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Sonlight awards over $1 million to homeschool students

March 9th, 2015

Littleton, 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 Sonlight Curriculum.
Top 2015 scholar and winner of the $20,000 Sonlight scholarship, Keila Pieters, studied with Sonlight from kindergarten through high school.
“Our 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.”
In her 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 percentile nationally.  
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.
"Sonlight 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.
For more information about the Sonlight Scholarship Program, visit www.sonlight.com/scholarships.html
Homeschooling Is Growing
According to 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."
Sonlight 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 average.

About Sonlight:
Sonlight Curriculum is the original homeschool company and pioneer in literature-based curriculum for preschool through high school students. They’ve 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.

Celebrate 25 years with Sonlight! You're invited.

January 14th, 2015

Come celebrate with us … 
This year marks Sonlight's silver anniversary: 25 years of inspiring a love to learn! It's been a wonderful experience to accompany and support so many of you on your homeschool adventure. Our story is entwined with yours, as is our success.
To kick off the yearlong celebration, we'd like to invite you to join us for a free online event, Inspire 25: a Mom-to-Mom Homeschool Celebration, on Jan. 22, 8 p.m. EST. 


Sign up, win prizes and be encouraged! 
Inspire 25 is all about moms coming together for an encouraging evening. You can sit back, relax and take it all in. Or jump in and join the conversation with Sonlight co-founder Sarita Holzmann and our featured guests, noted authors/bloggers/speakers, Heidi St. John and Crystal Paine.  
Register free, enjoy the goodies 
When you register for this free event online, you automatically enter for a chance to win a $250 Sonlight gift certificate. You'll also have a chance to win over $1000 in prizes during the event, so don't miss it!  

Share the fun 
Share the news on your Facebook page or blog, tell your homeschool co-op, or gather for a dessert night with your buds to listen together, but don't miss Inspire 25 at 25.sonlight.com.



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January 6th, 2015


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Bond with your family over books, games and music you're all sure to love. Check out the Post-Christmas Sale!


Off-Road Encounters: The giving results are in

December 4th, 2014

Because of you, 329,000 Muslims will have the opportunity to meet Jesus! 
The results are in: Sonlighters around the world donated $30,708.22. Together with the matching gift, we raised $61,416.44 for the Off-Road Encounters project. Thanks be to God; through you, hearts, minds and souls will be impacted for all of eternity. 

 "He's giving it all ..." 

I thought you might appreciate a letter sent by one family who participated in Off-Road Encounters:  




 Pray for a plentiful harvest
Though the donation match has ended, you can support the ongoing mission to tell Muslims that Jesus loves them. Please continue to pray for those whom God will send with His message of love and forgiveness, as well as for those who will hear and receive the Good News. 



Sonlight Scholarship Deadline is Dec. 4

December 2nd, 2014
The deadline for Sonlight Scholarships is quickly approaching!
Sonlight has awarded $1,056,500 in scholarships to outstanding highschool graduates who are committed to follow Christ in all He has called them to do.
The application deadline for 2015 scholarships is Dec. 4. If you'd like to participate, please contact us right away to verify eligibility.
You may either send an email to scholarship@sonlight.com or call 303-730-6292 and ask for the scholarship coordinator.
If your student will begin college in Fall of 2015 and has used at least five Sonlight Cores, you have a a chance of winning one of 13 scholarships, including the top award of $20,000 over four years.
Apply now.



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