Listen to this fascinating interview with the founder of the non-profit, Canary Academy Online.

At only 17 years old, homeschooled student, Nasiyah Isra-Ul applied for a $10,000 scholarship to start her own business.

Now, Nasiyah Isra-Ul is truly a shining example of a homeschooled graduate who is making a positive impact in the world.

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Listen to this podcast interview with the founder of Canary Academy Online, Nasiyah Isra-Ul. At the time of this interview, Nasiyah was only 19 years old.

Nasiyah’s Story

Nasiyah has been homeschooled since birth. During her high school years, her mom began working for a family friendly company. Nasiyah and her younger brother would go to work with their mother and do their school work in an office space the company let them use.

Since her mom was working, Nasiyah stepped up to help her younger brother with his school work. She began noticing that the curriculum he was using wasn’t effective for him. She talked to her mom to see if she could find better solutions for her brother.

As someone who wanted to pursue a career in education, Nasiyah jumped at this opportunity to help. In essence, Nasiyah began creating educational videos that were tailor-made for her younger brother. This was a success! Before long, she was also helping other homeschool families in her community.

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Applying for an Entrepreneurial Scholarship

As a dual credit homeschooled high school student, Nasiyah applied for the Be-More Grant through the National Society of High School Scholars. As one of many high school and adult competitors from around the world, Nasiyah won the competition.

By winning the competition, Nasiyah has not only won $10,000 to help her start the non-profit organization, Canary Academy Online, but she has also received mentorship through the program.

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National Society of High School Scholars

The National Society of High School Scholars is an honor society that promotes academic excellence amongst youth. Since Nasiyah Isra-Ul was a member of NSHSS, she was eligible to apply for the Be-More scholarship.

As one of the few honor societies that accept homeschooled students, they are nurturing the next generation of change-makers. NSHSS empowers high school teens from all educational backgrounds with opportunities that are only available to their members.

With a membership to the National Society of High School Scholars, teens receive lifetime access to mentoring, networking opportunities, exclusive scholarship opportunities, and more!

In case you’re wondering, a membership with NSHSS goes beyond high school. Your membership provides opportunities to stay involved for the remainder of your professional career. From business competitions to countless leadership and volunteering opportunities, NSHSS truly helps students Be More!

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What Is Dual Credit?

Nasiyah was a dual credit student through Liberty University Online Academy. You might be wondering what the term dual credit means.

When a student is taking dual credit classes, they are earning credits toward both their high school diploma and college diploma at the same time.

For example, when a student enrolls properly, they could take biology through an accredited college and earn credits toward both their high school diploma and college degree with one class.

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Dual Credit & College Options

Nasiyah Isra-Ul shares her experiences as a dual-credit homeschooled high schooler and as a college student through Liberty University Online Academy

“I started at LUOA when I was in my senior year of high school. They offer full-time accredited curriculum and live teachers.

Since I was still being homeschooled by my parents, we chose LUOA’s dual enrollment program so I could flexibly prepare for college while also working on my business and managing my high school workload.

It was easy and straightforward to get started, and I felt very supported throughout my time at Liberty University Online Academy.

I enrolled in a program that helped me earn an undergraduate certificate, and earned 18 college credit hours by the end of the program. By the time I graduated from high school in 2020, I had nearly finished my freshman year in college.

It was completely virtual, and I connected with college students and high schoolers from around the world.

Attending Liberty University Online Academy definitely helped me prepare for college. When I enrolled full-time in 2020, I felt totally prepared and fully adjusted for college academics.”

Nasiyah Isra-Ul, Liberty University Online Academy student.

Styles of Homeschooling

According to Nasiyah, her parents didn’t follow one style of homeschooling, they simply did what they thought was best. However, during Nasiyah’s high school years, she most certainly integrated a project-based learning approach. While this may not have been the intention, her project turned non-profit certainly checks all the boxes for this effective style of learning.

At HomeSchool ThinkTank, we encourage families to Live & Learn Your WayTM.

You can learn about more styles of homeschooling here.

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Canary Academy Online

Canary Academy Online is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering homeschool families. They strive to make homeschooling more equitable, affordable, and accessible to all. CAO believes that with the right tools, home education can be personalized, easy, and affordable for every family.

Canary Academy Online helps parents avoid headaches and pitfalls through guidance and mentoring. They also provide access to programs and opportunities that might not be available locally. You can learn more about their Curriculum Mapper Consultation Service.

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