for Academic Reasons - Opportunities
the last 20 years, increasing numbers of families in the United States
have chosen to educate their children at home. Many opportunities exist
for these students. When looking at opportunities, verify that as a
homeschooler you will qualify, if you are told that you do not qualify,
ask why. If you are not satisfied with answer, discuss it with other
members in your support group. If your support group does not provide
you with a satisfactory direction, you can try some of the contacts
on our support page.
If you are not comfortable with or do not receive a response from any
of the contacts on our support page,
you can contact an attorney.
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for Extra Terrestrials At Home
SETI@home is a scientific experiment that harnesses the power
of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers in the
Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate
by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope
BYTES & BOTS Join us for a unique computer experience in
Boulder. BITS, BYTES & BOTS offers your child a buffet of
digital treats. School age children embark on journeys in robotics,
video, and web design.
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) invite
K-12 students to take part in ExploraVision, one of the largest
student science competitions in North America. Now in its eleventh
winning year, the purpose of the competition is to encourage students
to create and explore a vision of a future technology.
INVENT AMERICA! is a nonprofit K-8 education program, launched
in 1987, that helps children develop creative thinking and problem
solving skills through a fun, unique and proven learning tool--
inventing! Our global high-tech workplace is rapidly changing.
Today's workers need the ability to think, analyze and develop
creative solutions to new and unique situations. INVENT AMERICA!
gives educators special tools to help them encourage these critical
skills in kids, to prepare them for the challenges of the 21st
Point Bridge Design Contest
The United States Military Academy offers the West Point Bridge
Design Contest. Design a virtual bridge and win a scholarship!
The purpose of the contest is to provide middle school and high
school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.
is an emerging interactive science center that will be the
home of the Challenger Learning Center of Cincinnati
of the Mind ® is an international
creative problem-solving program for students of all ages
Lego League League International
Introduces children around the world to the fun and experience
of solving real-world problems by applying math, science, and
- Massachusettes Institute of Technology offers a free and open
educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners
around the world.
Robotics Internship Program is an intensive resident
summer program of higher learning for college undergraduate and
graduate students interested in pursuing professional and leadership
careers in robotics fields.
Mountain Talent Search
A program for academically able and highly motivated 5th - 9th
grade students. Rocky Mountain Talent Search (RMTS) is an academic
talent search program providing opportunities for assessment,
recognition, and special summer programs for academically talented
Could You Be a Davidson Fellow?
Davidson Fellows are extraordinary young people who have completed
a significant piece of work in mathematics, science, technology,
music, literature, or philosophy that has the potential to benefit
society. Davidson Fellows have an opportunity to serve as role
models and mentors to other profoundly intelligent young people.
To learn more about how you could become a Davidson Fellow visit
Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
The CTY Talent Search -- for students of exceptional promise.
Second-through eighth graders apply to the Talent Search and then
register to take tests (at nearby locations). The CTY Talent Search
opens doors to a world of opportunities, programs, and resources,
all developed with the needs of highly gifted children in mind.
Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford
University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and
offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses.
Combining technical and instructional expertise, EPGY provides
high-ability students of all ages with an individualized educational
experience, optimized in both pace and content. Through EPGY,
students have access to courses in a variety of subjects at levels
ranging from kindergarten through advanced-undergraduate.
A homeschool honor society sponsored by the Home Education Partnership
of Texas. The purpose of Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School
Honor Society shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship
among home school students.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a not-for-profit
organization that conducts two academic competitions for recognition
and undergraduate scholarships
Stanford University Summer Institutes
The EPGY Summer Institutes at Stanford University are residential
summer programs for students ages 13 through 17. Course descriptions
are available on the EPGY website at: http://epgy.stanford.edu/summer/courses.html
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
provides a list of Summer Programs, Enrichment Programs, Summer
Camps, Academic Programs and Special Schools.
Scholarships and Grants
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent
foundation established in 2000 through the will of Jack Kent Cooke.
When he died on April 6, 1997, Mr. Cooke left most of his fortune
to establish the Foundation. Their Mission is to help young people
of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.
The Foundation awards scholarships that total as much as $50,000
per year, and receives approximately 1,000 nominations for each
program, making them among the largest and most competitive scholarships
in the country.