Eton College Scholarships – Scholarships are at the very heart of Eton; Henry Vl, the founder of Eton College, created the school for his 70 King’s Scholars in 1440 and they still exist nearly six hundred years later. Today there are around 140 scholarship boys studying at the school, more than 10% of the school’s population.
Scholarships are base on merit and usually (but not all the time) secure a 10% reduction of fee, irrespective of the boy’s financial background. As merit awards, majority of scholarships aren’t means-tested but there are one or two exceptions with particular schemes supporting boys with talent who also need substantial financial support towards fees.
Scholarships differ from bursaries, which are means-tested awards aim to help support families are not able to afford some, or all of the school fees. When a pupil is awarded a scholarship, it is still possible to apply for a means-tested bursary for the remainder of the fees but the awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee the success of a bursary application.
Eton offers a broad range of scholarships, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, :
Entry at 13:
King’s Scholarships are awarded each year for boys entering the school at age 13 based on academic ability.
Up to four New Foundation Scholarships are available each year which are awarded to boys at UK state schools joining Eton at age 13.
Music Awards – a wide range of scholarships and exhibition awards are designed to recognise and support talented musicians. These are usually for entry at 13 but a few, which are listed below, are for sixth form pupils.
Entry in the sixth form:
Sixth Form Scholarships: These are usually awarded to boys who have been attending a UK state schools for the last three years at least . Rarely, applicants from fee-paying UK schools with no affiliated sixth form are considered. These applicants would already be in receipt of a significant bursary from their current school. These include:
- The Michael Meredith Drama Award: This is awarded to boys that are joining the school in the Sixth Form, who will make a significant contribution to drama, either on stage, as a crew technician, playwright or director
- Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Music Scholarship:This is awarded to an outstanding Sixth Form musician from a UK state school whose family could not otherwise afford the school fees