Dean wants VCU to be “the first choice for homeschooled (engineering) students” and notes “the unique value of the homeschooling experience in preparing students for success in engineering.”
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering in Richmond has established a new scholarship for homeschoolers, as part of their active recruitment to attract homeschoolers.
Here’s the recent update sent out by the Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers:
Dr. Russell D. Jamison, Ph.D., Dean of Virginia Commonwealth Universitys School of Engineering, recently met with VaHomeschoolers President Parrish Mort to create the Virginia Homeschool Scholarship for the VCU School of Engineering.
The scholarship will be awarded to a student who comes from a homeschool environment and enrolls as a first time freshman in any department of the School of Engineering in the fall semester 2007. It provides $2500 to $3500 per year depending upon the qualifications of the student. The School of Engineering will select awardees based on the students academic and personal qualifications and promise. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the student must apply for admission to VCU.
Dr. Jamison informed us that the School of Engineering will reserve at least two of these scholarships for qualified homeschooled applicants, and that he hopes “that this and other steps we are taking will encourage homeschooling parents and teachers to consider VCU Engineering. We are very proud of the “engineering on a human scale environment we have created and believe that it may be well-suited to your families.”
The Dean also said that VCU wants to be “the first choice for homeschooled students who wish to continue their post-secondary education in engineering,” and that the school recognizes “the unique value of the homeschooling experience in preparing students for success in engineering.” VCU looks forward to an ongoing relationship with the homeschool community and has extended the deadline for applications to the School of Engineering to March 15, 2007.
Virginia Homeschoolers has put the application for the scholarship on its website. To apply for the VCU Virginia Homeschool Scholarship, you can download the application form here.
Parrish Mort, writing on the local/regional Hanover (VA) Homeschoolers list, noted that
These scholarships are significant and are renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 gpa and stays enrolled full time. Even more exciting is that students who apply for these merit scholarships will only be competing against other homeschool applicants, not the engineering applicants at large.
Parrish, through her work for VaHomeschoolers, did a great job helping to develop this opportunity for homeschoolers in meetings with the dean of the School of Engineering. What a tremendous opportunity for Virginia homeschoolers who are interested in studying engineering at the University.
Here then is yet another positive answer when homeschoolers are asked whether universities will consider them for admission. VCU’s well-respected School of Engineering has decided that homeschool students are not just admissable, but well-worth recruiting with significant scholarships.
Posted by Jeanne Faulconer
Update: I just found that VCU’s School of Engineering page already has a link especially for homeschoolers. Look over on the right under the “Engineer This” logo, and click on the blue Information for Homeschoolers box. Lots of good ideas for preparing future engineers — and take a look at how many of those activities we know homeschool kids are already doing!