Announcing the 2015 HARO Alumni Scholarship for Women In STEM Fields

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Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) is thrilled to announce our very first scholarship opportunity! Two generous members of our community have pledged the funding for a homeschool alumni scholarship for women pursuing a STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in post-secondary education.


• One-time, $500 scholarship to be dispensed on March 31, 2015.


• At least 18 years old.

• Homeschooled for 4 or more years (including at least 2 years in high school) in a conservative Christian environment,

• Identifies as female.

• Enrolled for the Spring 2015 term in a post-secondary institution in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, math). Enrollment can be in a university, community college, or technical program.

Legal declarations:

• The scholarship will be awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

• The scholarship will not be awarded to an officer, manager or trustee of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out, nor to a member of the scholarship selection committee, nor to a substantial contributor, nor to ineligible US government officials. Family members of the aforementioned individuals are also not eligible to receive the scholarship.

• The members of the scholarship selection committee will be selected by the HARO board but will operate and make their decision independently from the board. The scholarship donors will also be on the selection committee as voting, but not controlling, members.

Entry Application:

• Download and fill out the 2015 Scholarship Application.

• Procure proof of Spring 2015 term enrollment with a STEM area of study (proof can be an official schedule of classes or statement from registrar).

• Complete 3 mini-essays (1,200 words maximum for all 3 essays together) with your answers to the following questions:

i. Where did your interest in your discipline/field originate?

ii. How did your conservative Christian homeschooling impact your study of science, technology, and/or engineering?

iii. Describe your experience being a female in your field, including when you first showed interest until your current studies.

Submit (1) your Scholarship Application,  (2) proof of Spring 2015 term enrollment with a STEM area of study, and (3) your 3 mini-essays to HARO at homeschoolersanonymous@gmail.comIf you are unable to submit application materials via email, please contact us at the aforementioned email address to make other submission arrangements.

Deadline for submission of all materials is February 17, 2015.


About the Scholarship Selection Committee


The selection committee for the 2015 HARO Alumni Scholarship for Women in STEM Fields will consist of 5 individuals who are independent of the HARO board and officers. In addition to the 2 individuals who donated the scholarship funds (who wish to remain anonymous), we are honored to have the following 3 homeschool alumni serving on the committee:

emilyEmily Walton

Emily Walton is director of the Idaho Civic Engagement Project.

She graduated from Boise State University in 2012, and in 2014 she was elected to serve as trustee at the College of Western Idaho. She serves on the executive committee of Go Lead Idaho; she is chair of the Boise State Public Radio community advisory board; she is also a board member on the Boise Central Bench Neighborhood Association.

In 2014 the Boise Young Professionals awarded her their Young Professional of the Year award, and in 2013, the Idaho Business Review honored her in their annual Women of the Year awards.


janellebriggsDr. Janelle Briggs

Dr. Janelle Briggs has a PhD in Speech Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her doctoral research involved the intersection of feminism, sporting culture, political theory, and ontology. She currently works as an Academic Counselor and Tutoring Coordinator in the Office of Athletic Academics at the University of Louisiana, Monroe.

Dr. Briggs has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Communication at both Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the University of Louisiana, Monroe (where she was also a Course Instructor in Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking).

She has her M.A. in Communication Studies and her B.B.A. in Business Marketing from the University of Louisiana, Monroe. She is the proud caretaker of a 4.5 yr old doxie-beagle named Dewey. Dr. Briggs loves sweatpants, couches, and books, and is currently reading “Adulting” by Kelly Williams Brown and “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt.


lanamartinLana Martin

Lana Martin grew up in Texas, where she was homeschooled 5th through 12th grade.

She is currently a doctoral candidate at UCLA and writing a dissertation on the archaeology of ancient farming, foraging, and hunting practices in Caribbean Panama. She has an M.A. in Anthropology from UCLA, for which her master’s thesis was Reconstructing Paleoenvironmental Instability and Plant Resource Availability on Santa Cruz Island using Macrobotanical Analysis. Lana’s field experience includes archaeological excavation, survey, and mapping in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Panamá.

When she isn’t teaching or writing, Lana enjoys cruising the streets of Los Angeles by bike and cooking dishes with maximum garlic content.



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Author: Nicholas Ducote

Nicholas Ducote is the Community Director of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out.