The Milton Toubkin Diploma Programme Scholarship

The application process for our scholarship for the 2020/2021 academic year is now closed.


The aim of our scholarship

Named after Milton Toubkin, one of Southbank’s founders, the aim of our scholarship is to enable a gifted and deserving student to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Southbank International School.

The scholarship is a two-year award, dependent on a student’s sustained performance and progression, and begins in Grade 11 and finishes in Grade 12, when a student graduates.

What our scholarship covers

The scholarship award covers up to 100% of the school’s tuition fees and up to 50% of the school’s capital development fees for the duration of the scholarship programme.

During the two years of the Diploma Programme, a scholarship student’s family will still be wholly responsible for any other financial commitments, which include, but are not limited to, the £2,000 refundable deposit, annual PTA (Parent Teacher Association) fees, cost of residential events, and the IB Diploma exam fees.

Candidates must be living at home with at least one family member, and must be available for an interview (either in person in London or via Skype

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The scholarship is aimed at new students, which means currently enrolled or former students of Southbank International School are not eligible.

For the duration of the Diploma Programme, the scholarship student must have the appropriate immigration status to be enrolled at the school, and have a reasonable daily commute between home and school.

Every applicant wishing to be considered for a scholarship must fully meet or exceed all of the following criteria:

  • Above average academic achievement and potential.
  • Evidence of extra-curricular interests and activities.
  • Commitment to Southbank and the International Baccalaureate curriculum.
  • Commitment to qualities and behaviours consistent with the IB learner profile.
  • High standard of academic English (applicants will be required to take an online English test).

How to apply

All applications must be completed via OpenApply. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept paper applications. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us at

  • Application form – completed in English.
  • A personal statement outlining your reasons for applying and why you believe you should be selected for the scholarship.
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Two handwritten essays (max 500 words each) with the following titles: ‘How can good come out of a bad experience?’ and ‘What I hope to offer as a student to Southbank International School’.
  • Three teacher references using Southbank’s official online form – one from a student’s Maths teacher, one from a Science teacher and one from an English teacher.
  • School reports from the last two years (translated into English, if applicable, and presented together in a PDF).
  • Any relevant supporting documents – this can include test results, educational psychologist reports, medical information, special learning needs, assessment results, etc.
  • Scanned copy of applicant’s passport.

If English is not the first language of an applicant, they will be sent a link to an online English test. This will need to be completed, without assistance, during the week commencing 27 January 2020.

Scholarship application and selection timeline

Step 1

27th January 2020: Application deadline

Please complete your application by this date. Any applications received after this point may not be considered.

Step 2

3 February 2020: English Tests to be completed

You will receive the details of the online English Test (if applicable) via email. This test will need to be submitted and completed by this date.

Step 3

17th February 2020: Interview slots confirmed

All shortlisted candidates will be informed of their allocated time for interview.


17 February 2020: All unsuccessful candidates notified of the outcome.

If your application has not been shortlisted for consideration, you will be notified of this via email.

Step 4

24 February – 6 March 2020: Shortlisted candidates interviewed

Interviews will be conducted by the Scholarship Committee either in person (those candidates able to attend a face to face interview in London), or via Skype (those candidates unable to attend a face to face interview in London).

Step 5

9 March 2020: Scholarship offer issued to the successful candidate

The chosen candidate will be informed of their success via email, and an offer will be made to them at this point.

Step 6

13 March 2020: All shortlisted candidates made aware of the outcome

All shortlisted candidates who were not successful in their application for the Scholarship will be e offered a regular place in our Grade 11 class, (subject to availability), which commences studies in September 2020.

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