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by Cherise Ryan
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Investing in the Next Generation

Aaron and Joshua Kamakawiwoole are familiar faces around the Patrick Henry College campus now, though it’s not always easy to tell which one is running past you on his way to class. The twins, hailing from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, are two of five PHC students who were granted Home School Foundation scholarships in 2007.

Students receive scholarships from HSF
Courtesty of HSF
The 2007 PHC scholarship recipients, from left: Aaron K., Ashlynne M., Bart G., Deanna T., and Joshua K.

With a graduate student, a college senior, the two freshmen, and several younger children still being homeschooled, the Kamakawiwoole family has a tightly stretched college budget. Through the Patrick Henry College Scholarship Fund for Home School Legal Defense Association Members, HSF was thrilled to be able to help provide for the twins’ education.

Begun in 2001, the PHC Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to incoming PHC freshmen based on financial need, academic merit, and participation in community service.

“The HSF scholarship has encouraged me to strive for excellence while in college,” says Joshua. “Since the Home School Foundation believes I am worth their investment, it is my desire to make the most of the money they have given and provide the most reward (grades, achievements, etc.) possible.”

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee or a member of the military, make HSF the beneficiary of your donation. HSF’s CFC number is 10535. For more information, visit the CFC website.

Many students come to PHC for its combination of rigorous academics and commitment to Christian thinking. “PHC does not require that its students be National Merit Scholars, but rather requires that its students have a passion to change society in some way, love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and are able to think critically,” says Joshua, who plans on majoring in Strategic Intelligence.

“PHC provides me with a strong spiritual network of friends and teachers who are concerned with the edification of others in everything that they do,” adds Aaron, who wants to major in American Politics and Policy. “The academic standards of Patrick Henry challenge me to grow in my ability to learn, analyze, write, and persuade.”

“But most of all,” he says, “PHC provides an opportunity for young men and women to grow in their love for their God.”

Bart Gingerich, a history major from Covington, Virginia, was another 2007 recipient of HSF’s scholarship.

“I wanted rigorous academics in a truly Christian atmosphere,” he says. “The ethos of PHC whenever I visited was one of professionalism, excellence, and godliness. I also appreciated the smaller student body with its strong relationships. PHC does not simply slap Christian before its name for aesthetic appeal; it truly is an academic community committed to Christ.”

With PHC’s unique appeal to homeschool graduates, many of its applicants come from single-income families, which can add to the challenge of saving for college. Furthermore, Patrick Henry has a commitment to not accept federal aid, ruling out a number of potential scholarships for its students, who must seek financial assistance from private sources. “When I heard about the opportunity offered by HSF, I was jubilant,” says Bart. “Even with tools such as FastWeb, finding scholarships can still be difficult. I appreciate PHC’s devotion to academic independence by not accepting federal aid.”

“This scholarship serves not only as assistance to students and their families, but also as a symbol of support and consideration by the Home School Foundation. It represents a unity within the homeschool community and a passion for investing in the next generation of Christians,” he adds.

To find out if your student is eligible for a Patrick Henry College scholarship or to donate to the fund, visit HSF’s website or call 540-338-8688.

Cherise Ryan is administrative assistant to the executive director of HSF.

From the Director

Chuck Hurst

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

—Romans 5:3-5

Homeschoolers are everywhere, and their needs are widespread. Whether it’s a homeschool graduate entering college, a young family just starting to homeschool a child with special needs, a widow trying to complete the education of her last child, or a family facing an emergency situation, an extra financial boost in the form of a grant from the Home School Foundation can go a long way.

Here at HSF, we daily talk to people facing “tribulations.” And we hear firsthand how “tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope,” as these families grow in awareness of God’s loving care.

By giving to the Foundation, you are helping meet needs beyond the financial. As one Louisiana father and HSF grant recipient wrote, “We have cause to hope in the Lord! This gift has given me renewed confirmation of God's will for the education of our children.”

Thank you for participating in this ministry and helping us deliver what is needed most—hope.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8688, visit the HSF webpage, or email info@homeschoolfoundation.org.