UWC scholarships create access and provide a life defining opportunity for young people of extra-ordinary potential from under-served communities. The life prospects of the young people who are selected and awarded UWC scholarships are likely to be profoundly enhanced through the opportunities presented by studying at a UWC school or college. The comprehensive UWC scholarship programme and fee structure aim to ensure a broad diversity of socio-economic backgrounds within the student body as well as a wide range of perspectives, interests, lived experiences and histories that the young people bring to the UWC Colleges and schools and which they are committed to sharing with others.
A UWC education is remarkably costly, as much of it, is residential, truly international and involving extensive travel and has a rich curriculum. Nevertheless, it is a uniquely important investment. The scholarships are awarded after a process of “needs assessment,” to ascertain the students’ financial needs in terms of a full or partial scholarship.
Through UWC’s comprehensive scholarship programme, about 70% of students selected by National Committees in 155 countries are accepted on either a full or partial needs-based scholarships towards their UWC experience. A full scholarship for the IB Diploma Programme at UWC Colleges includes: tuition, room and board, books, the IB Diploma Programme examination registration fees and school field trips (but not project week).