Benefits of merit scholarships offered in schools for your child

Rupali Karekar
Jan 14, 2022

Every student deserves the opportunity to attend a top school, have access to abundant educational resources, and learn from well-trained educators. For these reasons, education institutions award scholarships. Merit scholarships motivate students to perform well apart from reducing the financial strain. These scholarships at schools in Singapore could be full or partial coverage of tuition fees.

The other benefits of scholarship at school are that they bring recognition, motivation and confidence. Let’s understand what a merit-based scholarship is and the advantages of earning one at school. 

What is a Merit-Based Scholarship?

A merit scholarship is awarded to students based on their excellence in different areas such as academics, sports, arts and so on. A student has to show exemplary performance in a particular area of interest to get the scholarship.

Unlike a need-based scholarship that considers a student’s financial situation, a merit-based scholarship is for anyone who meets the skills criteria.

Benefits of Earning a Merit Scholarship 

When your child earns a scholarship by doing their best, they learn the importance of hard work and compassion. Awarded for dedication to grades, sports, artistic abilities or their community, scholarships prove to students that good deeds do get noticed. Students receive reinforcement for being a positive presence in and out of the classroom. Some of the other benefits are: 

1. Enhances your resume: When it's time to move beyond the 12 years of learning at school, scholarship recipients have additional rights to take pride in their achievements. It gives a boost during college admissions and on job resumes. Being identified as high achievers, it gives them a competitive edge.

2. Source of recognition and pride: Whether the scholarship has been awarded for  academic or non-academic achievements, it’s a source of pride for both students and parents. The recognition to do well, excel and maintain that reputation also builds a student’s self-confidence in the process.

3. Offsets tuition cost: A scholarship can easily help offset the cost of tuition, a boost for families, allowing them to save and use the funds for future studies. 

Scholarships Offered at GIIS

From Grades 1 through 12, a variety of scholarships are available at GIIS. The idea is to give all students an equal footing and access to GIIS’ state-of-the-art facilities, faculty and multiple international curricula.

For merit-based scholarships, GIIS looks at more than just academic performance as part of its 9GEMS holistic educational framework. Scholarships are also awarded for sports ability, personal development and technology skills. Students are often chosen because they've led by example, both academically and in other areas of life. 

They could have mastered the art of being a kind citizen, or have worked hard to improve their community. They may be gifted at mathematics or soccer, fluent in the arts or several languages.

In other words, our scholarships are based on more than just financial needs or test scores. As a result, a wider sampling of students across a broader spectrum can benefit. 

GIIS students are awarded scholarships for demonstrating excellence in sports

Our scholarships include:

● Mahatma Gandhi Universal Values Merit-cum-Means Scholarship: Open to residents of Singapore who have demonstrated both academic merit and financial need.

● 9GEMS Holistic Development Scholarship: Open to students who have demonstrated a good balance between academic performance and extracurricular activity.

● Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Global Skills Scholarship: Designed to reward students for excellence in science and technology skills.

● Global Future-Ready Merit Scholarship: Rewards high academic achievers to attend our school as a pathway to esteemed universities.

● Global Citizen Scholarship: Allows distinguished students from ASEAN, South Asian, Gulf & European Union countries to attend our state-of-the-art SMART Campus, Singapore.

Most scholarships are awarded every three months, four times a year, by the Global Schools Foundation. 

To be eligible, families must apply within the application timeline, and students must meet the individual requirements.

Outcomes of Scholarships

These scholarships serve as the best type of motivators for our students who continue to excel in and out of the classrooms. If you would like more information about admission to GIIS, Singapore or wish to learn more about the availability of scholarships, contact our admissions office today. 

Rupali Karekar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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