The UWCSEA Scholarship Programme provides access to the highest quality education for young people who otherwise might not have the privilege of educational choice, reinforcing UWCSEA’s commitments to both academic excellence and serving others.
Scholars and non-scholars alike discuss the political realities of their home countries, share traditions and develop lifelong friendships, with diverse points of view and life experiences helping to enrich learning and growth for all.
Who We Serve
Scholars are selected through the UWC National Committees, a network of more than 3,000 parent and community volunteers that works in 150 countries worldwide to identify young people with the promise and potential to make a positive impact. Scholars are selected on the basis of their intellectual curiosity, resilience, socio-economic need and proven, active commitment to making the world a better place.
UWCSEA’s scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and often experience challenging life circumstances, including financial hardship and civil unrest. Several young scholars each year are internally displaced people, forced to flee their homes in the months or years prior to joining the College resulting in disruption to their educational journeys. With diversity as a core value, UWCSEA seeks to continue to identify scholars from new geographies, backgrounds and perspectives who can both benefit from the gift of a UWC education and bring new awareness, experience and depth to the College and our students.
As scholars approach graduation, they work with our UWCSEA university advisors to explore post-UWCSEA pathways, which in some cases include a gap year to give back to their communities and countries back home or to put their ideals into action. All scholars are eligible for higher education scholarships through the Shelby Davis Dare to Dream Scholarship Programme. A gift to support scholarships at UWCSEA therefore unlocks further investment in our students and truly sets them on a path to reaching their full potential and making a real difference in their communities.
“I’m one of the lucky ones.”
Sreylin came to UWCSEA in 2013 on a five-year donor funded scholarship. She graduated in 2018 and is currently attending Davidson College (USA) and will graduate in 2022. Here’s the story of her UWCSEA journey. Read more
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UWCSEA has challenged me, taught me, changed me, transformed me, and will continue to stay with me as I graduate from this incredible school which took me out of my comfort zone and awakened me to become a globetrotting changemaker.
Caspar Oehlers ‘19, Scholar from Denmark
Years duration of scholarships
Age at enrolment of most scholars
Funding Needs: What a Scholarship Provides
For scholars joining UWCSEA in 2021, each full scholarship will cost S$170,000, and supports a 2-year International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma education. This includes
- tuition fees
- boarding fees
- compulsory outdoor education and activity programme fees
- IB Diploma examination fees
- school supplies including a laptop and uniforms
- standard medical insurance
- allowance for other expenses and incidentals eg pocket money, paid activities
Scholarships also cover compulsory trips, standard medical insurance, and an allowance for other expenses and incidentals. We acknowledge the investment for an individual scholarship at UWCSEA is significant and we welcome other giving levels to our wider Scholarship Fund where supporters can join together to fund a student in need.
Opportunities for Engagement
As a Scholarship Programme donor, there are many ways to be involved, get to know our scholars, and see the impact of your gift in action. Supporters are invited to events, such as the annual Scholars Dinner, and can participate in programmes such as Home Away from Home, which offers the opportunity to invite a scholar or other boarding student to join your family for a meal at your home. Recognizing it may not be possible for all supporters to join in-person events, donors receive annual impact reports where scholars share their insights about life on campus, favourite courses and teachers, learnings that will stay with them, and plans post-graduation.