The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) continues to gain popularity in the academic scene in Hong Kong, especially with students planning on studying abroad in the US, the UK, and other international destinations for university.
As Hong Kong parents and students increasingly set their eyes on international university destinations, educational programmes such as the IBDP have become a worthy investment to aid their children’s journey in life. To cover the tuition costs for international education, scholarships are an excellent option for families and students.
At Stamford American School Hong Kong, students can apply for an external scholarship programme that democratises international curriculums.
According to a survey conducted by the International Insight Research Group and International Baccalaureate Organisation, the acceptance rate of IB students into Ivy League universities is 18 percent higher than students taking other higher-level exams, whilst that of other universities is 22 percent higher. But higher acceptance rates are not the only thing IBDP can offer students. Sporting a comprehensive programme, the IBDP curriculum fosters talents across multiple disciplines to holistically prepare graduates for university life, equipping them with the skills and global mindset to excel.
“Spirit of Stamford” is designed to enable selected students to attend the IBDP or other diploma pathways offered at Stamford American School Hong Kong without the burden of tuition fees. The programme is open to all students across Hong Kong, even to those who have no previous experience with the IB curriculum or international schools.
The scholarship programme recognises talented students in a variety of disciplines, including the arts, athletics, academics, leadership, and STEM and innovation, a core part of the Stamford curriculum. Applicants must demonstrate achievements in these areas, and evidence of Stamford’s core values: integrity, courage, innovation, and compassion.
Financial considerations aside, children of all socioeconomic backgrounds should be encouraged to apply, as scholarships are a crucial asset to add to university applications.
“The application and interview process allows students to practice skills that develop university readiness. Students gain confidence by reflecting on their talents and presenting them in the written application and panel interview. When looking back at their past few high school years and achievements, this clarity is critical as they move toward graduation,” says Teresa Foard, secondary principal at Stamford American School Hong Kong.
Part of an international schools group, Cognita, the Stamford campus is well-equipped with first-class facilities, extensive course choices, and highly experienced faculties.
Unique to Stamford, small cohorts and class sizes allow faculties and university preparation support staff to deliver highly personalised support for graduates, putting students in close communication with the dean of academics and the university counsellor.
Students can choose from three diploma pathways. All graduates will receive a Stamford American School diploma recognised by institutions globally. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to add the full IBDP or a selection of some IBDP courses to their diploma, similar to the Advanced Placement Programme (AP), all of which benefit students who are planning to enter universities in the US and Canada.
The earlier your child’s entry into Stamford, the better they can immerse themselves in the holistic education of the school. In Grades 9 and 10, students have a chance to participate in the Cornerstones Programme’s unique industry-based experiences made available through partnerships with expert professionals. Students will complete four semester-long, real-life projects that are relevant to their academic and social development.
The “Spirit of Stamford” external scholarship is open to non-Stamford students currently enrolled in Grades 9 to 11 across Hong Kong. Registrations close on 16 January 2023. Applicants must submit a Stamford scholarship and school application form, recent academic reports, and a reference letter from a current teacher.
Full details regarding the application process can be found online on Stamford’s scholarship information page. It is free to apply for the scholarship. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed, and awards will be announced in March.
If you are considering an international curriculum for your child’s secondary education, or looking for an opportunity to switch schools, apply for the programme here!