Scholarships




ISL offers a limited number of scholarships each year for exceptional students.

Types of Scholarships

ISL awards 2 half-scholarships each year to students entering the 2 year IGCSE courses (Years 10-11) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Years 12-13). Each scholarship is for 2 years tutition.

The allocation of scholarship funds is balanced between awards to incoming students and awards to students already on campus. Consequently, there are two types of scholars for each programme, Internal Scholarships may be awarded to current ISL students while External Scholarships may be awarded to a non-ISL student.

The half-scholarship covers half of the annual tuition fees and the provision of a graphical display calculator. For external scholarships only, the cost of one annual curriculum-related, residential field trip within Zambia is also paid.

Scholarship awards should serve two equally valuable purposes, recognition of overall merit and achievement and provision of financial support where needed.

For incoming students, scholarship applicants are evaluated in a competitive context. For current ISL students, scholarships recognize concrete achievements during a student's career study at school.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are aimed at all-round students who make a significant contribution to many aspects of school life. As a general rule, the expectation is that students receiving scholarships should display two or more of the following attributes:

Academic Merit
A strong record of high academic achievement is expected if the student is going to achieve at a high level in the school academic programme.
Creative Accomplishment
Students must demonstrate originality and innovation in the arts and humanities, sciences, or social sciences.
Character
Scholarship applicants may have overcome personal obstacles related to health, family, social, educational or economic disadvantages. Any circumstance that shows strength of character in overcoming such obstacles and potential for achievement may be taken into account by the committee.
Community Service
The committee considers not simply a student’s contribution to community service but, more importantly, the impact the service has had on a particular individual or group. The committee will take into account commitment, volunteerism, service learning, field-work, internships and other activities that show civic responsibility and personal engagement with others.
Leadership
Students will be at an advantage if they can demonstrate experience in leading groups and providing direction to others including teaching, training, organizing, managing and carrying responsibility for a club, activity, group or organization.
Financial Need
The committee may take into consideration the family's financial situation when awarding scholarships. A half-scholarship may assist a family who cannot afford full tuition fees, yet they must be able to pay the half-fees.

Applying for a Scholarship

The following is the application procedure for internal applicants:

Scholarship candidates should write a formal application letter to the Secondary Principal explaining why they should be considered for the scholarship (see the selection criteria). Applications will initially be rated and ranked by the Secondary Principal.
The committee will review the applicant’s academic achievements by reference to school reports for Years 8 and 9, weighted towards the current year.
The committee will review the student’s contribution to school life e.g. student council, sports, extracurricular activities etc, based on a survey completed by relevant teachers and the student’s current form tutor. Students may be asked to complete the same survey as part of a self-assessment.
All candidates will take part in a group activity (e.g. discussion, teamwork or role-play) facilitated by the Secondary Principal, the criteria for scoring to be determined and scored by observers (e.g. Principal, School counsellor, scholarship committee)
Up to 3 finalists will be interviewed by the scholarship committee before a final decision is made.

The following is the application procedure for external applicants:

Scholarship candidates should write a formal application letter to the Secondary Principal of ISL explaining why they should be considered for the scholarship (see the selection criteria). Applications will initially be rated and ranked by Secondary Principal.
Applicants should include with their application, copies of their school reports for last 2 years as well as any other relevant qualifications or completion certificates from those years, a testimonial from their school summarizing their contribution to the academic and extracurricular programme at their current school and 2 references, including one from a teacher.
The complete application package should be sent or delivered directly to the school at the address on the right hand side of this page.

Information for all Applicants

The following information applies to all applicants:

The deadline for delivery of completed scholarship applications is: 1400 hours, 3rd Friday in April preceding the start of the school year in August.
Successful candidates will be notified of the scholarship award by the 1st Friday after 6th June preceding the start of the school year in August.
The parent/guardian of the successful applicant will be required to confirm that they are able and willing to pay half of the ISL annual tuition fees (Falling behind in tuition fee payments will lead to cancellation of the scholarship).
Scholarships are given for two years for either the IGCSE or the IBDP. IGCSE (Year 10-11) scholarships do not extend into IBDP (Years 12-13). Students would need to reapply at the end of Year 11 if they wish to be considered for an IBDP scholarship following on from an IGCSE scholarship.
The school will not enter into any correspondence or discussion with unsuccessful candidates regarding their applications or the school’s decisions on awarding the scholarships.