The Milton Toubkin Diploma Programme Scholarship

The application process for our scholarship for the 2021/2022 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. Interviews will be conducted either in person in London* or via Google Meet.

* Please note that all interviews for 2021 may be conducted via Google Meet subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

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 ‘Based on what you know about Southbank International School and its Mission, what would you bring to the school and what do you hope to take away after two years?’
  • Four teacher references using Southbank’s official online form – one from a Maths teacher, one from a Science teacher, one from an English teacher and a character reference. The character reference is to be completed by the Principal or member of staff who is best able to complete this form (e.g. Guidance counsellor, Homeroom teacher, Housemistress/master, other senior leader).
  • 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 25 January 2021.

Scholarship application and selection timeline

MTS applications to open on Monday 07 December 2020 at 10.00 GMT.

Step 1

Friday 22nd January 2021, 16:00 GMT: Application deadline

Please complete your application via OpenApply by this date. Please ensure you select the application for Milton Toubkin Scholarship 2021-2022 from the drop down menu under Start Application. Any applications received after 22 January may not be considered.

Step 2

Friday 29th January 2021, 16:00 GMT: 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

Friday 12th February 2021, 16:00 GMT: Interview slots confirmed

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

Friday 12th February 2021, 16:00 GMT: 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

Monday 22nd February 2021 – Friday 5th March 2021: 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 Google Meet (those candidates unable to attend a face to face interview in London).

* Please note that all interviews for 2021 may be conducted via Google Meet subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Step 5

Monday 8th March 2021, 16:00 GMT: Scholarship offer issued to the successful candidate

The chosen candidate will be informed of their success via email by 16:00 GMT and an offer will be made to them at this point.

Step 6

Friday 12th March 2021, 16:00 GMT: All shortlisted candidates made aware of the outcome

All shortlisted candidates who were not successful in their application for the Scholarship will be offered a regular place in our Grade 11 class (subject to availability), for September 2021 entry.

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