Milton Toubkin Diploma Programme Scholarship

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The Milton Toubkin Scholarship

We are excited to open our scholarship application for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The scholarship is named after our founder, Milton Toubkin, who in 1979, created his vision of ‘a school without walls’. Toubkin envisaged a school that was not only ‘without walls’ in the physical sense, but also perhaps more significantly, in the abstract sense, as a state of mind. To quote Toubkin directly, “the most important walls to escape from are those that surround our minds. Those are the walls that prevent us from seeing, and more importantly experiencing what goes on outside. A school without walls means that we know that we don’t know everything, we are constantly in search of knowledge, we are not afraid of something new or different, we are willing to risk failure. It means not always going for the easy option.”

It is this concept that set Southbank up to be the dynamic, inquiring and open-minded institution that it is today; and it is with this in mind that we open our application process for the Milton Toubkin Scholarship 2019.


Southbank's 40th Birthday

Southbank will be turning 40 years old next academic year. As such we are pleased to announce that we are awarding two scholarships for entry in September 2019 in celebration.


The aim of the scholarship

The aim of the scholarships are to enable two gifted and deserving students to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Southbank International School. The scholarships are a two-year award, dependent on a student’s sustained performance and progression, beginning in Grade 11 and finishing in Grade 12, when the students graduate.


What the scholarship covers

The scholarship awards cover 100% of the school’s tuition fees and 50% of the school’s capital development fees for the duration of the scholarship programmes. During the two years, the 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).

Please also note that one of the two scholarships will be means-tested. This will be assessed on a case by case basis, using the information provided on the Southbank Bursary Application Form. Please contact the admissions department on admissions@southbank.org to request this form.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The scholarships are aimed at new students; currently enrolled or former students of Southbank International School are not eligible. For the duration of the Diploma Programme, the scholarship students must have the appropriate immigration status to be enrolled at the school, and have a reasonable daily commute between home and school.

All applicants wishing to be considered for the scholarships 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 to 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

To apply for the Milton Toubkin Scholarship 2019, please complete the online application here. All applications must be completed via OpenApply. Unfortunately we are not able to accept paper applications. If you have any questions or for more information please contact us via email on admissions@southbank.org.

  • 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
  • Student Essays – 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 – one from the student’s Math teacher, one from the Science teacher and one from the English teacher using Southbank’s official online form
  • School reports – from the last 2 years, translated into English if applicable and combined in pfd.
  • Any relevant supporting documents – this can include test results, educational psychologist reports, medical information, special learning needs, assessment results, etc
  • Scanned copy of passport

Where English is not your mother tongue, you will be sent a link to an online English test for you to complete, unassisted, during the week commencing 28th January 2019.



Scholarship Application and Selection Timeline

Step 1

Friday 25th January 2019, 16:00 GMT: Application Deadline

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

Step 2

Friday 1st February 2019, 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 15th February 2019, 16:00 GMT: Interview Slots Confirmed

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

Friday 15th February 2019, 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 25th February 2019 – Friday 1st March 2019: 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

Friday 1st March 2019, 16:00 GMT: Scholarship offers issued to the successful candidates

The chosen candidates will be informed of their success via email by 16:00 GMT on this day, and offers will be made to them at this point.

Step 6

Friday 8th March 2019, 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 made a regular place offer for a seat in our Grade 11 class, subject to availability, for September 2019 entry.