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Everything you need to know about GIIS scholarships for international students

GIIS communications team
May 19, 2021

Every parent wants quality education for their children. It becomes especially more important when a child is gifted academically or otherwise, and parents are aware that the child can excel. At GIIS Dubai, we understand the financial limitations faced by parents, and hence, we offer many scholarships to students.

The Global School Foundation seeks to ensure that deserving students can access primary education by awarding them with a GIIS scholarship. 

What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a grant awarded to a student to support their education. The good thing about scholarships is that parents and students do not need to worry about repaying the money. Our Foundation awards it to students who we believe cannot afford the education and opportunities that they have a right to. 

What are the different types of scholarships for students?

Many parents and students wrongly believe that scholarships are provided to students from humble backgrounds only. While that is true in many cases, it is important to understand the different types of scholarships available for students. 

Types of scholarship for international students

● Merit-based scholarships (H4) - Merit-based scholarships as the name suggests is awarded to meritorious students. These students would have shown skills and aptitude in a certain field, and the scholarships are designed to help them better their performances.  Academic merit scholarships, sports merit scholarships, and artistic merit scholarships are some of the  categories of merit scholarships. 

● Need-based scholarships (H4) - Need-based scholarships are awarded to help parents from poor backgrounds 

● Age and gender-based scholarships (H4) - These scholarships are offered to students of a certain age or gender. 

● Subject-specific scholarships (H4) - These are scholarships that support a specific field of study

Now that we have explained the different scholarships that a student can get, let us look at the scholarships offered by GIIS Dubai to its national and international students. 

GIIS Scholarships

GIIS Dubai offers various scholarships to its students and here is a glimpse of them. 

1. Global Future Ready Merit Scholarship

The Global Future Ready Merit Scholarship is applicable for two-years to students in  Grades 7-12. The Scholarship offers an impressive learning experience designed to help students become global citizens. The prestigious scholarship will help students get admission in reputed universities across the world. 

2. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Global Skills Scholarship

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Global Skills Scholarship is a one-year talent-based (technology) scholarship applicable to children in grades 6-12. The Scholarship seeks to recognize children with talent in digital space and encourage their natural inclination towards understanding of gadgets, applications and digital tools. 

3. 9Gems Holistic Development Scholarship

9Gems Holistic Development Scholarship is a one-year talent-based scholarship applicable to grades 1-10. Parents and students should know that the 9GEMS framework is an award-winning holistic teaching methodology. It is designed to groom students and hone their inherent strengths to make them well rounded individuals. 

4. Zayed Gandhi Merit Cum Means Scholarship

The Zayed Gandhi Merit Cum Means Scholarship is a two-year scholarship, offered to students of Nursery, Kindergarten 1-2 and grades 1-10. It is applicable for families with a gross family income below 10000 AED to 18000 AED. The scholarship is for students. The Scholarship seeks to foster an outstanding learning experience that will prepare students to become global students.

Please visit our GIIS Dubai scholarship page for the details or contact our admission counsellor to know more. 

The Importance of Scholarship for students

Many parents are hesitant to apply for scholarships because of the misconception that it is for students of poor families. Students from all backgrounds have an edge with a scholarship. 

1. Helps a Student to access Quality Education

A GIIS scholarship helps students study at GIIS Dubai, a school renowned for its academic and extracurricular performances. Students have access to the schools’ infrastructure, facilities, the 9GEMs, an award-winning teaching methodology and much more. 

Such a school is equipped with competent and experienced teachers who impart quality knowledge and information to students, hence guaranteeing an academically intelligent student. The schools also have adequate facilities such as libraries and laboratories, which allow students to gain more knowledge and conduct practical experiments. 

2. Helps a student land an excellent job in the future

Some scholarships guarantee the student a job after completing their University studies once they perform exemplary. Therefore, the students are motivated to work even harder at the University to land the job. 

Even when there is no guarantee of a job after school, mentioning that you benefitted from a scholarship in your resume gives you a competitive advantage in job hunting over other applicants.

In most cases, for one to land a scholarship, they must be focused and hardworking; therefore, any organization will be thrilled to have you in their workforce. A scholarship increases your chances of landing a well-paying job in the future than a learner who studied without one. 

3. Scholarships create a sense of self-pride and prestige

Winning a scholarship is not an easy task. There are a lot of tests and interviews. To stand out from all other applicants is something to be proud of. It shows that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, with hard work, focus, passion, and determination. It motivates you to strive harder to fulfill all your career goals and aspirations. 

You also get to stand out from your peers and gain recognition as you inspire them to work harder and achieve all you have achieved. It promotes healthy competition between you and your friends.

The Following is a Guide on How to Apply for a GIIS Scholarship in Dubai

Step 1:  Select the level of Scholarship

All the scholarships awarded in Dubai are available on one page. So when you log in to the web page, you will find a list of all scholarship levels. You should click the Scholarship you want to apply for depending on the status of your education. The Scholarship levels, including undergraduate, post-graduate, and fellowship levels of Scholarship, to mention a few. For instance, if you recently completed your high school education, you should select the undergraduate level of Scholarship and so on. 

Step 2: Select the Year of Application

Once you have successfully selected the scholarship level, the next step is to choose the year you want to apply for the Scholarship. Is it the next academic year 2020-2021? Click on your preferential year.

Step 3: Select the Name of the Scholarship

After you have successfully selected your scholarship preferential year, you will be provided with a list of all the available Scholarships for that year, such as the Global Indian International school scholarship. Choose the name of the Scholarship you want to apply for. 

Step 4: Fill in the Required Details

Every available Scholarship differs in its requirements depending on the organization funding the Scholarship. Therefore, a student should carefully follow the instructions provided and provide the relevant information. 

Step 5: Submit your Application (H4)

After you have keenly filled in the details and proofread the work to ensure that you have not made any careless mistakes, click on the submit button. Take time to go through the application before submitting it to avoid careless mistakes that could cost you your university scholarship funding.

To increase your chances of winning a scholarship

1. Observe the eligibility Criteria

Ensure that you only apply for scholarships that you are eligible for. If a scholarship requires that you have a specific academic grade, then apply if you have the required score. Sending applications for scholarships that you do not meet the requirements guarantees immediate dismissal. 

2. Always attach the Required Documents

Most GIIS scholarships require that you attach academic performance records and proof of family financial income. Therefore, you should ensure that you have all the documents before submitting your application form. 

3. Submit a polished Application

Ensure that your application is free from grammatical errors. The application helps to create an excellent first impression of you. It is, therefore, vital that you make it worthwhile. Your application should be error-free to increase the chances of being called for an interview. 

4. Observe Deadlines

Ensure that you submit your application before the set due date.

Familiarize yourself with the GIIS scholarships, and all the best in finding a scholarship that best suits you!

GIIS communications team

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