Prospective recipients who were born between September 1, 2001 and August 31, 2002, and who can demonstrate a proven academic ability and a clear potential for success are invited to submit
an application by March 8, in order to be shortlisted for exams and the final interview round, starting on Tuesday, March 15.
To find out more about the scholarships and screening criteria, The Phuket Newssat down with KIS’ Head of Secondary Gareth Eynon.
“In launching the initial scholarships, our primary aim is to promote and develop the school’s culture of excellence,” Mr Eynon explained. “The school’s vision is of building a culture that embodies individual excellence within the academic, the expressive arts and the extracurricular, with creativity at the core.”
Mr Eynon noted that the number of scholarships will be determined by interest and performance. “With the support of the governing body, bursaries are associated with these scholarship awards, but whether that will equate into full scholarships for a few exceptional students, or partial scholarships for several studentsreally depends on the quality of the individual applications,” he said.
The shortlisting criteria will emphasise on academics, at least initially.
“We anticipate for the programme to grow year on year, and ultimately spread to other areas, be it the expressive and performing arts, or sports,” he added.
While exceptional Science and Math abilities are sought, the level of English language ability is an equally critical criteria in confirming applicants, Mr Eynon stresses.
“Entry into Year 10, at the start of the two-year IGCSE programme, in which virtually everything is delivered through English is particularly challenging for second language learners.To reach their potential, therefore, it is important that students have a sound level of English language acquisition.
”Nonetheless, individuals who demonstrate exceptional abilities in Science or Math, but who are still developing their English skills, are certainly encouraged to apply.
Both existing KIS students as well as students enrolled at other academic institutions are invited to submit applications.
To apply, prospective recipients are invited to prepare and submit a resume, a letter of application, along with existing school reports, which together clearly outline and highlight the student’s personal background, achievements and abilities.
“The letter of application, or a personal statement, should explain, in the student’s own words, who they are, their interests and opinions, as well as their passions and achievements which will help to illustrate why they’re deserving of consideration for a scholarship – what can they present about themselves that evidences that degree of academic ability and potential for success,” he explained.
Elaborating on how the scholarship selection will evaluate a student’s “potential”, Mr Eynon highlighted several criteria they are looking for, including “diversity of outlook”, “flexibility”, “sense of innovation and creativity” and the ability to “think outside the box”.
“We’re looking to encourage students to take risks; for students with leadership potential, who can demonstrate a sense of responsibility and actively reflect on their performance,” he said.
For enquiries and further information about the school and the academic scholarships programme, please contact School Admissions on: 0896527599 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit through the school website (www.kisphuket.ac.th).