Applications for the Orwell Award 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 entry will open in July 2021, along with further information regarding the Open Day.
We aim to give recipients a transformative educational experience they otherwise would not have been able to access.
This life-changing opportunity is for boys with potential; you do not need to be the finished product, but you will need to embrace the breadth of the Eton experience in and out of the classroom and have the academic aspiration, with our support, to apply to the most competitive universities. To be a successful applicant you will need intellectual curiosity, an openness of mind and character, and the willingness to step outside your comfort zone. If this is you, we want to meet you.
The Orwell Award is aimed at boys at a UK state school and recognises that academic achievement may sometimes have been held back by personal circumstance. As a result, this scholarship will be assessed both on academic potential and against specific criteria, such as if you have refugee status or are a Looked After Child, if you are in the first generation of your family to go to university, if you are in receipt of the Pupil Premium or if you currently attend a school Ofsted has identified as ‘requiring improvement’ or in ‘special measures’.
As an Orwell Award holder, you will be a fully-boarding member of our school community with allowances to enable you to fully participate in the life of the school, enjoying all the academic and co-curricular opportunities that all our students receive. Eton’s outstanding facilities will be yours, with our staff ready to support you every step of the way.
Brochures and Events
Ask Our Boys
I’m from East London so it’s a completely different thing coming into a school like this, but it’s not as daunting as it seems… The best thing about Eton is that it allows you to become who you want to be. It brings out what your passions are and it gives you the chance to try anything that you think you will be good at and, if you are good at it, Eton pushes you to become even better and really brings out the best in you.Hamza, Orwell Award holder
Personally, for me, I had my doubts as to whether I’d get in or not – and look at me now. Coming to Eton has broadened my horizons in many ways, but it has definitely made me feel anything I want to do is possible as long as I put my full effort into achieving it.Josh, Orwell Award holder
Ask Our Parents
Speaking as a mother of a former Orwell Award holder, I can honestly say that I was sceptical when my son said he was going to apply to Eton. Now, as he finishes his Master’s course at Imperial College London, I can say – hand on heart – that it was the best thing he could have done.Parent of an Orwell Award holder
It was the making of him and I didn’t lose my son – rather, I gained a young man who grew in confidence and independence and was well prepared to make the transition to university that parents often worry about.Parent of an Orwell Award holder
Ask Our Staff
Those boys who were interviewed talked about the warm welcome they had received in boarding Houses and from the Eton community. A common theme in interviews was nervousness about their perceptions of what Eton would be like, which was completely different to the reality of their reception.Nick Sellers, Director of Admissions
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)
The Orwell Award is named, with the kind consent of the Blair family, after George Orwell: Eton alumnus and himself the recipient of financial aid as an Etonian.