Smoky Mountain Home Education Association awards a $750.00 scholarship annually to a graduating homeschool senior. This scholarship was established in 2006 to honor Richard and Nancy Brown for their years of outstanding service to home educating families in the eighteen counties served by SMHEA.



Richard and Nancy Brown

Richard and Nancy Brown were members on the SMHEA Board of Directors for ten years until Nancy’s health related issues forced their retirement in 2005. They also served as the SMHEA Graduation Coordinators and as the Church-Related School Liaison during their tenure on the board. Dick and Nancy also pioneered the development of the home school registration program at Berean Christian School. Nancy served as the administrator of the program and mentored other umbrella program administrators in the area. This scholarship is established to honor their sacrificial contribution to home educating families in the SMHEA area and to perpetuate recognition of their commitment to the long-term success of Christian home education, SMHEA, and area home educating families.

Eligibility Requirements

Each applicant must apply during the school year in which he or she intends to graduate from high school, and they must plan to pursue college, vocation-technical, or apprenticeship experiences within two years of graduation. The applicant must be a Christian and have been home educated for at least three years of high school with the senior year counting as one of those years. He/she must have been registered with a local education agency or a church-related school according to Tennessee state law and must also have been a member of the Smoky Mountain Home Education Association (SMHEA) during all of his/her high school years. An exception may be made for an applicant who completed accelerated high school studies. The scholarship committee reserves the right to consider eligibility of such applicants on a case by case basis.

The scholarship winner will be recognized as one of the SMHEA Outstanding Students at THEA Rally Day and must attend the ceremony to receive the scholarship award. In addition, the scholarship winner must attend the SMHEA graduation ceremony in May to be recognized to receive the award. Participation as a graduate in the ceremony is not required.

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Selection Committee Process

The Brown scholarship is intended to reward Christian character, servant leadership, and academic achievement. Applicants will be evaluated by the information they provide in the application, essay, and letters of reference. An impartial committee composed of members approved by the SMHEA Board of Directors will review each application and essay. In some cases, an interview may also be requested. After praying for each applicant and seeking God’s wisdom, the committee will determine who will receive the award.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted beginning September 15 of each year and may be submitted online at here.

Additionally, the application form may be obtained by mailing a request to:
P.O. Box 18501
Knoxville, TN 37928

Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope when making an application request by mail.

Required Application Materials:

The required materials include the following:

See the application form for specific instructions on these and any other required materials.


Completed applications must be received no later than Saturday, January 31st.

Application materials may be submitted in the following ways:

Incomplete or late submissions will not receive consideration.

Remittance of Award

Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the college, educational institution, or to the individual providing apprenticeship training. The time limit for usage of the scholarship is two years after the recipient’s graduation date. The scholarship recipient will forward to the SMHEA board verification of matriculation and remittance information for the funds to be paid directly to the college, vocational/technical institution, or apprenticeship program. If the funds are not applied to a college, vocational/technical institution, or apprenticeship program within those two years, the monetary award will be forfeited and returned to the scholarship fund.

The Brown Scholarship Award recipient will be recognized as one of the SMHEA Outstanding Students at the annual THEA Rally Day and must attend the ceremony to receive the award. The award recipient may request a travel stipend after attending the ceremony to offset expenses associated with attending. The travel stipend is limited to $50.00 and will be mailed to the recipient upon request.

Scholarship Funding:

This scholarship is to be funded by the donations of home educators, alumni, and friends of home education. The intent is to eventually endow the scholarship so that it will fund itself. Tax deductible donations of any amount may be made payable to the SMHEA Scholarship Fund and mailed to the address above.

Past recipients

We are pleased to recognize our previous scholarship winners:

2018’s Brown Scholarship Winner and THEA Outstanding Student

Contact Details

Smoky Mountain Home Education Association
P.O. Box 18501
Knoxville, TN 37928



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