Whether you’re a parent or a student, check out our top tips to make applying for a school scholarship a breeze!
- Get the documents right.
What you’ll have to send in to apply for a scholarship will vary from school to school, but here’s a general list to give you an idea of what you’ll need to submit.
- A letter of application (written by the applicant)
- A testimonial from the current principal/head-teacher (outlining the student’s academic & co-curricular achievements);
- Recent school reports;
- Supporting documents, like photocopies of academic and/or music examination certificates, school awards and prizes;
- Proof of your family’s income (for means-tested scholarships)
Make sure you read the requirements carefully – incomplete applications won’t usually be considered. It may take some time to gather all the necessary bits and pieces, so try and start the process early.
We recommend compiling all the documents in a clearfile folder (if submitting them by post) or a GoogleDrive/Dropbox folder (for electronic applications) to ensure your application looks professional.
Carefully check the application deadline and make sure you get your application in on time – most schools won’t accept late applications.
- Write a great application letter!
Most schools will require a supporting letter, personal statement or application letter as part of your application. This needs to be written by the student applying – not a parent.
Students: here’s some tips on how to make sure yours stands out from the rest:
Keep it concise.
Write no more than two typed pages (size 12 font). Ideally, your letter should be shorter than this; around 1.5 pages should be plenty.
Structure your letter clearly.
Have one ‘big idea’ per paragraph. Plan before you write: a simple mind-map with the main ideas for each paragraph and then examples and/or supporting detail for each idea should make the writing process much easier.
Show you’ve done your research.
Include a paragraph on what you could contribute to the school – and be specific. Read recent school newsletters to find out more about the day-to-day life of the school. Mention specific events, clubs, causes or committees that you could make a difference to (and how!)
Don’t be afraid to brag!
Write about what you’re good and your achievements to date – but, most importantly, explain how you’ve used your strengths & talents to better your current school community.