Student of the Year Scholarship | HSLDA Online Academy

Student of the Year Scholarship

Earn a Scholarship from HSLDA Online Academy!

The Student of the Year Scholarship is a $1,000 one-time scholarship available for the winning student, eligible to be used for college tuition. Eligible students can apply for this scholarship from Monday, February 3 until Friday, March 6 at 11:59 PM Eastern. 

Who is eligible for the Student of the Year Scholarship?

Student eligibility for the scholarship is dependent upon the following:

  • Student is taking at least one HSLDA Online Academy course and is on track to finish the course. 
  • Student has not dropped all of their HSLDA Online Academy courses.
  • Student is currently in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. 
  • Student and parents/guardians reside in the United States of America. 
  • Student and a parent/guardian sign the Parent Consent Form.
  • Student submits all required files to be considered for the scholarship by Friday, March 6 at 11:59 PM Eastern (note: submissions will be accepted Monday, February 3td through Friday, March 6).

What must the student submit to be considered for the Scholarship?

Eligible students will need to submit the following:

  • A signed copy of the Parent Consent Form.

  • A link to a 2-3 minute video explaining your favorite part of one HSLDA Online Academy course in the 2019-20 academic year. Submission must be through a shared link with the ability to download through Google Drive or Dropbox. (Both are free.) File type must be MP4.

  • A 300-400 word essay saved as a PDF or Word Doc with the following prompt:
    “In your own words, describe how taking an HSLDA Online Academy class has helped or impacted you. How has your class influenced your educational and/or professional goals? Please be as specific as possible.” 

  • A special achievement which is academic, volunteer, or competitive in nature. The special achievement is the student's chance to shine and show how they have excelled in or out of school during the 2019-20 academic year. Ideas include: volunteering, submitting a letter of recommendation, submitting a school project that the student excelled in, or anything else that demonstrates a special achievement. Acceptable document types include PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, PNG, JPEG, MP3, or MP4. 


How will a winner be chosen?

The winner will be selected by the following rubric:

  • Submission included all proper files and was submitted on time. 
  • The video will be judged on the overall quality, presentation style, and content shared.
  • The essay will be judged based on growth towards educational/professional goals, clarity of thought, and proper grammar and formatting. 
  • The special achievement will be judged on uniqueness, originality, and excellence. 

The $1,000 scholarship will be paid out to a post secondary institution in the United States in the summer before enrollment or to a qualifying 529 Plan.

How do I submit my scholarship application?

You may submit your application starting on Monday, February 4, students. Until then, students are encouraged to continue improving their application and check back here for the link to apply.