CHAP Scholarship Contest in conjunction with the new CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship

Announcing the New “CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship” Just For Homeschool Seniors

Finding ways to fund higher education is challenging to say the least. Scholarship possibilities abound, but the competition is fierce, so the Christian Homeschooling Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) is pleased to announce a new scholarship just for homeschoolers. Seniors, if God is calling you to pursue further education, you’ll want to read on.

The “CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship” has been started by the Genasevich family in honor of wife, mother, evaluator, minister to families, and champion of homeschooling. You may have known Leigh from hearing her speak at the CHAP Convention, from using her as your evaluator, or from reading the “Side by Side in Pennsylvania” article in the Fall 2012 edition of the CHAP Magazine. Perhaps you did not know Leigh, so I’d like to give you an opportunity to read her beautiful testimony (as told by her husband Gary and friend Michele Hebal), reflecting the amazing grace of God.

Because their parents were friends, Leigh and Gary were playmates at four to five years of age. In eighth grade they became reacquainted, and soon after that became high school sweethearts. After college they became soul mates.

Gary revealed that as newlyweds they were not saved, but God spoke to their hearts about homeschooling. “He spoke directly to our hearts. ‘You only have to homeschool for one year,’ He told us. We heard that same voice every year since then.” In hindsight Gary sees how this was all part of God’s plan of drawing them to Himself.

Gary shared, “Leigh’s coming to know Jesus came directly from homeschooling. Leigh would tell the story that she loved to listen to other moms pray in the homeschool group, and she wanted what they had.”

This group, Hazelton Area Homeschoolers, was where Leigh and Michele Hebal met. “She and I joined the Hazleton Area Homeschoolers group within a year of each other, both new to homeschooling and both eager to learn all we could about our new venture,” explained Michele. “When Leigh joined our group, she was not a believer. She had the plan to homeschool her children, and the Lord used that plan to bring her and her family to Him.”

“It didn’t take long for us to become friends,” Michele remembered. “If you met her, you would have immediately been taken in by her warm personality and infectious laughter! We clicked, and it wasn’t too long after that when she began asking questions about ‘being a Christian’ and ‘having a relationship with the Lord.’ He stirred her and used the godly women in our group to witness to her. Leigh committed her life to the Lord!”

Both Gary and Michele described Leigh as a willing vessel, using her God-given talents to serve God and His people. “Leigh planned and led support group meetings, wrote and taught co-op classes, spoke to other homeschool groups, and did every imaginable ‘leader’ job behind the scenes.”  Leigh not only evaluated other students, but also prayed with families, encouraged their perseverance, and cheered them on to success. She even wrote a favorable homeschool policy that the local school adopted.

Her main priority in all this academic work, according to Gary and Michele, was not temporal reward but eternal gain. “Homeschooling was simply the vehicle that the Lord gave her to reach people for Him. She would try to take a new mom each year to the CHAP Convention. I remember how excited she would get when the new mom, often unsaved, would start asking her questions as they walked through the exhibits or attended seminars. We would then pray for the Spirit to quicken the right words to her mouth so she could say what they needed to hear,” explained Michele.

“The most important thing Leigh did was to witness to others, always expressing her joy in her salvation, always urging others to a deeper relationship with Him. Even through her illness she was a testimony to hundreds of people, both in the words she spoke and in the unspoken faith you could see in her. Her life was a testimony to God’s grace, love, goodness, and faithfulness,” shared Michele. Last year on April 30, three days after their twenty-second anniversary, Leigh went home to be with her loving Savior.

Wanting to honor Leigh’s memory and extend her passion for helping homeschoolers, Gary decided to create “The CHAP Leigh A. Genasevich Memorial Scholarship.” “I knew that I was going to have a scholarship in Leigh’s name last summer,” revealed Gary. “Giving a scholarship to a homeschool student is fitting. Leigh constantly gave of herself to the homeschool community. Giving help to go on to the next level of education would be great. Homeschooling was her passion, mission, and ministry in life.” Gary also expressed that Leigh would not want the limelight on herself, but that she would want the glory to go to God for this scholarship opportunity.

Please pray for Gary, their three sons – Jarod, Wade, and Nolan – as well as other family members and friends. The greatest legacy that Leigh has left is no doubt her children. I’m told she always taught Jarod, Wade, and Nolan that “Your actions speak louder than your words.” She taught and lived I John 3:18: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” Leigh’s legacy of love will continue on through her own sons, her “homeschool children” she evaluated, her spiritual children, and the children who will benefit from her scholarship.

Let’s also heed Leigh’s wise advice: “Remember, you are teaching a child, not a curriculum.”  When asked, “What advice would you give to someone who has just begun homeschooling?” Leigh answered: “In a word, relax. You will never teach your child all there is to know. God will lead you to teach them what He needs them to learn for His glory. Cherish every moment, because even though the days may seem to drag, the years fly.”

 The above article was compiled by Stephaney Mitchell, who was blessed to have heard, read, and written about God’s grace in Leigh’s life. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, visit http://www.chaponline.com/scholarship-contest/