Monday, December 01, 2008

VCU School of Engineering’s Virginia Homeschool Scholarship

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VCU School of Engineering’s Virginia Homeschool Scholarship

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers was delighted to receive a letter from the Dean of VCU's School of Engineering notifying us that they will once again offer two scholarships exclusively for homeschooled students in Virginia. We are pleased that the School has seen the value of homeschoolers attending their university, and are appreciative of their efforts in making this a fiscal possibility. Below is the letter sent by Dean Jamison with detailed information. In addition to this opportunity, the School of Engineering is also offering a Homeschool Open House in December (see below.)

The VCU School of Engineering has renewed the Virginia Homeschool Scholarship. This tuition assistance scholarship will be awarded to a student who comes from a homeschool environment and enrolls as a first time freshman in any department of the School of Engineering in the fall semester of 2009. The scholarship provides $2,500 to $3,500 per year depending upon the qualifications of the student. Renewal of the scholarship after the first year is conditional upon the student's continuing full time enrollment in the VCU School of Engineering and maintenance of a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The maximum term of the scholarship is eight semesters. In accordance with University policy, this scholarship will be reduced only by the value of need-based tuition assistance awarded to the student by the University. It can be combined with other merit-based scholarships including those offered by VCU.

Awardees will be selected by the School of Engineering based on the student's academic and personal qualifications and promise. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the student must apply for admission to VCU.

Dean Russel Jamison says,
"The School of Engineering at VCU offers a dynamic and challenging environment for the study of engineering in a diverse, urban setting. We strive to help our students realize their full potential in a personal, caring atmosphere. At VCU we provide "engineering education on a human scale" and will continue to do so as our enrollment grows."

"We want to be the first choice for homeschooled students who wish to continue their post-secondary education in engineering. We recognize the unique value of the homeschooling experience in preparing students for success in engineering."

VCU School of Engineering Homeschooler Open House

Saturday, December 6th, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

VCU Engineering West Hall
601 West Main Street
Richmond, VA

On December 6th -

• Explore our different engineering disciplines
• Visit some of the Biomedical Engineering labs and learn aobut tissue engineering and research in nanomedicine.
• Get a taste of the hands-on research going on in our Mechanical Engineering labs.
• Suit up and make your own seemiconductor wafer in our state-of the-art Clean Room facility. This activity is open to middle and high school students, with priority given to high schoolers. Space is limited to the first twenty students that reply to
• Experience one of our teaching labs and discover exactly what interwoven toy train tracks and dozens of sensors can teach our Computer Science students.
• Take a look at some of the research going on in our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle lab, and what it means to the future of air travel.
• Talk with faculty, staff, department chairs and current students who were homeschooled.
• Learn more about our scholarship program designed specifically for homeschooled students in Virginia.
• Discover all that VCU Engineering has to offer!

At VCU Engineering, we pride ourselves on providing an intimate, nurturing and stimulating environment for our students. The School of Engineering is a close-knit community where students build relationships with our world-class faculty members, provide support for each other through group projects and tutoring, and have the opportunity to experience discipline-specific hands-on learning in labs and classes their first semester, and to participate on research teams as undergraduates.

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