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'm. From stellenbocsh and I'm looking for a scholarship that can support me in grade 10 and I love druma, singing and dance. Please. Help. Me I'm. Looking. For the bright future
Mabusi - 18-May-15 @ 9:06 PM
is there any scholarship for secondary schools,I want it for my daughter.
Dupson - 17-May-15 @ 10:11 AM
is there any scholarship for secondary schools? I want it for my daughter
Dupson - 17-May-15 @ 10:08 AM
@face - I'm afraid in order to get a bursery, your parents would have to go through the proper immigration procedures in order to come to the UK. Or if you are old enough you, would have to apply yourself for a student visa.
GetTheRightSchool - 15-May-15 @ 1:36 PM
Hey I'm Ellie, I'm from Leeds in England. I'm currently in year 10 and I play a lot of sport, I play for Yorkshire and north England ladies u15 and have recently been asked to be part of the north England u18 sevens team for the "sainsburies school games". Also I'm in a talented and gifted academy where 24 girls in England train regularly and build blocks upto playing for England, this is the highest point I can get to at this age as the national side doesn't start until u20. On top of rugby I am a keen athlete competing in English school championships twice, football is another big part of my life playing recently with my county side. Thank you
Kildunne - 14-May-15 @ 11:04 PM
Hello my name is ntando and I would like to know if you give scholarships to learners in south africa because I am really desperate. I live with my mom who has a degree in psychology but she is unemployed and my two brothers and my grand father. At home my mom always tells me to work hard at school and I do its just that I do not get any promising bursary I've won at a provincial and National leg of a competition and at school I get subject certificates. Please if you do have bursaries I plead with you give me one. I am a hard working student who believes in producing quality and consistent results and I don't shy away from challenges
face - 13-May-15 @ 10:26 PM
Hi, My name is Kutlwano Msomi and I live in Pampierstad which is a small township in Northern Cape in South Africa.I am in grade 9 and am 14 years old,I am from a dysfunctional family.My mother has passed away and she was a single parent.I perform really well at school and am intelligent,creative,imaginative and also innovative. I will like to apply for a scholarship because I really need it
boogy - 9-May-15 @ 8:58 PM
@Beka - are you a member of any drama, dance or theature school locally? As it would be worth you while having as much involvement as you can. While the school offers support to those who can't pay, it is usually to students who are progressing from one course to another or to students who are currently training on one of their full-time courses. Its website also says a special provision is usually made for an outstanding Associate School Student who has been selected for a place in the Theatre Arts School and who would be unable to undertake full-time training without financial help. I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 20-Apr-15 @ 12:18 PM
Hi I'm Rebekah and I'm in year 9 and I want to get a scholarship for italIa conti because I want to be an actress
Beka - 17-Apr-15 @ 4:10 PM
Hey my name is Rachel I'm in grade 9,I live in a small rural area in Pankop.As I'm here I'm looking forward for a schoolarship in order to surrport my studies so that I can get a chance to study at America.so anything that you can give me I will apreciate it to THANK YOU....
topi - 8-Apr-15 @ 10:40 PM
@ashu - the application for scholarships is available to children of all nationalities that reside in the UK.
GetTheRightSchool - 1-Apr-15 @ 12:00 PM
I am Fana Gudula from Dongwe I am currently doing grade 9 this year under the premises of Funda High School I will be turning 14 years old I'm a cool, calm, polite e.t.c boy, I'm asking for a scholarship because of I want to study at Get Ahead College, Queens High School or Hexagon, the reason why I'm asking for this scholarship because I know my parents can't afford my payments of the schools I want to be in because at my home only the source of income is social grant and the reason why I chose those schools because I see their High rates of academics and other things like sport is available, and I'm in to Debate, Poetry, Drama and public speaking, I'm studying hard and I'm passing with high marks and I'm studying towards the carrer of my choice because my biggest aim is to become the best well known doctor ever seen and I'll also make the positive impacts on the people on the ground and later specialise in nuerosurgery I will be the phsychological doctor, As a student I know what is expected of us individually. Because I understand that the are teacher equiped to guide us towards our carrers at those schools I've mentioned above. All my subjects I get 80% and above I'm brilliant I have 22 awards with 8 cups and 2 medals ! Because of being brilliant I really need this scholarship and I really want to study at a private school or the schools I've mentioned above. No matter this year or next year! With the hope I'll recieve this scholarship. At my home there are no hassles which regards to school tasks.
For more information about me search me on #GOOGLE! @ Fana Gudula! You'll see me even carrying my Awards.
Fabb-Fanz - 31-Mar-15 @ 10:17 AM
Is this scholarship available for pakistani students?
ashu - 30-Mar-15 @ 1:08 PM
@sentha - I'm afraid as we are a UK-based site we cannot advise on boarding schools outside the UK.
GetTheRightSchool - 10-Mar-15 @ 10:23 AM
@Heidi - congrats to your son. There are schools that offer music scholarships. You can search online and make an application.
GetTheRightSchool - 9-Mar-15 @ 2:44 PM
hi i have 16 years old daughter doing grade 9 and she is doing well at school i was thinking of sending her to a boarding school in polokwane limpopo unfortunately when I look at my background is not looking good so I'm asking for assistance, what can I do for looking for a scholarship or bursaries?
sentha - 7-Mar-15 @ 2:26 PM
I am a single mother.Just recently my son has been selected to attend the Drakensberg Boys Choir as from 2016.My son has a natural talent for music both vocally and instrumentally.It is so sad because I cannot not support him financially in this regard and receive not support from their father regarding extra curricular activities or for a school like this.This is his true passion
Heidi - 7-Mar-15 @ 4:31 AM
Am machevele Tinyiko Nomsa iwant a schoolarship 2learn my grade 11 at bording school iwill be heppy when i find it ihave big dream that why iwant a schoolarship THANK YOU
Tinah - 5-Mar-15 @ 9:33 PM
I am bright I have really been searching a scholarship to furtheR my education.@lays football nd I am 15 yeArs
brightoski - 3-Mar-15 @ 11:00 PM
Hello, I am Alizeh Rafique, 17 year old, from Pakistan. I am doing my GCSE and got 2A* and 1A, five more to go. I have always been a hardworking student throughout my academic years and is looking forward to study in UK on merit.Also I have some pretty good vocals. I am looking forward for a scholarship to support my studies so that I could have chance to study in UK. Any suggestions in this regard would be highly appreciated.Thankyou.
Alizeh - 21-Feb-15 @ 9:42 AM
hi my name is jesse, am 17years,, from nigeria...am in my final year in highschool....geting a college schoolarship will be a dream come through for me...because i'will finally achieve my dream of playing soccer... all i want is just a tryout and you'll see what am talking about...thanks
jeysongz - 19-Feb-15 @ 12:56 PM
Greetings to all. I'm a 14 year old girl who has big dreams,I'm willing to work hard in order to get to those dreams. But the sad part is my mom can't afford to take me to the best school, I really need a scholarship to fund my education.I know I'm a hard worker and I never give up getting a scholarship would make me really happy..
sindi - 17-Feb-15 @ 7:54 PM
@zainab - I have included a link to the National Association for Gifted Children factsheet which gives plenty of information on how and where you can apply for scholarships, link here. I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 11-Feb-15 @ 1:44 PM
Hi! my 6 years old twin boys are very intelligent. their IQ is well and above their age. they are in P1 and they know all the syllabus already, they are like P2/3 level. i want best edu for them. i cant afford to put them in a Private school. Is their any way they can get scholarship( even after testing them).
zainab - 11-Feb-15 @ 1:35 AM
Hi, i have an 11 year old daughter who is doing grade 6 this year. Last year she told me that she wants to become a scientist, it breaks my heart and i am also scared that she might not be able to follow her career as i am not employed and also single. I am searching for a busary ... she deserves a chance to study science.
Tumi - 5-Feb-15 @ 9:49 PM
hi my son is Ntobeko Emanuel manqelewe liveat hillcrest3660 my child has a talent of be atlatic he is a good runer ill like to give my son the best education that i didnt get please can you give my son a busary think you this is my contacts 0744100105 0612147810
totoh - 4-Feb-15 @ 4:02 PM
@Mani - have you tried approaching the school directly? Many independent schools offer some measure of financial support and means-tested bursaries. The school will also be able to direct you to organisations it is familiar with and that know can or have previously given support. I hope this helps.
GetTheRightSchool - 23-Jan-15 @ 11:56 AM
My 11 yr old daughter has successfully gained a scholarship at her high schoolbut is only 5%.
Are there any other organisations I can reach for financial help for scholars?
Any advise would be appreciated.
Mani - 22-Jan-15 @ 6:59 PM
Hi, I am abdullah, 15, from Pakistan and I am an GCSE student. I have scored 5 A*s and 3 As in my exams and still 2 more to go. I have got some pretty amazing vocalskills and I really want them to be of some use. I represented my school in many comptitions and made significant progress in the field of music. I want to study in UK using a scholarship earned on the basis of my vocal skills. Any suggestion in this regard would be highly appreciated.
Abdullah - 3-Jan-15 @ 3:23 AM
Hi, I am fourteen years old boy from Karachi, Pakistan. I have more
than twenty certificates. I am a sports teenager, I love to play cricket,
badminton, football, and table tannis.I love to socialise with people.I also take a part Model United
Nation (MUN). So I am searching for a scholarship so that I can get a chance to come UK and get experience + study