Glenalmond College offers an outstanding learning environment for all young people to excel. Pupils with exceptional potential, who intend to join Glenalmond in our Third Form, can apply for Scholarships in their area of excellence. As well as the kudos of being a Glenalmond Scholar, successful applicants also benefit from a fee remission, of up to 10%.
The scholarships come in two forms: named Academic Scholarships; and College Scholarships in Art, Drama, Music, Piping or Sport. Any combination of these can be held simultaneously but the total remission of fees is 10%. Any parent may enter their child for either or both types of Scholarship. We would be pleased to answer any queries parents or pupils have about our Scholarship programme.
A Scholarship or Award Holder is a recognition of excellence and potential in candidates from any background, and therefore can be held along with a bursary (means-tested fee assistance).
For further details regarding scholarships please see the Sports & Awards, Admission for Entry 2021.
Scholarship Examinations and Interviews for pupils already accepted for a place in Third Year the following autumn, and for those yet to register, take place in February each year. This experience is designed to bring out the best in candidates applying for these prestigious awards.
At Glenalmond College, Scholars benefit from a rich academic environment, a challenging intellectual programme and the company of like-minded young people. Their programme of taught courses from Third Year to Upper Sixth is designed to develop critical thinking, problem solving and cognitive flexibility. Scholars are encouraged to engage in the exploration of a great body of knowledge, and, explicitly, they learn how to learn.
Extensive academic tutoring is complemented by specialist mentors, who support the development of the skills and strategies needed for entry into elite academic institutions.
All Scholars are members of the William Bright Society, which provides a ‘thinking series’ of meetings and a ‘lecture series’ of visiting speakers, both of which are designed to open young minds to new ideas and ways of thinking. Our Elite Preparation programme prepares senior pupils for the process of applying to the most demanding academic courses at Oxbridge and elsewhere.
Candidates should have a keen interest in Art (any medium), be inquisitive and have a strong work ethic. Candidates will be expected to play an active part in the Art department, both in lessons and outside, for the duration of their time at Glenalmond.
Candidates should have a strong interest in Drama, both in and outside of the classroom. If appointed in the junior school they will be expected to study Drama as one of their GCSE options. Depending on the point of entry they are also expected to play a role in the junior or senior production each year as a performer, director, technician or stage manager.
Music Scholars demonstrate exceptional musical dedication: they act as role models to their peers, taking lead positions in ensembles appropriate to their skills. If appointed while Juniors, they are required to select GCSE Music as one of their options.
Candidates should have an enthusiastic approach to learning and performing on their instrument, committing to full membership of the band for the duration of their time at Glenalmond.
We currently offer scholarships in the main sports played at Glenalmond, which are Rugby, Hockey (boys and girls), Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Swimming and Golf.
With each discipline, scholar candidates will be asked to demonstrate their skills and strengths through a variety of means and will be assessed by sports staff. Scholars will be expected to demonstrate a positive attitude, and fully engage in school sports, throughout their time at Glenalmond and act as ambassadors for the College at all times. Sport has the ability to inspire people and, indeed, change lives for the better.
To celebrate the centenary of our James Braid designed course we are now offering scholarships as part of the golf program at Glenalmond College.
Candidates will be asked to provide a golfer's CV outlining tournament results in national, county and club events along with a current handicap certificate. Golf scholars will be expected to fully engage with all aspects of the golf program, represent the College at individual and team events and be seen as an ambassador for the Glenalmond Golf School.