HOMESCHOOLERS, ASU ADMISSIONS AND THE AIMS SCHOLARSHIP–Part 1
Background: In 1999, a bill passed the Arizona state legislature and was signed into law to give homeschooled students the opportunity to have access to the Regents’ Scholarship at the state universities, effective fall of 2000. The law was called Bethany’s Law, in honor of a homeschooled student Bethany Lewis who wrote the bill in her Youth and Government program. The legislation become ARS. 15-1646.
The Regents’ Scholarship is a merit-based full-tuition waiver at the state universities that had been available only to public and private high school students who were in the top 2% of their graduating classes. (This number was changed at some point to the top 5%). Homeschoolers were of course previously not eligible since they have no class rank. Bethany’s Law made the provision for homeschoolers to qualify for the scholarship based on SAT or ACT test scores in the 90th percentile.
Here is the current wording of the statute.
ARS. 15-1646. Board of regents and university scholarships ABOR policy 4-317
The state public universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents shall establish policies which assure fair and equitable access by Arizona students from public, private, charter and home schools to scholarships, including tuition waivers, which are issued solely on the basis of academic merit and for which the universities establish and administer fair and equitable selection criteria. The universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents shall report annually to the board information including the number of such scholarships issued on the basis of academic merit to students from public, private, charter and home schools.
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