Scholarships, Awards & Recognitions, and Honor Programs


We have many programs for our high school students who are tomorrow’s leaders and volunteers. HLA counselors are available to help with the application process and recommendation letters as your student is applying for awards and scholarships; or who are interested in other programs like NCAA or Beta Club. Click the links below to submit an application for consideration or to notify us that you are interested or have applied to the other programs listed. Contact Crystal for assistance.

HLA serves a global community. It is not possible for us to know about every scholarship opportunity. Any scholarship opportunities that we become aware of will be posted in the HLA newsletter, on our Facebook pages, and on our blog.

Important: Don’t forget about FAFSA deadlines. Reminder: To avoid confusion on the FAFSA when confirming school status, select Home Schooled.

Note: Most colleges offer scholarships based on ACT/SAT scores, GPA, extra-curricular involvement, area-of-study, etc. Please check with any colleges your to which student will be applying for scholarship information. HLA can provide Recommendation Letters if needed for scholarship applications. Additionally, outside agencies, as well as employers, will offer scholarships based on various criteria. Check out The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017 for additional information about searching for scholarships.




Click these links to find out more about TN and FL Scholarship Programs that are available to HomeLife Academy Students.


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Here is a list of the programs available for HLA students. See below for details of each. 

HLA now offers 3 scholarships in order to recognize our seniors who demonstrate the outstanding qualities exemplified by each of the 3 awards. HLA will recognize one award winner and one runner-up each year in each category. Students may earn up to $250 as an HLA award recipient. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 1ST.


5HLA Overcomer Award    

Students who have overcome immense obstacles or hardships in their lives by their own sheer determination and perseverance, in order to not only succeed but excel in areas of academics, sports, the arts, or any other area of their lives, and whose stories serve to inspire the rest of us.



6HLA Special Achievement Award

Students who have achieved above and beyond what is required of them, going the extra mile, and striving to be the best they can be, whether in one area of their lives or many. These students prove to us that the loftiest goals are attainable if we work hard, dream big, and reach for the stars.



 HLA Young Entrepreneur Award

Students who have successfully started their own businesses in high school. Many successful men and women began their businesses while in high school, and we want to recognize the top business leaders of tomorrow.



HORIZONS-2Sue Parkerson Memorial Scholarship

On December 25, 1997, Sue Parkerson went home to be with the Lord.  Sue was a phenomenal woman of God who left her legacy not only with her sons, David (President & Founder of HLA) and Tyler (HLA Director of Information & Technology) but also with the entire Memphis homeschooling community.  She lived out her remaining days in this world helping homeschoolers and was instrumental in helping shape the Memphis-Area Home Education Association in its early days.  After her death, MHEA set up a scholarship program to keep her memory alive and to continue her work in homeschooling.  This scholarship is sponsored by HomeLife Academy but also receives donations from MHEA members.  Any senior who is a member of MHEA can apply for this scholarship.


A student can apply in his/her senior year – this is an award of distinction only with no monetary value. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation offers high school administrators/teachers a way to recognize outstanding high school students whose leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship skills are emblematic of our nation’s 40th President.

Reagan Student Leaders exemplify, inside and outside the classroom, President Reagan’s legacy of leadership and service. They thrive in extracurricular activities and pursue leadership roles to make a positive difference in their school, in their community and on the job.

Scholars appreciate the value of a quality education and have an affinity for discovery and lifelong learning. They are conscientious about their studies and earnestly pursue academic achievement. Their initiative, imagination and innovation will play a significant role as our country tackles the problems of tomorrow.

To learn more about this prestigious award, please visit Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Award


If your students do lots of volunteer work, you may want to check into the President’s
Volunteer Service Award
. This awards program is for students who volunteer in their communities (or anywhere else). The recognition looks good on college applications, portfolios, and resumes. For more information on the program and to see a chart of the levels, visit President’s Volunteer Service Award. Go to the website to register.  It does ask for the ROS Key for your certifying organization, which is HomeLife Academy – ROS KeyYMM-1911

Write a one-paragraph description of why you would like to be considered for this scholarship.

  • HLA can only select one senior for this award, and even then, it’s not guaranteed that they will be chosen. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30th.
  • To Apply Now,  fill out the form and write your paragraph there.
  • Requirements
    • Be a full-time high school senior currently enrolled at a high school within a Comcast Community or otherwise approved by Comcast.
    • Student grade point average of 2.8 or higher.
    • The student demonstrates leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences.
    • The student shows a strong commitment to and involvement in community service.
    • The student plans to attend an accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school in the United States.
    • The student will need to verify nomination by entering the Comcast School Code (CSC), provided by the principal or guidance counselor.
    • The student will need to complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form.
    • If the nominee is not over the age of eighteen, the parent/guardian must complete and approve the terms and conditions set forth in the media release included as part of the scholarship acceptance form.
    • To acknowledge these accomplishments, recipients of the award will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.

Governor’s School

The Governor’s Schools will offer selected gifted and talented high school students intensive learning experiences in the Humanities, Math, Science, Arts, International Studies, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Prospective Teaching, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Business and IT Leadership, Agricultural Sciences, Computational Physics, and Scientific Models and Data Analysis.

Students in the tenth and eleventh grades who would like to participate in a challenging and high- intensity program in one of the twelve areas should follow these steps:

  1. Obtain application(s) online.
  2. Request an Official Transcript sent to your home address, using the Request Manager in your HLA account. Request one for each of the Gov. schools your student is applying for and specify that it’s for Governor’s School.
  3. Follow these instructions concerning completing a request for a recommendation letter or recommendation form.
  4. Request the required number of recommendations from teachers.
  5. Fill out and assemble all documents in order.
  6. List HLA in the return address – the TN Gov. School
    approves of homeschool parents sending in the packets; however, we still recommend using HLA’s return address when mailing in the packet.
  7. Send the packet to the college by the deadline.
  8. Contact Diane Benson if you are interested in applying for Governor’s School and need more information.





The NCAA has approved HomeLife Academy students for individual assessments for the NCAA scholarships, and we have had several students receive NCAA scholarships. Please list HLA as your school and not Homeschool when applying to the NCAA so we can submit transcripts for your student through our High School Portal.

  • Information regarding NCAA eligibility can be found here.
  • Important – Please select the NCAA Path in Applecore and email Crystal. If your student is applying for the NCAA scholarship we need to know as early as ninth or tenth grades, so that we can provide you the best information regarding courses, descriptions, and transcripts most likely to be accepted by NCAA.
  • Please make sure the courses you select are college prep and high school only courses – others will not be accepted. To date, the only courses we are aware of that NCAA has not accepted are Rosetta Stone foreign language (unless supplemented with a grammar/sentence structure workbook) and Apologia Physical Science (other Apologia courses are fine, but Physical Science is listed as recommended for 8th grade).
  • If you have any questions, please e-mail Crystal.
  • Refer to our NCAA Path for more information.

HomeLife Academy is a registered school with the NAIA and we have several students each year receive NAIA scholarships. For more information, click here to access the NAIA Eligibility Center.

Greg Landry, of Landry Academy, has written an article regarding both the NCAA & NAIA scholarships. We encourage families to read this.


To be eligible, a student will complete requirements during the high school years.  Visit our TN Scholarship Programs page for more details. In a student’s senior year, they can apply on our Awards & Scholarships page to be a TN Scholar. The (80) volunteer hours during high school can also count for TN Promise.


Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students — beginning in high school through college to their first job —QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.

Advice from an HLA Graduate…

Although Alex was not “matched” (matched=100% scholarship) through QuestBridge, he was a finalist, got accepted because of his QuestBridge application, received an extremely generous award and is now considered a QuestBridge Scholar.

12472709_10154197128423013_1195783459409450093_n“Hey y’all, for those who don’t know me I’m Alex McCarver. I will be attending Brown University in Rhode Island as a freshman this fall after 13 years (K-12) of homeschooling.

I want to share an opportunity that I believe some homeschoolers in our area can take advantage of. QuestBridge is an organization that matches high-performing, low-income students with prestigious colleges such as Vanderbilt, Duke, Yale, Brown, Princeton, and many others. One of the great things about this program is the fact that anyone can apply for free, and if you are accepted into the program you can apply to these colleges for free as well. There are no hard rules and cut-offs when it comes to grades, test scores, or family situations, though there are guidelines that most applicants meet.

The deadline to apply to the program is in September each year so you (well, your rising seniors) will want to be sure they have plenty of time to knock out the application and essays to become a finalist. Visit and check out their ‘Who should apply’ page and consider applying. Remember that just because you don’t meet their exact guidelines doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t apply, as family situations often play a large factor in who is accepted. Good luck!


We now have a couple of options for our students who want to be in a Beta Club. They have approved us as a school and our homeschool chapters can name their own groups, but they must have “HomeLife Academy” or “HLA” as the first part of their name – they can name them HLA – Jackson group, for example. Your students will also be able to compete at the state conventions – 18 southern states have state conventions where they can compete. There are also jr. (gr. 4-8), and sr. (9-12), five students per division. For academic competitions at conventions, they break it down further. (4-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12). Please contact Katie Voyles-Hinson for a Beta Club starter kits brochure.

We will also have an HLA- National Jr. Club and HLA National -Sr. Club for all students but these students will not have local chapters. See below for the different requirements.

You will register your local club directly with the Beta Club, with HLA as your sponsor. The contact person is Kelli Gosnell should you have questions.

If you want a local club, then you (and other moms) will organize it and run it, with the Beta Club providing all the info, pins, etc. and you will send in dues directly to them. If you just want them to be a part of our National Beta Jr. or Sr. High Club, with no local chapter to participate in, then contact Katie Voyles-Hinson. You will pay these dues ($35) using the Pay Now button in your HLA account.

In order to receive an invitation to or maintain membership in the HLA Jr.and High School Beta Clubs, eligible 4th graders through seniors are required to maintain a minimum 3.85 GPA, attend mandatory monthly meetings, possess and demonstrate high moral character within the school and community, and commit to individual volunteerism and club projects in order to promote the Beta Club ideal of Ducamus aliis serviendo – Let us lead by serving others.

Specifically, prospective and current Beta Club members must meet the following requirements in order to receive an invitation or maintain membership within the organization:

  1. Members of established local HLA Beta Clubs:
    • Maintain a minimum 3.85 GPA
    • Must not miss more than three meetings throughout the year
    • Must demonstrate conduct becoming of a Beta
    • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of personal volunteer service each school year
    • Participate in at least two group projects throughout the year
  2. Members of HLA National Jr. or Sr. Clubs:
    • Maintain a minimum 3.85 GPA
    • Must demonstrate conduct becoming of a Beta
    • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of personal volunteer service each school year



National Society of High School Students is an honor society that recognizes top academic achievers from high schools around the world. Its mission is to recognize academic excellence among high school students and to encourage members to apply their unique talents, vision, and the potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. It costs $60 for a lifetime membership and looks good on a resume if you don’t have a homeschool honor society in your area. They also award scholarships.  In fact, one of our students won a $1000 scholarship for the 2016/2017 college year. For more information, you can to go to their website:  Please email Katie Voyles-Hinson OR fill out the Application for Consideration if you want HLA to nominate your student.