Era ball gown (green crushed velvet with a black velvet sash complete with long... Read More
Saturday, 23 July 2011 20:01
Guest — J W
I don't think I've ever gotten to use my snappy answer for the "what about prom" question, but I'll share it anyway... "Gee, I th... Read More
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Guest — Sabrin Justison
We LOVE prom....for our homeschoolers! I've been blessed to chaperon for 9 years now, and each event has been elegant and fun. I... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:08
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Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers

Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers
Scholarship seekers become scholarship winners!  I love to hear about homeschoolers winning college scholarships, but it doesn't happen by accident. Paula shared the story of her daughter with a senior portrait. My husband and I are so proud of our daughter, Katelynn.  Katelynn has been homeschooled since the third grade.  We are so proud of all her accomplishments, and we can't believe she just graduated from high school.  Katelynn has been accepted to the University of...
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Congratulations Katelynn!!
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 01:53
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Encouraging Girls in Math and Science

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
There are more girls going to college than there are boys.  Girls are in the majority, so they are less likely to receive admission and financial aid.....  except in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In those areas, girls are still in the minority.   You can encourage your young women to pursue a college major in STEM, and it might improve their chances of admission and financial aid.  One of my clients recommended Expanding Your Horizons conferences...
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Give Colleges What They Want

Give Colleges What They Want
One tip to getting a good scholarship is to give college exactly what they want.  The happier you make the college, the more they like your student. That means they may give you money in scholarships!   Here is Ann's recent experience: Recently, Ethan received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at CCSU. It said his application was important to them, and they wanted to interview him. We didn't know what to make of that, but...
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The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!

The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!
Learn the Steps to Getting BIG Scholarships!  You're not just a homeschooler.  You are the Homeschool Parent PLUS Counselor PLUS Mentor PLUS Advisor.  Don't worry, though. Homeschool parents are GREAT high school guidance counselors, motivated by love and a long term commitment to their child's success.  But even the most determined and steadfast parent may quake at the cost of college! Learn how to market your child for college admission.  Marketing can increase your chance of...
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Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"

Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"
I'm getting those calls and emails again.  The ones where parents start with "Help!  I don't know what I'm doing!" I hear it all.  See if these worries sound familiar: Can my child get into college? Can she get good scholarships? How can I provide opportunities for his future? How do we apply to college? What do I do first?If you are confused with the whole process, and don't even know what to do first, please...
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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Music Scholarship or Work Study?
Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM. Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum...
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Guest — Lois
Lee- I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors wh... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. ... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:59
Guest — Ann
hi Lee-- Is a performance grant the same thing?
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:15
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STEM Scholarships for Homeschoolers

STEM Scholarships for Homeschoolers
Scholarships abound for STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Tracie wrote on Facebook: "Lee, When is the best time to start applying for scholarships, of any kind? What about the essays, any tips/hints? How many should you apply for?"Tracie, many private scholarships like this are available junior year, but most are for senior year in high school, starting the summer before senior year. Scholarships from colleges are something you apply to when you apply to the...
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