True confession – my partner and I did not do a good job planning financially for university or college. What I mean by that is that we hadn’t saved any money – or at the bare minimum not nearly what you need for room and board, let alone tuition. We needed a massive scholarship – a REALLY massive scholarship.
When you need a giant scholarship, you really want to go above a regular college prep plan and try to take some more rigorous classes. Try to take some difficult AP or CLEP exams. Whatever you do, you have to make sure that you cover the core classes and basics in all areas. Make sure that when it says that math – three to four years, then you are covering math three to four years. But at the same time, you want to try to exceed the maximum requirements when you can.
One more thing you can do is make sure that you include all of their early high school credits which demonstrates that they have reached beyond the recommended amount. There were specific areas that we were able to exceed without making it seem like it was really tough work.
Let’s consider for example that you are the homeschool parent of a budding scholar-athlete, but you are not certain that a full-ride athletic scholarship is in his or her future. You will want to make sure that your student covers the maximum suggestions of English, math, and social studies, and that he has four years of those. But then he’s also going to try to have four years of science and when it comes to that P. E. section, he may have six credits of P. E. because he’s playing baseball and swimming during the same year.
For my own children, we did meet the normal academic requirements but my children really loved the social sciences. My younger son had many years of economics, not just a quarter. I don’t remember how many he ended up with, but it was most likely six or seven credits in social studies. He studied economics all the time for fun, and he also exceeded the fine arts credits because he took piano every year.
Neither one of those things was difficult for him, that was something he really enjoyed doing. In this way he exceeded the minimum and proved that he was passionately interested in a very intriguing academic subject.
I can’t overstress the importance of having an area of serious interest when it comes to winning the big merit based scholarships. In fact, failing to encourage a student’s passionate interest is one of “The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School. “…