The Home School Court Report
No. 2

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by Cherise Ryan Curby
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Scholarship Fund Helps Homeschool Graduates Attend College

Each spring, the Home School Foundation gives college scholarships to students from HSLDA member families who are planning to attend Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. Eventually, as funding increases, we’d like to expand these scholarships to other colleges.

“The HSF scholarship offered me some mental peace concerning the monetary costs of college,” said Zachariah, one of last year’s scholarship recipients. “I did not have enough money saved to assist my parents in financing my first year of college. But I knew that HSF was there assisting my family.”

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

PHC, a Christian liberal arts college, has a unique appeal to homeschool graduates. However, many homeschool students come from single-income families, which can make it difficult to afford college. Furthermore, the college’s commitment not to accept federal aid reduces the number of potential scholarships for students.

Patrick Henry College
PHC/Art Cox

“I wanted to come to PHC primarily because I felt God was calling me to go to a Christian school,” said literature major Mary Sue, one of last year’s scholarship recipients. “On top of that, PHC’s literature program really stood out to me because it’s based on the classical method of education—in other words, I get to read lots and lots of actual literature, instead of textbooks.”

Joshua, another grant recipient, said the scholarship “softened the financial impact of college, making it easier on my parents and me to meet tuition costs, as well as incidentals such as being able to see my family at Thanksgiving break.”

This spring, HSF will be awarding scholarships to a new group of students. We are always blessed to see what a difference it makes in young people’s lives as they seek to follow their calling. “The major obstacle to my attending PHC is finances,” Mary Sue said. “This scholarship has eased the burden, for which I’m really grateful.”

“Quality private colleges are expensive, so every bit helps,” said Gabrielle, another recipient.

To find out if your student is eligible for an HSF scholarship, or to donate to the fund, visit our website at or call us at 540-338-8688.

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

From the Director

Chuck Hurst
Chuck Hurst

We received a gift and note a while ago with this written as the closing: “a 4-year-old left hand.” And under it was a most unusual signature: a traced outline of a small left hand.

This thoughtful allusion to Jesus’s teaching from the Sermon on the Mount made me smile. Contrary to the Pharisees, who wanted everyone to know when and what they were giving, Jesus taught, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3, NIV).

At first I smiled because I thought the note was cute. After thinking further, I smiled because I realized the donor—this little child—was teaching me something. He not only knew the story, but he got the message—for he didn’t even give us his name. He made his gift in such a way that we could only praise God.

Mathew Henry, in his commentary on Matthew 6:3, makes this observation: “When we take least notice of our good deeds ourselves, God takes most notice of them.”

May God bless each of us with the heart of a child that frees up God to take most notice of our good deeds while we take less notice of ourselves.

—Chuck Hurst, Executive Director

For more details on how you can help, please call HSF at 540-338-8688, visit our website or email