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Scholarships

Scholarships assist in making an independent education accessible and are a part of continuing the mission of our founders to provide a well-rounded education based on our special character values, which is inclusive and diverse, for students of all faiths, and none, inclusive of differing backgrounds, interests, talents, and abilities.

Middle School Scholarships

Applications are open until 4 April 2024. Please choose the Internal Application if you are a current Scots College student or if you have completed the enrolment process but have not yet commenced at the College, and choose the External Application if you are applying to the College.

Senior School Scholarships

Applications are open until 31 May 2024. Please choose the Internal Application if you are a current Scots College student or if you have completed the enrolment process but have not yet commenced at the College, and choose the External Application if you are applying to the College.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the College offer scholarships?
How does the College fund its scholarships?
Are scholarships based on merit or need?
What scholarships does the College offer?
Are all scholarships 100%?
How does the process work?
Can I apply for a scholarship if I have already begun the enrolment process?
What expectations does the College have of its scholarship students?
Does the offering of scholarships cost current parents money?
What is the College doing to provide more scholarships at the College?
Who can I talk to if I have further questions?
Is your sibling discount still applicable if your child is awarded a scholarship?

Why does the College offer scholarships?

  1. To assist in making an independent education accessible. This allows students who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend the College the opportunity to have an independent Christian education. This is key in our mission. This also ensures that the College has diversity.
  2. To assist College families who are facing financial hardship.
  3. To attract students to the College, especially those with special talents. Such special talents can enhance the College's performance in sporting, cultural, and academic areas as well as act as role models for current students and provide opportunities for all students to reach their potential.

How does the College fund its scholarships?

Funding for scholarships comes from a number of sources. Some funds are invested by the Foundation, which provide an annual income for the College, some scholarships are funded by tuition discounts, and other scholarships are provided by benefactors. A good example of externally funded scholarships are our Lecacy scholarships.

Are scholarships based on merit or need?

The College offers a variety of scholarships, some based on need and others on merit. In general, need-based scholarships are funded by the Foundation or benefactors with some discretionary funds from the Board of Governors, and merit-based scholarships recipients receive a tuition discount. Approximately 60% of scholarships are merit-based and 40% are needs-based.

What scholarships does the College offer?

Middle School

Year 7

  1. Academic Scholarships – are awarded on merit to students who excel in our scholarship entrance exam.
  2. Music Scholarships – are awarded to students who show outstanding merit in musicianship. Selection is based upon a practical performance, and generally, students who achieve these are studying at Grade 4 and above.
  3. General Excellence Scholarships – scholarships for students who excel in one area, such as sport, academic, cultural, or citizenship, and show excellent character. These suit students who may not be in the top of one area, but would be considered good all-rounders. These are awarded on merit.
  4. Sport Scholarships – are awarded on merit to students showing outstanding sporting potential.


Year 9

  1. Academic Scholarships – are awarded on merit to students who excel in our scholarship entrance exam.
  2. Music Scholarships – are awarded to students who show outstanding merit in musicianship. Selection is based upon a practical performance, and generally, students who achieve these are studying at Grade 6 and above.
  3. General Excellence Scholarships – scholarships for students who excel in one area, such as sport, academic, cultural, or citizenship, and show excellent character. These suit students who may not be in the top of one area, but would be considered good all-rounders. These are awarded on merit.
  4. Foundation Scholarship – is awarded to students to assist them in access to the College.
  5. Boarding Scholarship – Boarding scholarships may be available to suitable applicants.
  6. Sport Scholarships – are awarded on merit to students showing outstanding sporting potential.
  7. Pipe Band Scholarship – available to a student who shows outstanding merit in musicianship. Selection is based upon a practical performance.

 

Senior School
  1. International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarships – available to current students as well as students new to school Scholarships are awarded on merit based on academic achievement as outlined in students' applications and an interview.
  2. Pipe Band Scholarship – available to a student who shows outstanding merit in musicianship. Selection is based upon a practical performance.
  3. General Excellence Scholarships – scholarships for students who excel in one area, such as sport, academic, cultural, or citizenship, and show excellent character. These suit students who may not be in the top of one area, but would be considered good all-rounders. These are awarded on merit.
  4. Boarding Scholarship – Boarding scholarships may be available to suitable applicants.
  5. Music Scholarships – are awarded to students who show outstanding merit in musicianship.
  6. Academic Scholarships – are awarded on merit to students who demonstrate outstanding academic aptitude and ability.
  7. Hardship/Financial Assistance – These scholarships exist to support students who would otherwise not be able to attend the College and range from 25% to 100% of tuition fees. These scholarships are awarded on need, and in many cases, are funded by corporates or benefactors who support the College.
  8. Sport Scholarships – these scholarships exist to support students who excel in sport.

Are all scholarships 100%?

No. The majority of scholarships offered by the College are merit-based and are for a portion of tuition fees. The portion offered is at the discretion of the Principal, Headmaster, or Board of Governors.

How does the process work?

  1. Applications are submitted by the due date.
  2. All Middle School academic scholarship applicants must sit the academic scholarship test.
  3. After the closing date, applications are considered and suitable candidates are interviewed and offers are made.
  4. Scholarships are reviewed annually and, in general, students hold these scholarships for their time at the College, excluding the Year 7 and 8 scholarships. The Year 7 and 8 scholarships are only for these years, and students continuing into Year 9 can apply for the Year 9 scholarships.
  5. Unsuccessful applicants are notified. 

Can I apply for a scholarship if I have already begun the enrolment process?

Yes, you can apply for a scholarship at any stage of the enrolment and confirmation process. For example, if you have already confirmed your place at the College, but have not yet started, you are welcome to apply as an internal candidate.

What expectations does the College have of its scholarship students?

In essence, these are no different to our expectations of all students: to behave well, contribute, and word hard. Scholarships are reviewed annually, and if there is an issue, there is a process we work through to ensure expectations are being met. If these are not met, a scholarship may be removed.

Does the offering of scholarships cost current parents money?

No. In fact, the additional revenue from scholarship students and the Government funding they attract reduces costs for all parents.

What is the College doing to provide more scholarships at the College?

The College holds numerous campaigns to raise funds for scholarships. These funds are lodged in the Foundation, and income from these funds will allow us to continue to offer scholarships in the future to deserving or needy students in order to change their lives.

Who can I talk to if I have further questions?

This sounds exciting and worthwhile. How can I help?
If you wish to talk about how you could help with the scholarship programme at the College, please contact the College's Development Team at development@scotscollege.school.nz.

General questions regarding applications and the scholarship programme
Junior School – Olive Mulcahy, Personal Assistant to the Junior School Principal
Middle School – Sharon Hedges, Personal Assistant to the Middle School Principal
Senior School – Maria Calcott, Executive Assistant to the Headmaster

Is your sibling discount still applicable if your child is awarded a scholarship?

The sibling discount does not apply when one child in the family is awarded a scholarship.