Your Subtitle text


 IFHS Scholarship Info  

At the 2014 IFHS Statewide Graduation, two $1,000 scholarships were given away by the IFHS and one $2,000 4-year renewable scholarship from Apologia Educational Ministries was presented.  This marks over $60,000 in scholarships that the IFHS has given away since 2004!  Indiana Wesleyan University also gave away a scholarship to a student participating in our graduation ceremony as they have for several years.  We appreciate their support! 

We offer these scholarships to students participating in our ceremony:

The Vivian Byar Community Service Scholarship, for $1000 (non-renewable).  Vivian Byar served the home schooling community for 10 years as a full-time volunteer for the IAHE between the ages of 70-80.  The Indiana home schooling movement was greatly benefited in these early years by her effort and devotion. 

The Lisa Watson Leadership Scholarship, for $1000 (non-renewable).  Lisa Watson was a home educator, mentor, and leader in the home schooling community.  She served as a wonderful role model for the small but growing number of minority home educators.                                                                                   

The IFHS Academic Scholarship, for $1000 (non-renewable).
The IFHS Dream to Achieve Scholarship, for $1000 (non-renewable).  This scholarship is awarded to a student who has experienced many difficulties in life and has worked to overcome them.
The Indiana Wesleyan University $1000 scholarship, renewable for all 4 years, is available strictly to students in our ceremony, and you apply for it directly through the school.  An application will be listed on the Statewide Graduation page once it is made available to us.

For the first time in 2011, the Apologia Academic Excellence Scholarship was given to a participant in our ceremony.  Formerly called the David McIntosh Scholarship, this award is sponsored by Apologia Educational Ministries, and it is a $2000 renewable college scholarship.  The application is the same as for the IFHS Scholarships - one application makes you eligible for all 5 awards.

Before the 2010 Graduation, we announced a new partner in awarding scholarships - Crossroads Bible College.  Crossroads is now offering up to five $1,500 renewable scholarships to homeschool high school graduates who participate in our ceremony.  The winners will be presented with the award during the ceremony along with the IFHS and Indiana Wesleyan Scholarships.  This is a total possible amount of $6,000 for any student that receives the award, and a cumulative total of $30,000 they are willing to give to our homeschooled students!  
For more information on how to apply for these scholarships, see the Statewide Graduation page of our website.

The IFHS is grateful for the generous support of our partners in providing home educated students scholarships and recognizing their accomplishments


Indiana University Air Force ROTC. Contact Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Unit Admissions Officer Captian Joshua Hedges for details about their program and scholarships. E-mail:

Indiana University Army ROTC program
 is a place where deserving young adults can find another way to fund college, while gaining critical leadership and management skills that will put them out in front of their peers in the corporate market once their service is complete.  APMS, Scholarship & Enrollment Officer: Major Todd Tinius,  The US Army Cadet Command link for 4-year scholarships is:

AXA Achievement Community Scholarship is for high school seniors honors students who have excelled in extra-curricular activities, the community or the workplace. The focus is on non-academic achievement.  

Best Buy awards scholarships annually. Range $1000- $25,000. Community Service, Academics, and Essay evaluated.

Black Excel has presented gateways to well over 1000 Scholarships for minority students nationwide.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program gives away 100 $25,000 awards and 1,000 $2,000 awards, all of which are renewable for 4 years (some for 5 years if you are in a 5-year Engineering program).  You must be attending an accreditd four-year college or university and planning to major in a course of study that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math).  They have a list of all eligible majors on their site, and recipients must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries using these areas of study. 
Criteria such as academic achievement, financial need, community involvement, and other elements such as first-generation college student, female, minority, or dependent of military personnel will be considered. 

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) Sponsors scholarship endowment funds for college bound students in Central Indiana.  Their website has good links to information about college, financial aid, and scholarship searches beyond their program.  Some of the scholarships are specific to area high schools, some are specific to certain intended college majors or even specific colleges.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides 250 college scholarships for high school seniors (includes homeschoolers) in the fall.  Deadline annually is Oct 31st.  50 scholarships are for $20,000 each and 200 are for $4,000 each.

The Congressional Award is about challenge. It is a fun way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you would like to try for the first time. To earn the Award, you set goals in four Program Areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. You select an adult advisor who will help you set challenging but achievable goals and plan activities to reach those goals.

Goedeker's Scholarship offers a unique approach to scholarships. This is one you certainly don't want to pass up. There are a few different scholarships offered so don't wait. 

Hoosier Heroes scholarship competition for 11th and 12th graders is sponsored by the Indiana Dollars for Scholars and is open to homeschoolers too. You can get details and an application form at the linked site.

The Jessica Pinna Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Jessica, who was 6-years old when she was killed in a car accident in 2006 involving a teenage driver.  The application can be downloaded at, and then you can either send a PDF version via email to, or mail it to 8540 Hunting Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46217.    

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Program An annual program for Kohl’s to recognize and reward kids, ages 6-18 who volunteer in their communities.

The NFIB Education Foundation The NFIB Free Enterprise Scholars program is a national effort to identify and recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurs Entrepreneur awards given through NFTE to young entrepreneurs.

Navy ROTC Scholarship covers 100% tuition, regardless of school or major. Like the Naval Academy, this program guarantees a Commission as a Naval Officer upon graduation from college. However, NROTC affords the student over 150 Universities to choose from nationwide.  Basic program information, eligibility requirements, and the application can be found at the site.  NROTC Project Coordinator: AMS2(AW) Marvin Vinluan.  Email:  

The President’s Volunteer Service Award  The VSA is a Presidential recognition program for Americans of all ages, who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. The program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period.   Your local support group or the service organization could validate your hours for this award.

Simon Youth Foundation  Awards community scholarships for seniors who are planning to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited institution.  You can pick up applications at area Simon Malls in the fall.  Deadline is December 1st.
State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI)

• The SSACI has scholarships and grant programs for Indiana students – some of which homeschoolers may be eligible.
• The SSACI has a list of other sites offering on scholarships and grants.
• The SSACI administers the Twenty First Century Scholarship program.  Homeschoolers are not eligible for these awards.  Students must attend either a Performance-Based Accredited school, a charter school, or a freeway school in the 7th or 8th grade when they apply to the program in order to enroll in the program. Students who enroll in the program must also graduate from a high school that is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education in order to utilize the scholarship.  Questions about this can be directed to

Wal-Mart has a scholarship program for associates and dependants of associates.  They no longer run the Sam Walton Community Scholarship that they used to.

Please e-mail us and share details about scholarships your student receives. You can help us help other families by sharing about your student's award. 

Top of Page 



College Board Scholarship Search 


College Answers Scholarship Search 

Also, see our College & Career Prep section on this site.  It has information about other links for financial aid and scholarships.  One place that is a good source for scholarship information is your local high school guidance office. Many now list their scholarships online at the school's website.  A few of the better guidance sites we have seen are listed near the bottom of the College & Career Prep page. 

Top of Page


Most people have heard of the success homeschoolers have had in the National Spelling Bees and Geography Bees, but below are a few other competitions you may not know about.

Future Problem Solvers Competition  FPSP features curricular and co-curricular competitive, as well as non-competitive, activities in creative problem solving.

Hoagie’s List  A great list of contests and awards can be found on this site. ( not home school specific)

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)  Sponsors contests in essay, photo, art, and poetry categories.  There are several different age categories. 

Homeschool World  Homeschool World is beginning to list contests that home schoolers may compete in.  

Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Contest  Voice of Democracy is an annual national audio essay contest that is designed to foster patriotism by giving high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to voice their opinion about their personal obligations as an American and address their responsibility to our country.

Top of Page 

Website Builder