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HSLDA Contests

Offered by Home School Legal Defense Association

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 9, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School Students

Application deadline:


Scholarship Overview

The HSLDA Contests are funded by the Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization dedicated to protecting parents’ rights to homeschooling and providing homeschooling families with the necessary resources. Each year, the Home School Legal Defense Association Contests award scholarships of varying amounts to multiple homeschooled students aged 7-19 (2nd graders through high school seniors) who create and submit original pieces of artwork, videos, or writing. The contests are split into six types: Poetry, Video, Photo, Short Story, Art, and Essay. Each year, the Poetry and Video Contests run from February 1 – April 1, the Photo and Short Story Contests run from June 1 – August 1, and the Art and Essay Contests run from October 1 – December 1.

If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details!

Eligibility information

Applicants must be homeschooled students aged 7-19 who have an interest in photography, poetry, writing, creative writing, or videography. They should also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Students

Academic Interest

Visual & Performing Arts, Film/Video Production, Photography/Photojournalism

Other Category



Applicants with an interest in Creative Writing are also eligible

Application information

In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an artistic or written piece of their own creation. Such pieces may include a poem, short story, video, or photo. However, as the type of piece that must be submitted changes each quarter, we would recommend checking that on the HSLDA website before applying.

Essay may be required, depending on contest type

Video may be required, depending on contest type

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Home School Legal Defense Association at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the HSLDA Contests is not renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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