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How to write a good scholarship application? GIS top 4 tips.

Whether you’re a parent or a student, check out our top tips to make applying for a school scholarship a breeze!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Why not apply for a GIS Scholarship?

Academic superstars, talented musicians or brilliant sports (wo)men unite! If you’re a student who knows you stand out amongst your peers, or if you’re a parent with a child who shines, why not consider applying for a GIS scholarship?

  • IGSCE & A-level Scholarships available
  • All scholarship recipients will get their registration and application fee waived (21,300RM benefit)
  • Discount on their annual tuition fees of up to 100%!

GIS’ academic results at both IGCSE and A level place us, time and time again, amongst the best international schools in the world.

Our results reflect our commitment to ensuring every Sixth Former has the opportunity to pursue their own passions. At GIS, we understand that universities are looking for much more than just great grades. That’s why we offer the GIS Diploma, which sees outstanding classroom learning in the Sixth Form supplemented by a weekly elective enrichment programme, unique summer internship programme (Thrive), personalised higher-education counselling and one of the region’s largest student leadership programmes. Read about our latest Sixth Form success and the 6 GIS students to receive Oxbridge offers.

We launch different types of scholarship programme throughout the year.

  • Wanted to know more about our upcoming scholarships? Leave your contact details HERE and we will keep you posted!
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