A scholarship is a discount on school fees usually awarded on merit. Most schools do not exceed the 10% to 15% discount range and even then, that percentage usually only applies to the tuition element of fees and not to boarding fees or extras. Indeed, in some schools like Harrow or Eton, a "scholar" is sometimes a child recognised as talented, but with little or no fee reduction – it’s just an honour to be called a scholar, with certain privileges and respect.
You may also see the term "exhibition" in connection with scholarships. What is the difference? Very little, but exhibitions tend to be for lower values for pupils who show promise, but whose scholarship test scores may not have been high enough.
There are a very few much larger scholarships up to 50%, sometimes named after an eminent school benefactor, such as these examples:
Then there is a slight blurring of lines in some schools, where – after having secured a scholarship, a family is allowed to apply for an additional bursary, maybe giving up to a further 50% discount.
Note – a scholarship is not necessarily for ever. Here is a typical set of terms and conditions to maintain a scholarship discount.
Whereas it’s difficult for an international parent to be eligible for a bursary, there is usually no difference between UK and International parents for scholarships.
"So, how do you win a scholarship?"
Nearly all schools set specific dates for scholarship tests and auditions. These are often set in the January preceding the September entry. However, top academic schools may set them in the preceding October or November. Beware – in order to apply for these scholarship dates, you may have to apply several months before those test dates.
Nearly all schools have a variety of scholarship categories which are typically listed on their website, for which your child will have to pass a test, an audition or produce a portfolio. For example:-
We do not publish lists of schools with scholarships, but we do have access to comprehensive lists of differing scholarships for the parents who wish to become bespoke clients for school search. Phone us on +44 (0)1622 813870.
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