Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Thirteen year old Hunter is a homeschool student from California whose father wrote in to speak about this “amazing young man” of whom he is very proud. His parents decided on homeschool for him because they felt it was important to enjoy reading and building relationships with the people surrounding him. His parents take him on their travels around the world, and Hunter has been involved in sports, music and extracurricular field trips. He excels academically and made a perfect score on state testing in English/Language Arts. Hunter participates in youth ministry and mans the tech booth at church. His father says he is polite and respectful with small children and adults, and takes care of his grandma and papa. He has played the piano for eight years, at eleven he was the youngest member of his local barbershop chorus, and he works with a golf charity. To top it off, he loves history and the Rush Revere series!

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Tenth-grader Abigail from Texas has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her education. She sounds a lot like our friend First Lady Abigail Adams! She plans to pursue a career in nursing, athletic training or physical therapy. At her school, she is a student athletic trainer and this year won first place at a trainers competition for her traditional poster on dehydration. She also pursues extracurricular activities such as volleyball, swimming and music. She takes on leadership roles outside of school as well, including being elected “spiritual leader” of her house, which is a small group of classmates who meet together weekly to serve, pray and play together. Abigail has a “special way of giving of herself without expecting anything in return” and has earned the Presidential Service Award for the last four years through her participation in an American Heritage Girls Troop. Congratulations, Abigail!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Nine-year-old Dominic, whose Army family is stationed in England, loves learning about “America’s unique history while living abroad.” His fascination with “our brave land” began three years ago, when he first read the Rush Revere series. History became real to him when their family was stationed in England. Dominic’s father is not originally from the United States but joined the U.S. Army to protect its “beautiful values.” This wonderful young man wrote an essay about what the Star-Spangled Banner means to him and how the most difficult time of the battle was at twilight. He wonders what the British think about the battle now that he is in their country!

Music Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Madison of Indiana let us know that music has impacted her life in so many ways. She always wanted to play the violin, and during the summer of her fifth-grade year, her high school offered a summer orchestra program for students. This was her chance to finally learn the violin! She began to learn the basics but, because she was homeschooled, after a month she was no longer allowed to attend. Her parents found a private instructor and after just six months she began playing concerts! Madison says that music gives her confidence, challenges her to push herself beyond what she thinks she can do and brings her family together. Even now, she performs in front of audiences of 3,400 people! Madison has also been involved in theater productions, gymnastics competitions and children’s ministry. Additionally, she has achieved straight As every year in school. Excellent work, Madison!

Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Isaiah is thirteen years old and began playing tennis when he was ten. He wrote to us about being a student-athlete and the lessons sports have taught him that apply to his life. He learned that, like Cam in the Rush Revere series, he can be quick-tempered. His mom and dad told him what a “head game” was, and Isaiah started to learn to control his temper. He began to win more and more victories. This lesson went beyond tennis, such as in his work with robotics. During a school tournament, his robot broke several times! Isaiah wanted to quit, but with some encouragement he remembered to keep a good head game. He and his partner fixed the robot and made it past regionals! He also applied these lessons when working on group projects, and in keeping his all As streak alive for four years. Excellent job, Isaiah- keep up the excellent work!

Bilingual Benefit Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Pablo of Texas learned to speak two languages at the same time as a young person: Spanish and English. He is currently a high school senior and the oldest of two boys, and will be a first generation college student. He is preparing to study computer science and engineering. His mother often reminds Pablo of how she taught him to double count and recite two alphabets before kindergarten. In Spanish class, he assists his teacher in helping other students with their work, which boosted his confidence and self-esteem. Pablo volunteers through the Boy Scouts, National Honor Society and his church youth group. He enjoys building his social skills and connecting with people in his community. He hopes to travel, use his bilingual abilities to be stronger in the work market and even learn a third language!

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Ten-year-old Paige of Texas is a determined young lady who sat down and read all five Rush Revere books in under two months. She is a homeschooler like our friend Maddie from the series, and loves to time-travel with Liberty! Paige has been homeschooled since pre-school and is involved in a co-op of fifteen families. Along with thriving in academics, she is a strong athlete. She is a first degree black belt in Taekwondo, a stand-out soccer player and an All-Star swimmer. Her family says she has a compassionate heart and displays this every week by spending time with her adopted grandmother who recently turned 101 years old. They play games like bingo and play the piano. Paige never likes anyone to be left out. She likes to listen to Rush Limbaugh on the radio at lunch time and cannot wait for the next book!

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Twelve-year old Homeschooler Josiah is the oldest of eight children, including his brother in heaven. His family homeschool all of their children because they want them to be “godly, well-educated, and compassionate people who strive to do right no matter the cost.” Josiah works hard in his studies and is an incredible help to his family. He helps to care for his ten-year-old sister who is disabled, as well as his younger siblings. He absolutely loves books and history is his favorite genre, so the Rush Revere series is right up his alley! He hopes to become an aquanaut for scientific research in marine biology and oceanography, but also has an interest in videography and photography. He would love to combine his interests by documenting underwater discoveries.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Jeremiah of Pennsylvania is a wonderful homeschooler who was nominated by his mother for the homeschool scholarship. She has been chronically ill, and while her husband took her to every appointment, Jeremiah ran the homeschool “Family Academy” as her substitute. Talk about leadership! He helped organize their work and train them to know they could play only after they finished their work. One of his biggest challenges was when his mother was unable, due to her appointments, to teach his little sister math. This became frustrating to Jeremiah as his sister is a “brilliant, strong-willed” child. He worked with his mother to learn perseverance and patience and finally she learned math! The family all did so well, and Jeremiah scored 96% on the CAT in fifth grade. He scored highest on his religion final in sixth grade, and has just been placed into the AP math track. Jeremiah also loves Rush Limbaugh, history, politics and dreams of becoming a religious freedom lawyer.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Hannah’s parents wrote to nominate her for the Rush Revere Education Scholarship – and it is richly deserved. She is a senior in New Mexico who is a “self-motivated, natural leader” and expects more out of herself than she does of others. She has been competing as an athlete since age seven and balances her time to fulfill all of her obligations. Since age twelve, she has competed in volleyball and tennis, and was voted team captain by her volleyball team. She was named District Player of the Year her junior and senior year and even made first team All-State. Hannah is a “rock for her friends” and loves political figures, like President Reagan! Hannah is her Class President, the National Honor Society President and is graduating as her class Salutatorian. She holds down a part-time job, following the footsteps of her parents who are small business owners. Amazing job, Hannah!

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Ethan of Arkansas is a “young man who strives to be a leader while standing apart from the crowd.” He is the son of both a Marine and a police officer, and his parents are impressed with his “dedication, commitment and perseverance” – as are we! Ethan has maintained a 3.66 grade point average while balancing a busy schedule. He has received the top grade in Spanish class, and selects classes to challenge himself such as advanced placement and honors courses. His extracurricular activities include Beta Club, National Honors Society, Math Club, Marching Band, and Future Business Leaders of America. Ethan is also involved in his high school’s marching band and enjoys playing the tuba, with which he competed in all-region band. He also focuses on news media and current events rather than celebrities, and is able to easily discuss politics and issues of import to American citizens. We are very impressed!

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Matthias of Florida has overcome quite a bit in his life to get him where he is today. His teacher wrote to let us know that she feels he is very deserving of the Rush Revere scholarship – and we agree! He and his family have dealt with poverty and suffering, but have always maintained their faith in God. After receiving a scholarship towards a local school, he began to truly enjoy his educational experience. He has worked while attending classes and has made the most of every opportunity. Like the boys in the Rush Revere series, he sometimes had a temper when he was young and used boxing as an outlet for his frustrations. As he grew, he played baseball, football, basketball and ran track. Matthias made the Honor Roll, takes school work seriously, mentors others and helps children with special needs. He is also an active member of his church and participates in food drives and Christmas for the Homeless. Congratulations, Matthias!

Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Lindsey of Pennsylvania is an excellent student-athlete. She plays softball very well, but told us that she gets nervous at times. She was often scared of the pitcher, nervous about being the youngest on the team or concerned about making a mistake. However, she says that “teamwork, confidence, and respect” changed her outlook and made her a good softball player. She described each of these in turn, including teamwork to “build up your teammates so they are all fired up” and not become “one angry mob”! She said confidence helps you to hit the ball because positive thoughts keep you from being “mopey.” Finally she speaks about respect, including for the coach, who may tell you not to steal a base even when you want to do so. Lindsey also plays clarinet and is part of the elementary running club. She has read the Rush Revere books and is learning about American history in fifth grade social studies. She thinks Liberty is very funny. Congratulations, Lindsey!

Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Joshua of Pennsylvania let us know how sports have impacted his life. He began playing in kindergarten when he played t-ball for his elementary school. He continued playing baseball through elementary school and in third grade started running cross-country. The students in his class trained for a 5K to honor a teacher who had recently passed away. Joshua has always enjoyed mathematics and in sixth grade, his Pre-Algebra teachers selected him from eight students to enter a math competition with other schools. His team did very well! In seventh grade he had to choose between baseball and cross-country because he was so busy with school, church and time with family. He decided to focus on running. At the same time, he was given his first Rush Revere book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. He enjoyed learning about how the country got started, and read the second book in eighth grade. US History is now his favorite subject!

Student-Athlete Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Fourteen-year-old Hope of Illinois is an incredible student-athlete. When we spoke with her mother we found out that she has been recently selected to the United States Olympic Ski Jumping Development team. Well done, Hope! She has overcome extraordinarily difficult challenges due to her premature birth. But she says, “that’s okay, because God had a plan for me all along.” She joined a foster care family right from the hospital and was adopted by them. Hope’s family is made up of seven children, five of whom were adopted through foster care. She says, “Without my family, I wouldn’t be where I am today!” She overcame years of physical, occupational, vision and speech therapy in her childhood and look where she is now. Her younger sister Raya also ski jumps and both were featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune in 2017! She says they are basically the only African-American ski jumpers in the whole United States. Congratulations and keep striving for excellence in all you do, Hope!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Justin is eleven years old and lives with his Army family in Nebraska. He wrote an excellent essay about the Star-Spangled Banner stating that “even in the darkness of war, we can shine through.” He noted that he is so happy that the British retreated and we won the war, or we might not be free today. Justin clearly did a close reading of the original work by Francis Scott Key that became the Anthem, as he focused on the fourth stanza of the poem. He cited the original source he used to find it, including the line “then conquer we must, when our cause is just.” Many of us had never noticed that part of the poem before! When we spoke with his mother we learned about the importance he placed on strong research – well done!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Adam is thirteen years old, and part of an Army family from Nebraska. He took his mother’s advice and completed a formal research project on the Star-Spangled Banner including citations. He wrote that what happened at Fort McHenry could happen to military families at other bases, even today. He is sad to think of his friends and family in harm’s way, but knows that God is with them. Adam found it interesting that the other two verses of Francis Scott Key’s original poem are not taught in schools. He added the original words including “between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.” Adam wants students to learn about “In God we trust” and what this nation was built on and why. This is the real meaning of the Rush Revere series- well done, Adam!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Ashlyn of Florida wrote her essay on the Star-Spangled Banner focusing on “freedom, liberty, equality and justice.” She notes that people place their right hand on their heart during the song to demonstrate their patriotism. She was born on March third, the same day the song became our national anthem! Ashlyn sings the song and thinks of the words honor and integrity. In this photo, she is helping a charity lay wreaths on the graves of veterans. She remembers the sacrifices made to protect our freedoms. This is very special and we are very proud of you!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

When Dylan looks at the American flag, he first thinks about “all of those who rose in the battles to become famous.” But he also thinks about the people who have been forgotten in history. The ones who made it all possible by giving their lives to protect our freedoms, without fame. He wrote that it is really important for people to remember them, and we could not agree more. Dylan is the young man in the red shirt in this photo helping a group raise the Star-Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry. His family is in the Air Force and he is homeschooled. You are a very thoughtful young man and your work makes us proud!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Scott is part of a U.S. Army family in Kansas. He researched the Star-Spangled Banner with his mother and learned a lot! He focused on flag-maker Mary Pickersgill being hired by Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead to sew two flags for $405.90, which his father said would be over $5,800 today. He found it interesting that there were two flags, a small one for bad weather and the other longer than a school bus, raised on a 90 foot pole. He noted that the Star-Spangled Banner is a reminder of the sacrifices that people like his dad have made for freedom. Scott loves living near a U.S. Air Force base and is reminded of this every weekday at 1700 when he hears the bugle play the anthem. Oh, and he loves the Rush Revere series, and someday hopes to get to help his country. Scott is also funny- he said he would have written more but Liberty is hungry and needs a snack!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

These three siblings wrote such nice notes, the judges had difficulty in choosing between them! Cameron, Ryan and Arianna are part of an Air Force National Guard homeschool family from Montana. Cameron wrote that the anthem means “sacrifice and freedom” to him and we should not take these things for granted. Ryan wrote about the history of the moment with Francis Scott Key writing his poem from a boat in Baltimore Harbor watching Fort McHenry under siege. When Ryan thinks about the Star-Spangled Banner, he imagines “veterans fighting for our freedom.” When Arianna thinks about the anthem, she remembers the heroes and the person who wrote it during the War of 1812. She is thankful for people like her dad, who fight for our freedoms. Well done, guys!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Ava and her Air Force family are currently stationed in England. She let us know that whenever they hear the Star-Spangled Banner on base they stand and cross their hands over their hearts. Ava is a wonderful writer and described her thoughts and feelings when she hears the national anthem. She hears her great-grandfather fighting and surviving a bullet wound in Korea, and her grandmother telling him to use his cane. She hears her father treating injured troops in Germany after Vietnam, and serving in Afghanistan. She hears her uncle and great uncle and the joy when these veterans came home. Now Ava hears her fellow JROTC cadets as they “unfold the fabric of our country.” Ava- thank you for your beautiful words and thoughts!

Duty to Learn Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Nathan is part of a Navy family in South Carolina. As a young boy, he always wanted to be a Marine and has always been patriotic. His father served in the U.S. marines as a Navy Chaplain for most of Nathan’s childhood. When his father was deployed and Nathan heard the national anthem, he felt so proud because he knew his father was defending our country. The anthem connected him with his father. As Nathan wrote, “just as the moon rose where he was, the moon rose by me. I could say goodnight and he would hear me just like I heard him.” He and his JROTC unit memorized the anthem, and he knows that even when everything is falling apart you can “still be there standing tall like the flag was during the battle.” Extremely well said Nathan, thank you.

Music Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Ezra of Maryland wrote a wonderful essay on the meaning of music to him, including that the beauty of music is that it “touches the lives of so many in so many different ways.” His own musical journey truly began when he was in the fifth grade, although he had previously taken piano and drum lessons. Ezra’s passion for music began with two things: when he attended the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and when his father showed him a music video of Jethro Tull. He began to immerse himself in classic rock and traditional music, bringing him to learn the bagpipes. This led him to explore history as he found that, like the Rush Revere books, music serves as an “auditory time capsule.” Along with music, Ezra is included in the Honor Roll, was a finalist in “Solutions Showcase” (history project in Medieval blacksmithing) and the National Geographic Society Geography Bee.

Bilingual Benefit Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2017

Mark is bilingual in Russian and English; he can speak, write, read and think in both languages equally. He was born in Massachusetts and his parents worked to make sure he was fluent in both, including teaching both English and Russian grammar classes at home. He has benefitted from knowing both, as he has been able to read wonderful works of literature and understand everything at his Russian-speaking church. He is able to better socialize with people of different backgrounds and work as a translator. Mark thinks that “language is beautiful!” He plans to attend college to further his studies in both languages and hopes to become a missionary to the Russian-speaking world. He is grateful to his parents for helping him become fluent in both languages. He is now working on mastering Spanish. Well done, Mark!

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Brian is a six-year-old Cub Scout who loves maps and history. Although he’s in the first grade, he is studying at a fourth grade level! Brian is also learning Chinese and Latin in addition to his regular studies. He loved reading Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims and says his favorite character was William Bradford. Brian says he thinks America is great because Bradford led the Pilgrims to succeed. Brian wants to invent things to protect cops when he grows up to help serve his community.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Kathryn is a grateful, compassionate child who blesses the world with her laughter. She does excellent work and is quite humble about it. Before Kathryn was old enough to attend kindergarten, she won first place in the Nutley Library Summer Reading Program. She was then invited to William Paterson University to read to their preschool. Kathryn has competed in science fairs and geography fairs for five years and won first place last year. She volunteers in her church nursery and participates in civic duties like Residents on Call. 

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Erin is an amazing young lady, filled with the belief of being personally responsible and using her God-given talents to help those around her. She participated in a garden project with the rest of her family, raising over $600 for her local public school library. Erin also volunteers her time each summer to write and direct a play for children at a non-profit private school. She has a passionate love for her country, knowing that the idea and desire to be exceptional is unique to the United States and should not be squandered. Erin isn’t afraid to set her bar high and to drive herself to great expectations.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Isaiah is an extremely motivated young man who has worked hard to excel in his studies. He is currently working on some high-school classes with the hopes of pursuing a dual-enrollment opportunity at a local college. His motivation stems from an immense desire to join the Air Force Academy. He has joined his local Civil Air Patrol Squadron and has achieved the rank of Cadet Master Sergeant. Isaiah has worked hard to form his leadership skills and recently served as a Flight Sergeant at an Aerospace Education Weekend where he helped prepare a group of fellow Cadets.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Allanah is a compassionate and hard-working young woman who’s looking to further her education so she can better help those in need at home and around the world. Even from a young age, Allanah gave up her precious recess time to serve special needs classmates at her elementary school. She was voted student body president in fifth grade and was asked to be president of the school’s special needs partnership program. Today, Allanah continues to role model caring leadership as she serves special needs families in our community and is an active leader in her youth group.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Brianna has been an excellent student and caregiver from the time she was very young. She helps out at her church with vacation bible school as a leader and skit performer. Brianna is a Sunday school teacher for preschoolers and babysits for young families so they can have small group studies once a week. Brianna has overcome many challenges in her life and is now looking to pursue a career as a doctor where she will bring a genuine sense of compassion and understanding to the future patients she touches.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Jared has always been a wonderful student. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was awarded the President’s Academic Achievement Award in fifth and eighth grades. Jared plans to study Aerospace Engineering and wants to work on deep space vehicles. He hopes to develop propulsion engines capable of taking men deep into space. Jared is also highly active in Trail Life USA where he mentors younger boys and leads by example. He has earned many accolades, including the Freedom Award and the Eagle Award. Jared understands true American values and the drive to succeed.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Fall 2016

Stafford is a unique and incredible young man. He has played the piano since he was in third grade and now plays piano in his church youth group every Wednesday night. Stafford maintains a high GPA while juggling a part time job and a bunch of extracurricular activities. He understands the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Stafford has pressed on no matter how difficult a task may be or how challenging life can become. He is a brilliant and exceptional young American who plans to study Agriculture when he finishes high school. 

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Evan is a twelve-year-old far beyond his years! He has a sincere desire to learn, a passion for history, and already holds an impressive degree of knowledge for his age. Evan was invited to take the ACT/SAT along with high school students, as he was in the top 5% of his class. Based on his high ACT score, he earned state recognition! Evan is also actively engaged in community activities such as volunteering in elderly homes, children’s homes, and helping physically disabled individuals through his church youth group.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Maci is the eldest child of five and helps her mother run the household! While learning about American History in her homeschool co-op, she completed reading three of the four Rush Revere books! Her favorite adventure so far is Rush Revere and The First Patriots. Maci is a motivated self-starter and has started her own business at age nine! She makes organic and healthy personal care products, including workshops and parties. She also interns at a hair salon when she has extra time. Maci would like to graduate at age sixteen and go to beauty school to start working and put herself through college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Samantha is unique because of her will and positive attitude. Her favorite subjects are politics and social studies, but she really loves American history. She wants to major in archaeology and minor in paleontology. Samantha is in fifth grade and is breezing through her classes. She is a sponge for knowledge and wants to learn about anything she can get her hands on. Samantha has overcome many challenges at a very young age and is still doing an outstanding job in school. She is a great example of perseverance and determination, keep up the great work Samantha!

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Alexandria is an outstanding first grader! She is a very motivated child, and gets up on her own and starts her lessons without being told to do so. One of her favorite pastimes is reading. She loves reading the American Girl novels, and Liberty’s Kids is her favorite cartoon. She already requested a Rush Revere book for her birthday. Alexandria is a very patriotic young girl and salutes every US flag she sees.  She gets very upset when she witnesses a breach of flag etiquette. She is always quick to lend a helping hand to her family despite being just six years old. Alexandria is just beginning her academic experience and is already excelling far beyond her years!

Education Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Jack is a wonderful young man who is intensely creative and loves to give back to his community. He has a gift for math and science, and he uses it to help others. Jack designed an environmentally friendly fishing pole with his friends that reduces broken fishing line from getting lost in the water and harming animals. He received a national science award for his design! Jack also volunteered his time to help a team of engineers with a children’s hospital waiting room design. He worked with them to create a practical experience for kids to reduce stress and engage their imaginations. In his free time, Jack loves to cook and makes bag lunches for underprivileged kids in the summer. What an incredible young patriot! 

Education Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Alissa has a deep love for people in need and always strives to lend a helping hand. She is a hard worker who emphasizes volunteerism and wants to help special needs children.  Alissa regularly volunteers as a leader of her church youth group, participates in community and statewide missions, packs meals for children in other countries, and works with a local charity to provide more than seventy families with food and gifts for Christmas. She has volunteered over 250 hours with the Texas Children’s Choir performing for veterans and her local community.  Alissa has a genuine care for people, community, and country.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Ashley is an outgoing, talkative, friendly eighth grader who loves her friends and family. She volunteers in her community on a regular basis. Ashley loves to work with children in Sunday School at her church. Each week she assists Kindergarteners in learning and reciting verses, crafts, sports square and even teaching lessons to the whole group! Ashley is a member of the Children of the American Revolution. In addition to being rewarded for Honor Roll last school year, she was chosen by her English teacher to serve as a Teacher’s Assistant for Special Needs children for the upcoming school year. Ashley is dedicated to helping others and has a desire to keep learning every day!

Education Scholarship Recipient – Summer 2016

Carol has excelled as a student since the third grade where she was already reading at a seventh-grade level! She joined JROTC in ninth grade and quickly moved up the ranks, winning several accolades. Carol also loves to serve her community. Through her participation in her church, JROTC, and high school, Carol has served over 300 community service hours as of Spring 2016! She continues to excel academically with a 4.025 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society, school robotics team, Odyssey of the Mind, and more. Carol has a passion for learning, great work ethic and will to succeed. 

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Katie is a wonderful young lady. She is intelligent, inquisitive, caring, and ready for a challenge. Katie began homeschooling in seventh grade and developed an appetite for information, learning new abilities, and sharing what she knows with others through writing and speaking. Every year, she has raised a steer and a pig to show at the local fair and sell at their market sale. She has raised her own money to pay for the animals and all their associated expenses. She loves sharing what she has learned about animals with others, and she has led several clinics. Katie is an outstanding student who continues to be active in her community.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Lila is an intelligent young lady with a wild imagination and strong sense of community. She memorized the presidents, in order, and the state capitols when she was only 28 months old! Lila taught herself to play a song on the toy piano by ear at 24 months, and she began reading sentences by age three. She collected donations in lieu of birthday gifts for: The Humane League, Salvation Army, a local K-9 officer, and numerous other organizations. Her sense of perseverance is one of the key principles she learned in taekwondo class (where she is on her way to becoming a junior black belt). Lila loves to learn, has a huge heart, a caring spirit, and exceptional academic abilities.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Zachary works hard to help his family when they are in need. After his mother underwent three back surgeries, Zachary stepped in to help with his younger brothers and chores around the house. He works very hard and independently in school and makes all A’s. He also excels in his U.S. Constitution class in his homeschool co-op. He is a member of The Civil Air Patrol and has passed his first two leadership tests. He’s now working to become a squadron leader. His dream is to earn his associates degree while in high school, receive a bachelor’s degree, and then enlist in the Navy as an officer. Once in the Navy, Zachary plans to pursue an aviation career with the ultimate goal of working for NASA.

Homeschool Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Connor is a young aspiring programmer who loves to code whenever he gets the chance. He is active in his church’s middle school youth group and makes friends wherever he goes. Connor also loves serving the community. Over the past year, he has helped his homeschool group make nearly 100 lunches and hygiene packs to bring to some of Atlanta’s homeless people on the streets. He also soars in school and was able to skip fourth grade last year. Not only that, but he loves sports. He’s training for his first half marathon at only eleven years old. Connor is an incredible young man with a passion for learning and helping his community.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Annie is a student at Roca Solida in Honduras, a school opened by missionaries when she was in the ninth grade. Though she is a very intelligent young lady, her late start in school put her behind in many subjects. Annie did not let that stop her however. She has overcome many obstacles and utilized every opportunity to help others. She dreams of becoming a teacher and has helped her younger classmates read Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (and Rush Revere y los Peregrinos Valientes). We are proud of Annie who has remained focused on her goals to succeed in school and in life.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Marshall is truly a Renaissance man. He has excelled as both a student and an athlete while also studying music. He dreams of one day becoming a veterinarian. He has received straight A’s throughout his schooling, with only one B, in AP Chemistry. His PSAT score put him in the 99th percentile! While working hard as a student, Marshall also studies Karate. Not only does he take classes four days a week, but he teaches a class at his dojo. He is an inspiration to his young students and is respected by his Sensei and other teachers, including a Marine Colonel who once gave Marshall a standing ovation after a test session. Last November he earned the rank of black belt (pictured)! Marshall is a hard-working young man that strives for excellence in everything he does.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Russell, the son of a Gulf War veteran, has not always succeeded in the classroom. When he was younger, his photographic memory helped him in school, yet he began to struggle in the third grade. He was simply learning more than he could take in and memorize. But Russell did not let this hold him back; he was determined to do better. When authors Rush and Kathryn Limbaugh released Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he got his hands on a copy and read it cover-to-cover. Three years later, he was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society as one of only three boys in his grade. We are glad that the book series played a part in motivating Russell to be diligent in school. His teachers now view him as a student who contributes to class discussion and surpasses expectations.

Education Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016

Peter has a 3.2 GPA and his favorite subject is history. He especially enjoys learning about the Civil War era and reading the Adventures of Rush Revere Series. His hobbies include horseback riding, target practice, playing the guitar, and reading. He also loves learning to make new things by watching do-it-yourself videos online. He always helps with his family’s farm and with any other chores asked of him. When his grandmother was unwell, Peter was instrumental in making sure she took her medications, ate, drank, and remained generally happy. Peter is a very compassionate, hard-working, young man with a bright future ahead of him.