Scholarships are at the very heart of Eton; Henry Vl 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 here at any one time, more than 10% of the school’s population.
Scholarships usually (but not always) entitle the pupil to a reduction in fees of up to 10% and some are means-tested.

Scholarships are merit awards and usually (but not always) secure a fee reduction of 10%, irrespective of the boy's financial background. As merit awards the majority of scholarships aren't means-tested but there are one or two exceptions with particular schemes supporting talented boys who also need substantial financial support towards fees.  

Scholarships differ from bursaries, which are means-tested awards given to help support families who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford some, or all of the school fees. 

When a boy 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 that a bursary application will be successful. 

Please note that we do not offer sports or arts scholarships, though such abilities feature strongly in all our selection processes along with all-round personality and suitability for membership of a boarding community.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we offer a broad range of scholarships:

Entry at 13: 

King’s Scholarships based on academic ability for boys entering the school at age 13. Around 14 are awarded each year  
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:

Orwell Awards  are for boys who have spent Years 9, 10 and 11 in a UK state school. Boys who are receiving substantial financial assistance at a UK independent school that does not have a Sixth Form may also apply. Up to twelve places are usually awarded per year, however this depends on the quality of applications received.

Boys applying for the Orwell Award can also apply for The Michael Meredith Drama Award or the Sixth Form Music Scholarship.