A scholarship is a means of financial assistance provided by another body or institution so that your child can pursue a line of education that may not be available to them under normal circumstances.
At the present time in the United Kingdom more than a fifth of all pupils at independent schools get some form of financial assistance with fees. Scholarships are generally awarded to pupils for academic, musical or artistic merit and normally do not take financial need into account.
A scholarship can be awarded to any pupil based entirely on their performance within a particular subject or field of education and irrespective of background, class or financial stability.
How Scholarships Are Awarded
Scholarships are awarded normally, as we have already touched on, to those pupils who show exceptional talent and/or intelligence in a particular area. This may be music or the arts or literature or indeed sport and, as such, there needs to be a financial input to enable these pupils to pursue further qualifications in these fields at private independent school level.
In order to do this, private independent schools will hold examinations based upon a shortlist of pupils gleaned from the mainstream school system and as a result a shorter list of prospective and talented pupils may be drawn up.
A further examination and interview may be held to further quantify the pupil’s interest and indeed willingness to pursue the obtaining of a scholarship.
If the scholarship is awarded it amounts to a maximum of 50% of the school fees that may be required during the course of a pupil’s education at private independent school. This will take into account board and lodgings should the school be outside the catchment area to such a degree that the pupil might need to reside there during term time.
There will also be such things as uniforms, textbooks, any sporting equipment, musical instruments or indeed any other item that falls outside the normal remit of an educational standard.
However, as a scholarship amounts to only 50% of the fees at a private independent school it may be necessary to seek a bursary if the pupil’s parents are not in a position financially to cover the shortfall between the amount granted in a scholarship and the overall amount of the fees incurred.
A bursary is an amount of money granted to make up the shortfall and is only granted after a series of means tests are carried out to ensure that a pupil’s parents are not in a position to make up the difference.
Although your child may be of a high intellect and of a high educational standard there is still no guarantee that a scholarship or bursary will be awarded. These are means tested and also granted on a limited number of places per year.
It is worthwhile mentioning that having looked at a varied number of private independent schools there is a generally accepted criterion across the board.
In saying this priority is given to the pupils of parents who are members of the clergy, members of the Armed Forces (both serving and non serving), teachers, and also to the children of former school pupils who have applied for scholarships at their chosen school.
That said do not let it put you off attempting to help your child gain a scholarship they have as much chance as anyone given the right exam results and the right advice.
As always with trying to place your child in any school it is important to understand the criteria laid down and also given the chance, inspect the school and speak with teachers and pupils alike for a more balanced view of how things operate.
As with all schools private or otherwise there will be a parent teacher association and as always this a good place to start if you are looking for an unbiased and realistic appraisal of your child’s chances. Read more about the school PTA on this site.
Hi I am looking for assistance from interested person/s, my daughter is 8 years old and in grd 3
she is exceptionally talented in school especially in maths, from grd 1 her marks till now for all subjects are 90 to 100, we live in an area where the schools are so poor that she feels like not going to school. If there is anyone who is willing to help I would be grateful, not only will this child grow up to be an independent, exceptional young woman with excellent grades throughout her life and into college, I know if given the opportunity she will achieve this with distinctions. This little girl needs to prosper with the right help she can fly. Thanking you.
veronica - 22-Jul-14 @ 8:11 AM
I am a 15 years old girl
and i love poetry which is what i'm good at and i'm in grade 10 i love science and i want to persue my dream of becoming the first animal doctor in my family but that can only happen if i get high standard education
which is why i'm looking for a schoolarship to help me.
Popaye - 14-Jul-14 @ 8:19 PM
I am a 17 year old girl who would like to complete my pre-matric at a private school which will be able to further my talents in learning better.I need financial assistance in doing such it would be a break through for me
kgotli - 10-Jul-14 @ 7:17 PM
Hi my son is in grade 6 this year I would relly like to get a scholarship for him . He is an A agrigate student. He loves maths and always. Gets marks in the 90% and above.Would someone please help us.
resh - 7-Jul-14 @ 4:35 PM
Hi good People my name is Lindokuhle l'm from South Africa, in Cape Town. I'm 16yrz old male and am doing grade10, in Science class. I'm looking for scholarship or bursarie because l love mathematics, l get an average of 75% above everytime, even in this year. This middle term l got 80% (level 7). First term l got leveL 7 in Science, 89%. I love school bt where l live its difficult for me to study, there's always a noise. My father is always drunk and that gets me difficult to practise ma Maths bt l'm managing to pass it. I realy want this scholarship. My parents are both unemployed. My dream is to be a doctor. I neveR got leveL 4 in every report of mine. Plz help me pps, l wanna succeed.
Lomps - 3-Jul-14 @ 11:00 PM
I am 16 years old and am doing grade 9 this year im seeking for a bursary
Sya - 3-Jul-14 @ 9:28 PM
I am 15 years old am doing grade 9 this year and im seeking for a bursary and am looking for some one who can help me
Gundy - 3-Jul-14 @ 9:23 PM
My 9year old son is doing grade 4 at Kings college primary school, its a private school.I am taking him out to other schools next year because of our financial problems.I am pleading with you to assist him with a scholarship so he can continue with the better education.
Khaesco - 2-Jul-14 @ 10:22 AM
My name is Lutho Dyalvane,I am doing grade9 and I wish to start my grade10 on 2015 on a private boarding school because I am a good learner but my parents are both unemployed and I wish that my talent would be noticed at a school that will grow it more and be able to show it to the world..can someone please help me with a bursary because this is my fourth year on searching onthe internet for a bursary but I have not got it..can someone please help me, thank you.
nxenxe - 29-Jun-14 @ 5:51 PM
Am a 15 year old teen doing grade10 named thato molepo high convinient science studentam seeking for a schorlarship for me to be able to cover fees for a private boarding school namely St,andrews school for girls,my families financial state is very bad mom part time job while dad is part time job too my studies are really on stake plz plz plz..
Sthilava - 26-Jun-14 @ 9:13 PM
I am currently in grade 7 , where can I get Scholarship my mom can not afford to take to good schools , I want to be a Vet Doctor (Doctor for Animals ) , can I be Assisted with funds only for next two year , My Mom is doing degree in Social Work next year its her final year if she passes well.
Lisa - 20-Jun-14 @ 3:40 PM
I'm a 19 year old football player who lives in Jamaica. Football is my life and there aren't any proper opportunities out here in Jamaica for me too pursue a football career. I'm currently a part of the "Phoenix AllStars Football Academy" I'm a left-footed midfielder and I'm also a great dribbler and passer of the ball. I'm seeking a scholarship because it would really help me and my family.
Fizz - 4-Jun-14 @ 4:48 AM
My son is doing exceptionally well in grade 9, please guide me if he can get scholarship in one of the best school.
Rajeev - 3-Jun-14 @ 10:35 AM
Hi, I write to request for a scholarship for mr 5year old girl who is doing exceptionally well in school. She is in reception. We live in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Thank you.
Hen73 - 1-Jun-14 @ 8:12 PM
I am 19 year old soccer player seeking a scholarship.
yazeerki - 24-May-14 @ 9:41 PM
plz help me ...i amin grade 9 nd i really needa scholarship frm any boarding school in sa .. i love school wit my whole heart bt whn im at home my mom is always complainng abt money nd whn i try to study i am tld tht im wasting my time ...my performance at school is great ...i perform wit level 6 on caPSmaths ...nd plz ... i need a scholarship or bursery in order to be a successful psychologist one day so plz plz plz i really really need this so tht i cn build myself up or build a successful study life ... plz plz plz i beg /....i really need to be th first successful person in our family nd lead an example ......plz
charlyn - 11-May-14 @ 6:06 PM
I am 13 years old. I love school I want to be more than i can be in life for my mama. I am in Grade 8, and looking forward to a sponsorship to assist my mother to educate me. I promise to be the best.(from SA)
Abo - 18-Apr-14 @ 8:41 AM
I am form Balochistan, Pakistan.
I want this scholarship Sir.
How can I apply ??
Rash - 14-Apr-14 @ 9:18 AM
I have an 8 year old daughter in grade 3 who effortlessly averages 97%, and also attends a private independent school in the south of Johannesburg. I am currently laid off and find the job marked a bit harder to re-enter than I initially anticipated, and my daughter's mom is facing pretty much similar circumstances.
I need to find out how I can go about applying for financial assistance until such time that I'm in a position to handle such responsibilities on my own again.
Please respond to the furnished e-mail address, thanking you in advance.
Pinzollo - 12-Mar-14 @ 11:33 AM
I need to start a low-fee private or independentin South Africa, Johannesburg, I need assistance in kind
druza - 1-Mar-14 @ 9:42 PM
Request: I am the mother of two 8years daughter and a 6years son. I am a constable in South African Police Service, my husband is an electrician in a construction company.As he is subcontracting under a big company they sometimes do not get the tenders. I am the only one supporting my family, I am sellingfat cakes during my off days but stillit is not enough. This year I tried my level best to get a firstterm school fees formy children. I have cancelled my investments to put towardstheir school fees. My husband is tryinghis best to look for a job. I am doing this for my kids education, I do not know where am I going to get money for a second term fees. My family is falling apart, I can loose everything but not my kids education.
I hope you can be a solutionto my problem. I am a hard working mum, if you can assist me with a school fees, I think I willbe able to provide other things for my kids.
none - 17-Jan-14 @ 9:37 AM
sorry i forgot to tell my age i am 13 years in grade 7
tsholo - 3-Jan-14 @ 9:29 AM
hi my name is tsholofelo phakathi,it hurts for me that in school i am the top learner but it doesnt seem like that because no one ever thanks me but i think scholarship will mean a lot of thanks in my life,i am poetry and i am also in soul buddyz club and i am a chair person and i also go camp.i really need a scholarship ??
tsholo - 3-Jan-14 @ 9:26 AM
To whom It may concern I would like to apply for a busary for my two daughters who are attending a Christian School in South Africa.
Toni Smears - 5-Dec-13 @ 7:05 AM
To Whom It May Concern:
I'm requesting applications to scholarships/ spinsorship for a student who will be in grade 8 in 2014.He is an excellent soccer player.Would like to enroll him into a private school to be prepared for higher education. Unfortunately, he has fallen through the cracks of publics education which neglects to address his educational needs because of class room crowding and limited teaching resources.
Thank you for your assistance.
Kay - 18-Nov-13 @ 4:51 PM
Hi, am kingsley by name , am 16 yrs old and from NIGERIA. I wish to have the scholarship to enable go high in life. Pray to get it becoz thisis a good schoo. Plz plz help me GOD.
Mr~k - 23-Oct-13 @ 9:40 PM
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alhajifynboy - 12-Oct-13 @ 4:27 PM
I am a Grade11 learner in the Eastern cape,South Africa,I do Physical Science,Life Sciences and maths.I need a scholarship to further my studies after Grade12 and i would love to do medicine overseas even if it's Cuba
zeeh - 17-Sep-13 @ 4:16 AM
Hi!.My name is Thizwilondi Nembahe ,I am one of the most outstanding students, at St Augustine Residential School in South Africa situated at Limpopo,I would like to appy for a scholarship in one of the most greatest Elemmentary schools in Britain,getting this scholarship means a lot to me.Thank you
Tz - 2-Jul-13 @ 5:04 PM
Hi my name is David I'm from south africa and I'm currently doing grade 8, I'm extremely bright and I would like to get an academic scholarship to study at any private school in SA