Apply for a Schools Scholarship

1. Eligibility - Application Evaluation

(a) Academic Performance

Reports from the applicant's school are required as well as a personal recommendation from the Head. As a general guide, grades should be in the top decile of performance in an applicant's age or peer group.

(b) Achievement in Sport, Music or Drama

An applicant must demonstrate that they are more than just an active participant in sport, music or drama, with some formal level of proficiency or accreditation.

(c) Social Influence and Communication

The applicant must have held a position of responsibility in their school, or failing that provide some evidence of confidence amongst peers. They will be expected to undergo an interview which will give an indication of their aptitude and personality traits, and to participate in practical assessment exercises to establish their ability to form and develop relationships among peers.

(d) Citizenship

An applicant must show through examples that they have helped those less fortunate than themselves, or have done work in the community, and are seen as role models. Unselfishness, kindness and concern for others are key criteria for The Beacon Scholarship and Scholars will be required to show continuing evidence of their efforts in these areas.

(d) Other Factors

In addition to the above, other factors to be taken into account include:

    • Integration potential (which necessarily involves consideration of the applicant's competence in English)
    • The likely contribution of the applicant to other areas of school life
    • Age - to be considered for the Beacon Scholarship for Schools is 13-18 years
    • The applicant must be a Kenyan or Tanzanian National, i.e. have Kenyan or Tanzanian citizenship

Applicants will also need to demonstrate, with examples, that they are a 'change-maker':

(a) They have the capacity to 'take people with them' and

(b) They are already making a difference now.

 

2. Financial Need - Disclosure Requirements

In order for their child to qualify for a Beacon Scholarship, Parents/Guardians/Sponsors must demonstrate financial need and undertake full and complete financial disclosure.

Parents/Guardians/Sponsors must be committed both financially and educationally for their child to complete both primary and secondary education as a Beacon Scholar. The Beacon Scholarship is aimed at Parents/Guardians/Sponsors who can demonstrate financial need but are able to fund at least one third of the tuition fees for a Beacon Scholar.

PLEASE NOTE: It is unlikely that Parents/Guardians/Sponsors with an annual gross household income below US$20k or above US$80k will qualify.

Parents/Guardians/Sponsors will be required to complete a confidential Financial Disclosure form (see below) once their application has been reviewed. The Financial Disclosure form must be accompanied by electronic scans, in pdf or jpeg format, of the following documents and sent by email to The Beacon Equity Trust:

  • the most recent 6 months' payslips for each Parent/Guardian/Sponsor;
  • letter from each Parent/Guardian/Sponsor's employer verifying their annual income;
  • tax returns for the last 2 years for each Parent/Guardian/Sponsor;
  • if self-employed, financial statements verified by an accountant.

PLEASE NOTE: failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or to complete the Financial Disclosure form in full may lead to the instant disqualification of the applicant.

On receipt of the Financial Disclosure form and accompanying documents The Beacon Equity Trust will review the suitability of the application. Supplementary information may then be requested.

In addition Parents/Guardians/Sponsors will be required to:

  1. Complete a Financial Disclosure form whenever required by The Beacon Equity Trust.
  2. Disclose any material change in financial circumstances to the Beacon School and The Beacon Equity Trust. Should financial circumstances improve, there may be some re-negotiation of the proportion of fees paid by Parents/Guardians/Sponsors.
  3. Give one full term's notice to both the Beacon School and The Beacon Equity Trust should Parents/Guardians/Sponsors change their minds about their child continuing as a Beacon Scholar.

The award of a Beacon Scholarship is for up to one-third of tuition fees only (including boarding where applicable). Parents/Guardians/Sponsors are expected to cover additional costs such as the payment of any school deposit, school clothes, transport and extras such as school excursions and extra-curricular activities (eg music lessons).

 

3. Process/Timetable

  1. Candidates obtain and complete a Beacon Scholarship Application Form;
  2. Current school provides a Confidential School Report on the candidate;
  3. Shortlisted candidates are invited for interview and assessment;
  4. Parents are invited to submit a Financial Disclosure form;
  5. A Beacon School invites the applicant for interview and assessment;
  6. A decision is made on whether or not a Beacon Scholarship is to be awarded;
  7. An Award Letter is sent by The Beacon Equity Trust to the candidate and their Parents/Guardians/Sponsors;
  8. An Award Acceptance Form is completed by Parents/Guardians/Sponsors;
  9. A fee deposit is paid by Parents/Guardians/Sponsorsto the Beacon School;
  10. A Mentor is assigned to the Beacon Scholar by the School.

  

Process Timeline

Application process

 

4. Register and Apply

Candidates are strongly advised to check availability of Beacon Scholarship places at Beacon Partner Schools before applying. No Beacon School can have more than 3 Beacon Scholars enrolled at any given time.

Please note Opening Date for new applications. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, no advantage will be gained by applying early. Applications received after the Closing Date will be considered for the next academic year.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2018. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 WILL OPEN ON 1 AUGUST 2018.