Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

The School makes a number of financial awards each year, under two main categories, Financial Assistance and Scholarships. Means-tested financial assistance is provided on the basis of financial need to help families with the cost of school fees. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of pupil merit and are irrespective of parental income.

Foundation Places

The George Watson’s Family Foundation was set up in 1997 to continue the spirit of the legacy left by George Watson. His views were clear; he wanted children from less advantaged backgrounds to enjoy the quality of education available to those more fortunate. The Foundation is funded annually by donations from parents, former pupils, staff and other supporters and by George Watson’s College.

The Foundation is funded annually by donations from parents, former pupils, staff and other supporters and by George Watson’s College.

Through the Foundation, a limited number of Foundation Places are offered each year to children whose parents would otherwise not be able to afford the school fees. This means-tested financial assistance takes the form of a discount of up to 100% of the fees and is available for children in Primary 7 to S6, with priority given to those joining us at Primary 7 and S1.

For pupils in receipt of a Foundation Place, assistance may also be provided towards the cost of school uniform, books, a laptop or tablet, school lunches and certain curricular activities such as S1 Orientation and S3 Projects. The Foundation is unable to provide any assistance towards the cost of other extra-curricular activities, music lessons or other school trips.

Short Term Fee Assistance

Short term fee assistance may be provided to families with children already in the School where a significant change in circumstances has resulted in a difficulty in paying fees and this may otherwise result in a child being withdrawn from the School.

Scholarships

Up to 11 scholarships, including two Music Scholarships, are available to pupils entering the Senior School in S1, ranging in value up to 25% of the full tuition fee. These are awarded irrespective of parental income.

Academic Scholarships

The Academic Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the Senior School Assessment taken in January/February for entry to S1, plus additional Scholarship papers in English and Mathematics. Only candidates who do particularly well in the Senior School Assessment are invited to take the additional Scholarship papers a few days later. It is not therefore necessary to apply for a Scholarship. All awards are tenable for a maximum of six years, subject to satisfactory progress in each year.

Two of the Academic Scholarships are awarded equal in value to 25% of the full tuition fee. Up to seven other Scholarships of 3% of the tuition fee are invested annually in a trust fund for the pupil, which the pupil can access when he/she leaves the School after S5 or S6.

Music Scholarships

Applicants for entry to Senior School who are musically talented can apply for the Ferguson and Bruce Music Scholarships which provide annual music tuition fees for two instruments or for voice and instrument. These are awarded on an assessment of a candidate’s musical promise made at the time of, and in conjunction with, the Senior School Assessment.

The awards are made initially for three years; their continuation after that will depend on satisfactory progress during S1 to S3 and a commitment to study Music as a main subject in school thereafter. Applicants for the Ferguson and Bruce Music Scholarships may also be considered for an Academic Scholarship.

The Enablement Fund

George Watson’s College has taken steps to improve its facilities in order that children with physical disabilities can attend the School. The purpose of The Enablement Fund is to provide further assistance for pupils with a physical disability to attend the School.

The purpose of The Enablement Fund is to provide further assistance for pupils with a physical disability to attend the School.

The Fund is dedicated specifically to help these children by giving them financial assistance to meet any additional costs they will incur by attending George Watson’s College. The financial support could be used for additional staffing, facility adaptation or equipment, depending on the need of a particular child.

Finding Out More

Please contact the Admissions Registrar if you would like to discuss any aspect of Financial Assistance and Scholarships further.