Scholarship Criteria

2022-2023 Scholarship Programme for Prospective Students

At Merchiston International School we believe in providing deserving students with the opportunity to experience the best British international education in a culturally diverse environment. We also believe that excellence is achievable through hard work and dedication. Thus, as part of the MIS Scholarship Programme, we are now accepting applications for Year 7 (first year of Seniors), IGCSE and A-level scholarships for 2022-2023.

Who is eligible to apply?
• Students entering Year 7, Year 10 (IGCSE) & Year 12 (A-level)
• Students who demonstrate high academic / music / sports achievement and English fluency
• Students with good communication skills and leadership attributes
• Students with active participation in co-curricular activities including sports, performing arts and other events


Scholarship Categories

 

Elite Academic Scholars (100% tuition waiver) 

Our Elite Scholars are the best of the best 

Applicants Age Year Level Entry Academic Achievement Criteria Other Criteria

Aged 11 (birthdate: 31 August 2010 - 1 September 2011)

Year 7

Exceptional grades (95%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics & Science.

 

A track record of success evidenced in previous school reports & exceptional performance in the MIS interview.

 

National or international certificates in academic competitions will also be taken into account.

Aged 14 (birthdate: 31 August 2007 - 1 September 2008)

Year 10

Exceptional grades (95%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics, Science & a self- selected IGCSE subject.

Aged 16 (birthdate: 31 August

2005 - 1 September 2006)

Year 12

Exceptional grades (95%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics & a self-selected A-level subject. At least 7 A*/As (with 5 grades at A*) in their IGCSE examinations or equivalent.

 

Premium Academic Scholars (50% tuition waiver)

Our Premium Scholars are recognised for their high achievements 

Applicants Age

Year Level Entry

Academic Achievement Criteria

Other Criteria

Aged 11 (birthdate: 31 August 2010 - 1 September 2011)

Year 7

Very good grades (85%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics & Science.

A track record of success evidenced in previous school reports & exceptional performance in the MIS interview.

 

National or international certificates in academic competitions will also be taken into account.

 


 


 

Aged 14 (birthdate: 31 August 2007 - 1 September 2008)

Year 10 

Very good grades (85%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics, Science & a self-selected IGCSE subject.

Aged 16 (birthdate: 31 August 2005 - 1 September 2006)

 

Year 12 

Very good grades (85%+ average) in MIS Scholarship examinations in English, Mathematics & a self-selected A-level subject. At least 5 A*/As (with 3 grades at A*) in their IGCSE examinations or equivalent.

 

Head of School Award (tuition waiver will be at the discretion of the Board)

Our Head of School Award will be given to a suitable candidate for their outstanding efforts and achievements at a previous school & for their potential at MIS.

Applicants Age

Year level entry

Criteria

Other criteria

Aged 11 (birthdate: 31 August

2010 - 1 September 2011)

Year 7

Applicants have demonstrated a positive attitude to all activities at their previous school. They have offered an impressive commitment to academic work and chosen sporting & CCA activities. They will be an exemplary member of the day or boarding community, contributing positively to the Merchiston culture.

A track record of success evidenced in previous school reports.

 

The interview with the Head of School will be especially important for this award.

 

National or international certificates in academic, sporting, debating or extracurricular competitions will also be taken into account.

Aged 14 (birthdate: 31 August

2007 - 1 September 2008)

Year 10

Applicants have demonstrated a positive attitude to all activities at their previous school. They have offered an impressive ommitment to academic work and chosen sporting & CCA activities. They will be an exemplary member of the day or boarding community, contributing positively to the Merchiston culture. Impressive performance in the end of Year 9 examinations is an important criteria too.

Aged 16 (birthdate: 31 August

2005 - 1 September 2006)

Year 12

Applicants have demonstrated a positive attitude to all activities at their previous school. They have offered an impressive commitment to academic work and chosen sporting & CCA activities. They will be an exemplary member of the day or boarding community, contributing positively to the Merchiston culture. Impressive performance in the IGCSE examinations, or equivalent, is an important criteria too.

 

 

Award duration
• Scholarships will be awarded for the duration of the student’s education at MIS, providing the student fulfills the requirements to maintain the scholarship as outlined in the ‘Expectations to maintain scholarship’.
• Students are eligible for only one scholarship.


How to apply
Step 1 – Contact MIS for the application form and gather the necessary documentation. Before you begin to complete the application, make sure to prepare the following documents which you will submit in the first section of the application form.

 

Required Documents:

2 Years of School Reports 

Personal Statement – a 300-word essay

Standardised Testing Results (if any)

Copies of any awards received

Official Transcript

Recommendation forms from English and Maths Teacher

Student and Parents ID

Passport size photo

Application Fee 

 

Step 2 – Write your personal statement, a 300-English-word essay on “Ready Ay Ready” (the Merchiston motto). What does this mean to you?”


Step 3 – Complete the application form and attach your personal statement as a PDF file plus all the documentation gathered at Step 1.


Step 4 – FOR SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS ONLY – Shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit MIS to sit the scholarship assessment and attend an individual and family interview.


When should I apply?
8 Apr: All completed applications must be submitted by Friday 8 April 2022.
15 Apr: Shortlisted candidates will be informed of date for interview.
22 Apr: Candidates to sit scholarship assessments and attend an individual and family interview.
29 Apr: Candidates will be notified of the status of their scholarship application.
6 May: Successful scholarship awardees and their families will sign a letter of acceptance.

Selection Process
MIS is looking for academically strong students who are well rounded and who will contribute positively to the school community. Candidates are evaluated based on their past academic performance, awards received, participation in leadership and extracurricular activities and their personal statement. Final scholarship award decisions will also take into consideration the results of the candidate’s assessments and interview. All applicants will be notified of their scholarship status and those students who do not receive a MIS scholarship may elect to apply for admission without a scholarship award. The scholarship award decision made by the school is final and may not be appealed.


Number of available scholarships
The number of scholarships that will be awarded will vary from year to year taking into consideration the number of available places in that year group and the quality of applications received.

 

Expectations to maintain scholarships
Scholarship awards are intended for the duration of a student’s entry stream to MIS: namely for their A-level years (Year 12 to Year 13), IGCSE years (Year 10 to Year 11) and KS3 years (Years 7 to Year 9). Scholarships can continue through their years at MIS, for example with students moving from Year 9 into Years 10 & 11, but a renewed application process is expected. Students must meet the following conditions in order to continue receiving the scholarship:
• Student must maintain a high academic standing
• Student must consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and maximum effort in their learning
• Student must participate in the full school programme including school trips and after school activities
• Student must show exemplary personal behaviour and appropriately represent the school’s image
• Student must meet the school ‘s attendance requirements, not missing more than 10% of school days
• Parents or guardians are expected to be positive school community members


Deferring the scholarship
The scholarship is non-transferrable and the term of study cannot be deferred. Should a student withdraw, the scholarship will be terminated and cashing out for the remaining value of the scholarship is not permitted.
For further queries please contact Admissions: mis_admissions@merchiston.cn or by phone 400 867 0177.