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:
approximate number of scholarship boys here at any one time.
Entry at 13
Based on academic ability for boys entering the school at age 13. Around 14 are awarded each year.
New Foundation Scholarship
Boys who are outstanding academically, who have been educated in the UK state system at primary level and who need financial aid to attend Eton are encouraged to apply for the New Foundation Scholarship, which, thanks to the generosity of a donor, provides means-tested financial support for four or more boys per year to attend Eton. Where necessary, this will cover 100% fees and extras: no boy will be precluded from winning a New Foundation Scholarship because of his family’s financial situation. We will help families identify the most appropriate pathway for their sons in Years 7 and 8. Applications are before the end of Year 5 (30 June) for Year 9 entry: please contact the Admissions Office if you have any queries.
A wide range of scholarships and exhibition awards are designed to recognise and support talented musicians.
Whenever a new boy comes in at a senior level, it doesn’t matter what scholarship they’re on, the boys really fall over backwards to make them welcome.Hazel Nash, Dame (House Matron)
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 fourteen places may be awarded per year; however, this depends on the quality of applications received.
MCM Drama Award
The MCM Drama Award can be awarded to a boy also applying for the Orwell Award who will make an outstanding contribution to drama at Eton.
Sixth Form Music Award
The Sixth Form Music Award can be awarded to a boy also applying for the Orwell Award who is a musical high-flyer, with the personality to adapt successfully to the life of a boarding community.