by Julianna Dotten
Growing up as a homeschool student, I have fond memories of participating each year in our rural county’s political essay contest. It provided a fun and motivating outlet for my siblings and I to think through current issues and learn to effectively write. Plus, it provided a solid deadline … a concept that was a little foreign to us at first as homeschool students (!) Whatever your students’ interests, contests can be a great way to provide motivation to master a subject and share talents with others!
Below are some upcoming contests open to homeschoolers. Whether your students are interested in writing, math and science, or photography, there’s an opportunity for them!
- Home School Legal Defense Association Essay Contest (Fall 2018). Compete against other homeschool students from across the country in HSLDA’s annual contest. Keep an eye out for fall details coming out soon! Or, read last year’s winners here.
- FRA Americanism Essay Contest grades 7-12 (December 2018). Designed to promote a spirit of patriotism and Americanism, this essay contest is a great opportunity to compete for some pretty hefty prizes! Learn more here.
- The Voice of Democracy audio-recorded essay competition (Deadline: October 2018). Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the winners of this high school competition receive significant college scholarship funds and more. This year’s theme is: American History: Our Hope for the Future. Learn more here. Also check out their essay contest!
- Intel Science Talent Search (Deadline: November 2018). This national math and science competition gives high school seniors the opportunity to submit original research in a field and compete for college scholarships! Learn how to apply here.
Blessings on your efforts!