The Richmond Times Dispatch had a story by Gary Robertson Saturday, May 5, 2007 about a homeschooled brother and sister attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Kate Proffitt began attending VCU at 14 after homeschooling and attending community college since age 12. She’s now 17 and the article points out that she
recently became only the second person in VCU’s history to win a Goldwater Scholarship, awarded nationally for undergraduate academic excellence in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. She is majoring in biomedical engineering in VCU’s School of Engineering and hopes to one day earn dual medical and doctoral degrees. This week, she was elected president of the School of Engineering honor society.
Her brother Patrick, 14, was recently accepted to VCU and will begin studying mechanical engineering.
Read more about the Proffitts in the story, Attending VCU at 14.
I had recently noted that VCU’s School of Engineering had developed a scholarship just for Virginia homeschooled students. With kids like the Proffitts, it’s easy to understand why VCU is looking for more homeschoolers.
The Proffitts have done well, and that’s exciting; at the same time, let’s keep perspective and remember that many homeschoolers aren’t in college at 12 or 14, but still reap the benefit of homeschooling.
Posted by Jeanne Faulconer