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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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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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We Got a Scholarship!

We Got a Scholarship!
Here is the thing about February and March.  It's the months when homeschooling is the most difficult.  The doldrums set in, and life seems more tedious. But for me, early spring is my FAVORITE time of year!  That's when all my seniors start hearing about admission and scholarships!  Although deadlines for admission are often much later in the spring, the early bird gets the worm!  Those who applied earlier in the fall are now reaping the...
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Hi Lee, That's excellent. The truth at least for me is that most of the home-schooled students I know are incredibly smart and ha... Read More
Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:35
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How Do You Decide Between Colleges?

How Do You Decide Between Colleges?
When you have multiple college offers with wonderful scholarships, how do you decide between colleges?Here are two methods. First, you can develop a chart and compare each college.  Make sure that comparison includes "your dollars out of pocket each year of college" as your only financial comparison, because there are too many variables to compare any other numbers.The second method is the livability test.  Where does your student want to live for the next four years? ...
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Four Homeschool High School Advantages

Four Homeschool High School Advantages
A few summers ago my two sons graduated together from homeschool high school. They were both invited to compete in an all day full-tuition scholarship competition at their first choice university.  108 students competed for those ten full-tuition scholarships, Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine. I found myself wondering, "How did that happen?" I believe we received scholarships because of four advantages: curriculum, SAT preparation, documentation, and character. These advantages are available to...
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Monday, 10 January 2011 01:40
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Encouragement from The Other Side

Encouragement from The Other Side
It's nice to hear stories from parents who have been where you are, but have now graduated a student.  Have they ruined their children's lives?  Have the missed out on college admission or scholarships?  Hardly!  Mostly I hear stories that I call "Shock and Awe!"  Parents write to me and confess the wonderful results of homeschooling high school.  The most common feelings when high school is over?  Shock that it worked, and Awe at the admission...
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Thankyou so much for sharing your fears and success. I am very encouraged by all of your stories of struggles, growth, and success... Read More
Thursday, 07 October 2010 17:27
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How Important is the SAT for College Scholarships?

How Important is the SAT for College Scholarships?
How important is the SAT for college scholarships?Is it possible for a student to qualify for scholarships without having an SAT score? Let me explain, I have a child who will probably do some dual enrollment during her junior and senior year. If I understand that correctly, she  won't HAVE to take a SAT (will she)? If she doesn't, will that knock her out of potential scholarships at other schools? ~ Nicole Yes.  It is "possible"...
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Thanks for writing this post. As a homeschool mom with a daughter of high school age, I'm always looking for information on colleg... Read More
Monday, 12 October 2009 08:15
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Hear Me Speak at WATCH!

Hear Me Speak at WATCH!
I am so excited to be speaking at the upcoming WATCH convention on August 7 and 8 in Seattle, WA.  Here are my topics:Getting the BIG Scholarships (Workshop "C" 10:30 Saturday)Have you ever wondered, "what about scholarships?" Because of the wonderful benefits of homeschooling, homeschool students frequently get great scholarships for colleges. Drawing from her experiencing in helping her two children win full-tuition scholarships from their first choice university, Lee Binz, The HomeScholar will teach you...
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Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships

Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships
One small detail about going to college as a freshman means you have to remain a freshman until you begin at the University.  Taking college classes within the context of dual enrollment is fine.  When college classes are counted toward high school courses, then they are counted as high school courses, and the student is still considered a freshman in terms of the university admission.  In senior year, you can take college classes that are placed...
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Should I List Colleges on the SAT/ACT?

Should I List Colleges on the SAT/ACT?
 Do you have to list colleges on the SAT/ACT test forms, or can you submit the test scores later?  If you submit them later, does it hurt the chances of scholarships?~LisaHi Lisa!Thanks for coming to my seminar in Vancouver!  To answer your question, you are not required to list colleges on the SAT or ACT, or PSAT for that matter,  although you do have the option. Nothing bad will happen if you don't list colleges, and...
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Are Scholarships Available to Older Students?

Are Scholarships Available to Older Students?
Are scholarships available for students in their twenties? How long are SAT and ACT scores considered valid for scholarships and college admission?~ KimDear Kim,Scholarships ARE available for students in their twenties!  There are two kinds of scholarships, merit scholarships based on some characteristic of your students (high grades, or a particular skill or gift.)  There are also need-based scholarships, based on income.  Some students may be considered independent adults, even though we still view them as "children"...
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Great Economic News for the College Bound!

Great Economic News for the College Bound!
Great economic news!When I speak to groups, I often emphasize that private schools are usually NOT more expensive than public schools.  They have more money to give away, so the scholarship awards are much larger.  In fact, if you compare the actual amount students SPEND on college, rather than the "sticker price," many times public and private universities are the SAME price for a family.Now, with the current economic decline, the situation is actually improving. To...
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Do You Really Need an "Accreditation Counselor?"

Do You Really Need an "Accreditation Counselor?"
Hey Lee,As you may remember we are moving into the High School years and I just saw your email on the new Transcripts. Scott and I are looking into purchasing it. One quick question...We live in Georgia and at our Homeschool Group many students in High School use an "accreditation counselor." Quite frankly, I'm not impressed with what I've seen but I'm a little confused. Do we have to have someone put these together for us...
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"Out of the Box" Scholarships

"Out of the Box" Scholarships
Are you worried about the cost of college?  Consider this; you could find a college that's FREE!  Look outside the box a bit, and search for a college that is the perfect fit for your student.  Look at this college for example: The University of Alabama.  One their website, they explain that a high GPA and high SAT scores will receive full tuition IF they apply by the deadline.  Here is the link.  Read about the...
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I can't wait to see how it ends up Renee! This is so exciting! Blessings, Lee
Friday, 31 October 2008 05:22
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Right now the public ones are cheaper. I think Catholic monks only have so much money to give away. But Madeleine has also been wo... Read More
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Guest — Lee
Thanks, Renee! Keep me updated! Are you able to compare the cost of public vs. private colleges? Or do you not have all the inf... Read More
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 14:53
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A Dirty Little Secret about Free College Scholarships

A Dirty Little Secret about Free College Scholarships
One mother asked me about scholarships.  Sometimes people think our full tuition scholarship means that college is free for us - it isn't!  We still have to pay for room and board, books and supplies.  The good news is that even when you get a full tuition scholarship, you can get other awards as well.I have one son who gets engineering scholarships, and another that gets economics & business scholarships.  They also both got small awards...
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