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 my daughter is an academically gifted student currently in grade 8. I was not aware that we could receive a bursary for her so did not know to apply while she was in grade 6. I am in the process of divorce and raising my two children on my own with no financial aid. Are there any schools/companies who offer bursaries to students already in high school? Can I still appl for her now? Please help
ML32 - 24-Jun-16 @ 2:25 PM
Hello Am Chulumanco ,am from Eastern cape and I am 15 years old. Next yearI'llbe doinggrade11.My parents arestrugglingtheycan'tevenpayformyschoolfeesanymore,because I have 4 siblings and my parentsdon'teven work becausethey are uneducated buttheywantus to have a bettereducation.I've beenapplyingforScholarshipssincegrade9.I needascholarship but am not that muchbrilliantbutI am a hard work .My school minimumaverageis 50%.I wouldbe verygratefulforany Response...
Chulu - 24-Jun-16 @ 6:23 AM
Hi I am 14 and a half and in grade 9 I would like to stduy in the UK but from what I hear it's expensive. so what do I do please help me. Thank you!
Dimples - 21-Jun-16 @ 8:30 PM
hi! I am 13 and a half and I live in Ethiopia. I am going to be in grade 9 on 2017. I learn in British international school. It's really expensive there really expensive,so I want to learn in an other country. I am good atphysical education. So please I am asking for your help.
ananu - 20-Jun-16 @ 1:34 PM
m.3dwards - Your Question:
Hello. I'm 14 and currently in yr 9, in the UK. I would love to be able to transfer to a private school and boost my chances of studying criminology at Harvard university. I can't afford to pay the fees required to be able to go to the best school. I hope to be able to earn a scholarship. I am currently achieving 9's (A**) in all of my subjects. I have won 2 golds at the UKJMC, Best In Year twice, Best in School once, and also represented my school in the team challenge. I have been involved in my local public speaking competition, BBC School News Report Day, and I am currently doing my bronze D of E award. I have been in numerous plays (I am currently in one now) and play the piano, guitar, and I am in my school and local choir. I have also represented my school in their Netball, Hockey, and Rounders teams. I have excellent attendance, and have been given many commendations from my school's Principal. I also am a Girl Guide, and have volunteered at quite a few events; including my local church, community group, and farms. I hope that due to my in school activities, out of school activities, and academic achievements, I will be able to earn funding to be able to go to a private school and achieve my dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a Criminal Psychologist.
We are very glad you are doing very well at school and you obviously have great ambitions. You should speak with your parents regarding applying for scholarships. However, it seems your current school is helping you achieve very good results too.
GetTheRightSchool - 14-Jun-16 @ 2:10 PM
Hello. I'm 14 and currently in yr 9, in the UK. I would love to be able to transfer to a private school and boost my chances of studying criminology at Harvard university. I can't afford to pay the fees required to be able to go to the best school. I hope to be able to earn a scholarship. I am currently achieving 9's (A**) in all of my subjects. I have won 2 golds at the UKJMC, Best In Year twice, Best in School once, and also represented my school in the team challenge. I have been involved in my local public speaking competition, BBC School News Report Day, and I am currently doing my bronze D of E award. I have been in numerous plays (I am currently in one now)and play the piano, guitar, and I am in my school and local choir. I have also represented my school in their Netball, Hockey, and Rounders teams. I have excellent attendance, and have been given many commendations from my school's Principal. I also am a Girl Guide, and have volunteered at quite a few events; includingmy local church, community group, and farms. I hope that due to my in school activities, out of school activities, and academic achievements, I will be able to earn funding to be able to go to a private school and achieve my dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a Criminal Psychologist.
m.3dwards - 13-Jun-16 @ 7:57 PM
Hello,am a 10th grade student here in Tanzania and i am 16years. The aim of me asking for a scholarship is that i really need a good education that is more and practically because here in Tanzania is more theorical and am really good at math and science but for our education here i think my dream my fade. Also i really need to archive my goals as a neurologist am aslo good at singing. Please my you put this into consideration please. You will make my dream come true. Thank you.
Sally - 13-Jun-16 @ 1:02 PM
Plz am a girl of 13 years and am from Nigeria am in junior secondry 2 plz am in need of sholarship becorse my parent afford my fees plz am beging am good at my studies plzz help
Preciouzy - 11-Jun-16 @ 4:47 PM
pliz i need your help am grade 9 my parent died when i was 3months
asapmark - 11-Jun-16 @ 4:14 AM
Hi ,am Julie a single mother of 2 little boys and ,unemployed at the moment living in Uganda East Africa..my 3year old son is starting school in July but I can not raise all the fees they need at school.
please I kindly ask you for your assistance so that he gets good education like the rest of the kids
Thanks and I will b grateful for yo support.
ma bieber - 3-Jun-16 @ 3:58 PM
I have acrobatic talent whow can you help me?
mrefu - 31-May-16 @ 8:45 AM
My kids grade 10 and 9 , studying in uae Arabic curriculum they can manage them selves in English language . I am thinking to send them to continue study in UK . can some one help me and advise if this can work and how
mah123 - 12-May-16 @ 6:52 PM
I am a single unemployed parent of a 6 year old who is doing grade 1 in a local government school. I would love to get financial help/support for my son inorder for him to get the best education in best school. He seem talented, loves to sing, dance. There is more potential in him given the chance to develop his talents. Hoping to hear from, thanl you.
Mhamhase - 29-Apr-16 @ 8:07 PM
I am a boy aged 15 year old .I need a scholarship to learn at a high school in UK.I am doing good at school so i am looking forward to learn at UK
mbo - 27-Apr-16 @ 6:28 PM
Hi I am single mom raising 2 daughters after their father died 3 years ago. My little 5year is in Grade R and her sister is 10 in grade 6. My 10year is a gifted academically and in Athletics, plays netball and is a prefect this year. I am trying my best with my children but with my income it is difficult to put them into a private school where their talents can be nurtured and they can live to their full potential even when I an not around.
Noma - 27-Apr-16 @ 9:49 AM
I am seeking financial scholarship for my son. Being a single handed parent l am seeking any kind of support that is out there.he has been offered a place now getting unwell as not sure if l can cope
te - 29-Mar-16 @ 12:01 AM
Hello,Am by the names of MukiibiEmma a Ugandan high school student I am a seeking for financial assistance in my education am good at sports(basketball,athletics and swimming) I can also do music,dance and drama.thank you
Emma - 27-Mar-16 @ 5:48 PM
Hi...im samke from durban at enandah last year i was doing grade 11 and i passed but things didn't go well i did'nt do my matric now i need your help i want to study
Mambaliza - 17-Mar-16 @ 2:03 PM
hi,am 16 years old..am in secondary school. Iam gifted with a nice voice i can sing very well..but my parents have no money to let me continue with. my studies please help me i need your help so much...love,lilly
lilly - 17-Mar-16 @ 10:54 AM
I'm lilly,am a student in form three,i'm not attending school because my parents can't take me to school due to low income they have got.please help me I beg you with all my heart.love,lilly
lilly - 17-Mar-16 @ 10:49 AM
I am a single parent and would like to get assistance with my three children. My nine year old was in a private school doing very well,she had to stop going to the school because I am unable to pay the school fees and that really broke my heart.My six year old twins are to start grade one and I would like them to get a good education to ensure a brighter future.We went through a lot when my husbandpassed on and now I would like to empower myself by furthering my studies .I am unable to do all these things with the salary that I am getting. IfI know my kid's education is taken care of then I can concentrate on empowering myself so that I can be able to give them the best.They have so much potential, they are such intelligent children. Please help me get assistance.
Andy - 9-Mar-16 @ 1:08 AM
Hi my son is 12 yrs old currently in yr 7 of high school, we are a low income family and my son's dream is to become a forensic scientist. He is extremely gifted in maths and science, already capable of gcse level in both and I am looking into finding a better school for him to fully develop his abilities, he also has Aspergers Syndrome, which given his interests has been a huge advantage as his focus is second to none. Any advice would be appreciated.Thank you
Helen - 29-Feb-16 @ 1:59 AM
Hi my name is Lindy I need someone who can assist me. To my 5years old girl she's starting grade1 next year I don't have a money to take her to schoolI'm a single parent I'm not working thanks God Bless u!
Lindy - 23-Feb-16 @ 10:36 AM
I m hammad from pakistan,i am 15 years old,i need a scholarship for high school in uk
hammad catto - 20-Feb-16 @ 3:58 AM
My name is hammad i going to any country for scholarships.
and my age is 14.15?
how can i do?
hammad catto - 20-Feb-16 @ 3:52 AM
Hello my name is Kgauhelo lebetsa From South Africa ,Free state provience ,Theunissen andI'm a 17 old boy who want to study grade 11in a private school but i live with unemployed single parent who cant afford the fees. Please help me. I promise to work hard and your money wont go to waste..
My parent's numbers are:0834966790 ; 078776351;0737793090.
I will appriciate your help
Mokete - 5-Feb-16 @ 4:35 PM
Hi, my name is Lasmi and I'm looking for a full senior high school scholarship for my daughter, she is 15 and currently studying in a vocational high school in Jakarta (year 10), she is very good in languages, she's fluent in English and Indonesian, but she's currently learning Russian (and a little German). She also could play a guitar and she's joining her school's basketball team. Since my husband is not working, I'm unable to pay for her school and I'm only able to pay my son's. And if you can help me and my daughter, please let me know. Thank you.
Lasmi - 24-Jan-16 @ 3:55 PM
Hi my son is presently in a private school and i am currently unemployed,please assist,he is a very intelligent young boy.
Mankhuneng - 23-Jan-16 @ 7:14 PM
Hi....am16,, a high school student in Kenya .i am a good performer in school ...i do acrobatics..i play volleyball,football,badminton .....in grade 9,,but i had to repeat my school year due to fees problem ..but i still believe that i will complete my high school .i have been applying for scholarships since my 8th grade..but with no luck.please help me obtain a scholarship...
Katrina - 17-Jan-16 @ 9:24 AM
Hello. My son is 11 years old and currently goes to secondary school. He has dyslexia and struggles in a large class at his school. However, despite this I have never known a child as hard working, passionate and ambitious as him. He gets angry in class because others don't want to listen in class as much as him and he gets very upset when the other children distract him. He goes to after school clubs such as homework, maths and English out of his own choice because he tries so hard to be smart and wants to go to university so much. The reason I feel he would benefit at a private school is because he is so intelligent and very creative and so passionate about school and learning. Also because the classes are smaller he would receive more help than he currently receives. He is exceptionally well behaved and takes everything so serious. His dream is to become either a fashion designer or a mathematician and he is very good at maths. I know sponsorships is meant for children with a special skill such as music or drama etc, but my child is the most hard working, ambitious child I have ever known and I want the best education for him and the chance for him to become successful in the future. His dyslexia gets in the way a bit but his determination is so strong he says he WILL get top grades and do well at school. I really hope someone out there can help us make his dreams come true.