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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships are at the very heart of Eton; Henry VI 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 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.  

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. Applications for the Orwell Award (2021) will open on Tuesday 7 July 2020. The deadline for applications is Friday 25 September 2020.