A college-bound homeschooler from McKinney has been awarded a North Texas Home Educators’ Network (NTHEN) 2012 Scholarship.

Joshua Mott of McKinney, son of Sterling and Cindy Mott, will attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where he will pursue a degree in computer science.

He received his $500 scholarship during a recent ceremony at the National Headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas. Representatives of both NTHEN and Learning for Life participated in the ceremony, followed by a tour of the Boy Scouts of America Museum and lunch.

Joshua Mott has been homeschooled since kindergarten and has a long list of academic accomplishments, including a 4.0 GPA.

He was also a member of the McKinney Area Christian Home School Honor Society and scored at the 91st percentile on the ACT test.

Throughout his high school years, he was actively involved in community service projects, putting in more than 570 hours of service to organizations such as Heritage Farmstead Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Congressional Youth Advisory Council, Generation Joshua, and various community projects through his church, Grace Bible Fellowship Church.

As an Eagle Scout, Joshua served in a number of leadership positions, including Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Quartermaster. He was selected to participate in Sam Johnson’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council for two consecutive years and was a member of the Museum Apprenticeship Program for the Heritage Farmstead Museum.

“Joshua’s educational accomplishments and community service activities are reflective of so many homeschool students,” said Stephen Lunsford, president of NTHEN.

Lunsford said Joshua was chosen for the scholarship based on his "academic record, personal accomplishments, leadership capabilities, character, and willingness to serve others.”

The NTHEN Scholarship fund was established in conjunction with NTHEN's corporate partner, Learning for Life®.

NTHEN is the largest regional homeschool organization in Texas serving individual homeschooling families and local support group organizations in more than 75 counties and from more than 225 support groups throughout North, Northeast and north Central Texas.

NTHEN provides consultations and leadership training for homeschool parents and support group leaders. It also hosts conferences, special events, seminars and retreats. Learn more at www.nthen.org.