Colo.—March 9, 2015— Thirteen students
were recently awarded a total of
$92,000 in college scholarships in the 16th annual Sonlight Scholarship Program
from Colorado-based homeschool provider
scholar and winner of the $20,000 Sonlight scholarship, Keila Pieters,
studied with Sonlight from kindergarten through high school.
daughter was born to be a world changer,” said Tracey Pieters, Keila’s
mom. “Though Keila has the drive, talent and discipline to go far in the
private sector, it’s the poor, forgotten and desperate
of the world she’s committed to serving. Her desire to study medicine
and become a missionary doctor is a natural outgrowth of a heart that
wants to impact the world for Christ and His kingdom.”
“Keila has a
veritable kaleidoscope of interests and creative pursuits – writer,
photographer, web designer, blogger, film editor, cook, seamstress,
painter, calligrapher, musician and more. We’re
thankful for her broad exposure to the liberal arts through Sonlight’s
literature-rich curriculum, making her an avid reader of a broad range
of genres,” her mom, Tracey, continues.
“She has received an incredible education with Sonlight Curriculum, helping her become the extraordinary person she is today.”
personal essay titled “Making My Life Count,” Pieters summarizes, “I
desire to live my life with unhindered faith, uncertain risk and
unexpected adventure. … I wish to be bold!”
The 2015 Sonlight scholarship winners
, who were chosen
not only for academic performance but also for exhibiting leadership,
creativity, and other virtues, scored an average of 2200 out of 2400 on
the SAT, placing them in the 99th
Sonlight scholarship recipients
represent diverse geographic regions from Oman to
Oregon. They include a National Merit scholar, a Hollywood Film
Festival award-winner, accomplished scientists, artists,
athletes, musicians and communicators. Each of them have studied at least five Sonlight Core programs.
began its scholarship program when homeschooling still seemed unproven.
We wanted to assess the achievements of the graduates we were helping to
produce with our curriculum. We were amazed
with not only the test results, but also the caliber of students
overall," said Sarita Holzmann, president of Sonlight Curriculum.
As a pioneer
and leader in the market for 25 years, Sonlight is the only homeschool
curriculum company to offer a college scholarship to any four-year
accredited institution. The company has awarded
more than one million dollars to graduates from 17 countries and 35
states since the beginning of the scholarship program in 2000.
Homeschooling Is Growing
Education News, the homeschooling ranks are growing at a
phenomenal rate. Since 1999, the number of children who are being
homeschooled has increased by 75 percent. Debates continue to rage
around the controversial Common Core program, and as dissatisfaction
with the U.S. education system grows, so too does the number of
homeschoolers in America. Statistics show the number of primary school
kids whose parents choose to forgo traditional education is growing
seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling
in K-12 every year.
As homeschooling comes of age, more and more homeschoolers are recruited by colleges and universities.
"Many of the
top universities have caught onto the fact that homeschoolers are a
significant talent pool of self-motivated, well-read, independent
thinkers,” said Holzmann. “These students tend to
bring higher test scores and graduation rates, take leadership roles
and fan the flame of intellectual curiosity everywhere they go. Sonlight
equips them to go wherever God calls and life leads."
provides preschool through 12th grade courses that encourage the value
of lifelong learning; offering college scholarships supports this vision
for continued education.
Since 2006, the average
SAT score of homeschooled students applying
for Sonlight scholarships has been 1924 out of 2400, nearly 17% higher than the national
Sonlight Curriculum is the original homeschool company and pioneer in
literature-based curriculum for preschool through high school students.
been inspiring a love to learn in families for 25 years. Based in
Littleton, Colorado, Sonlight’s Christ-centered mission is to provide
complete curriculum packages and individual resources that enable
parents to homeschool their children, currently in more
than 100 countries worldwide.