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School Scholarships – All You Need to Know

by Shruti Pandey

School scholarships are meant to offer financial support to students who are pursuing their studies at the school level. Every year, a large number of students drop out of school education in India due to financial constraints. To curb this problem of school drop-out, various organisations, institutions and government offer school scholarships. These scholarships turn out to be of great help for students who lack sufficient finances for their primary education. The prominent government departments which offer school scholarships include the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), NCERT and more.

Which are the scholarships available for school students? When and how can the students apply for these school scholarships? What are the eligibility conditions to be fulfilled? What kind of financial assistance is given under these schemes? Get an answer to all these questions in detail in this article. It acquaints you with all relevant information related to school scholarships.

School Scholarships – The Complete List

Both government and private organisations offer school scholarships for students. Among the private organisations that offer scholarships for school students, some prominent names include V-Mart, HDFC Bank, L’Oréal India, Hindustan Times Media Limited, Combined Counselling Board and more. Explore an exhaustive list of school scholarships along with their provider details and tentative application timeline in the table below. The list comprises both government and private sector scholarships that are available for school students.

Complete List of School Scholarships

S.No. Scholarship Name Provider Detail Application Timeline*
1. Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students Between March and June
2. Ujjwal Bhavishya Scholarship V-Mart Between May and June
3. L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships L’Oréal India Between June and July
4. HDFC Bank Educational Crisis Scholarship Support HDFC Bank Between June and July
5. JBNSTS Junior Scholarship Program Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) Between June and July
6. National Scholarship Exam (NSE) National Institute of Career Education (NICE) Foundation Between April and September
7. Bose Einstein Scholarship Test JMMC Research Foundation Between April and May
8. Combined Counselling Board Scholarship (CCB) Combined Counselling Board Between December and April
9. Meri Pehchaan Scholarship Times and Trends Academy (TTA) Between January and April
10. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam International Mathematics Bright Student Award Scholarship A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Welfare Society Between February and March
11. All India Scholarship Test Exam (AISTE) All India Scholarship Test Exam Between January and February
12. NTRT-GEST (Girl Education Scholarship Test) NTR Memorial Trust Between November and December
13. Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme Hindustan Times Media Limited Between October and November
14. SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S.) Science Olympiad Foundation Between April and October
15. The G.S.B. Scholarship The Gaud Saraswat Brahman Scholarship Between September and October
16. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for Minorities Girls Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), Government of India Between September and October
17. CBSE Merit Scholarship for Single Girl Child Central Board of Secondary Education Between September and October
18. Aakash National Talent Hunt Junior Exam (ANTHE) Aakash Institute Between August and October
19. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India Between November and December
20. Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India Between August and October
21. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Government of India Between August and October
22. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India Between August and October
23. Medhavi National Scholarship Scheme Human Resources & Development Mission Between November and December
24. National Science Concours (NSC) Foundation for innovation & Experiential Learning (FIEL) Between July and November
25. National Talent Search Exam NTSE National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Between August and September

*The application timeline mentioned above is tentative and may change on the discretion of the scholarship provider.

School Scholarships – Eligibility

Each school scholarship comes with certain pre-defined set of eligibility conditions. These conditions are generally based on students’ academic qualification and financial conditions. At times, some scholarships are also restricted to specific geographical locations. To get a detailed idea of the eligibility criteria for all school scholarships, go through the table given below. It provides you with in-depth information on scholarship eligibility.

Detailed Eligibility of School Scholarships

S.No. Scholarship Name Eligibility
1. Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students
  • Students studying at school and college level (Class 9 to 12, graduation, diploma, professional, ITI, Polytechnic, or Vocational courses) can apply.
  • The minimum percentage requirement in the last qualifying examination is 60% marks.
  • The annual family income should not exceed INR 4 Lakhs.
2. Ujjwal Bhavishya Scholarship
  • Students aged from 14 years to 16 years can apply.
  • They must have passed class 10 examination in 2019 with more than 75% marks.
  • The annual family income should be less than INR 2 Lakhs.
3. L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships
  • Women candidates taking admission in bachelor’s degree course in science-related fields can apply.
  • They must have passed class 12 in PCM/PCB/PCMB with at least 85% marks.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 4 Lakhs.
  • The age of the candidates must be 19 years or below.
4. HDFC Bank Educational Crisis Scholarship Support
  • The students of class 6 and above can apply for this scholarship.
  • They must be facing a family or personal crisis that has occurred during the last three years, due to which they are unable to bear the cost of education and are at the risk of dropping out.
5. JBNSTS Junior Scholarship Program
  • The students, who have passed their class 10 examination with aggregate 75% marks can apply for this scholarship.
  • They must have taken admission in class 11 (Science stream) in an institution in West Bengal.
  • They must opt for at least 3 subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.
6. National Scholarship Exam (NSE)
  • The students studying in class 5 to 12 from SSC/ ICSE/ CBSE board schools can apply.
  • Also, the students pursuing a diploma or degree course in any stream can apply.
7. Bose Einstein Scholarship Test
  • To appear for foundation level, the students must be of class 7 and 8.
  • To appear for intermediate level, the students must be of class 9 and 10.
  • To appear for upper intermediate level, the students must be of class 11 and 12.
  • To appear for major level, the students must be of undergraduate level.
8. Combined Counselling Board Scholarship (CCB)
  • Students from class 10 to post-graduation level can apply for this scholarship.
  • They must have obtained a minimum of 40% to 50% marks in the qualifying examination.
9. Meri Pehchaan Scholarship
  • The scholarship is open for students of class 10 and 12.
  • They must have scored a minimum of 65% marks.
  • They should also pass the Meri Pehchaan Test.
10. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam International Mathematics Bright Student Award Scholarship Students of class 4 to 10 are eligible to apply for the scholarship award.
11. All India Scholarship Test Exam (AISTE) The exam is open for students of class 4 to 12.
12. NTRT-GEST (Girl Education Scholarship Test)
  • The students from Andhra Pradesh and/or Telangana can apply for this scholarship.
  • They must be girl candidates appearing for class 10 examination.
  • They must also be willing to pursue further studies at NTR Junior College for Girls, Hyderabad.
13. Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme
  • The scholarship is open for students who are residents of Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Navi Mumbai, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
  • The students who reside in Mumbai must be studying in class 5 to 10.
  • The students who reside in Chandigarh and Pune must be studying in class 5 to 9.
  • The minimum percentage of marks to be scored by them in the final qualifying examination is 60% or more.
14. SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S)
  • Girl students of class 1 to 10 can apply for this scholarship.
  • Their family income should be less than INR 15,000 per month.
  • They must have scored a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in the previous class.
15. The G.S.B. Scholarship
  • Students belonging to Gaud Saraswat Brahman Community can apply.
  • They must be studying in class 5 to graduate level.
16. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for Minorities Girls
  • Girl students belonging to the Minority community can apply for this scholarship.
  • They must be studying in class 9 to 12.
  • They must have secured at least 50% marks in the previous class.
  • The annual income of the family should not exceed INR 2 Lakhs.
17. CBSE Merit Scholarship for Single Girl Child
  • The only girl child of a family can apply for this scholarship.
  • She must be a meritorious student with at least 60% or more marks in CBSE class 10 examination.
  • She must be studying in class 11 and 12 in any of the CBSE affiliated schools.
18. Aakash National Talent Hunt Junior Exam (ANTHE) Students of class 8 to 10 can apply for this exam.
19. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
  • The scholarship is open for students of class 9 to pursue studies till class 12.
  • The minimum percentage of marks to be obtained by them in class 8 should be 55%.(Note: 5% relaxation is available for SC/ST students)
  • To appear for the selection test, the students must have obtained at least 55% marks in class 7. (Note: 5% relaxation is available for SC/ST students)
  • The annual family income should be less than INR 1.50 Lakhs.
20. Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities
  • The students belonging to the minority community and studying in class 1 to 10 can apply.
  • The minimum percentage requirement in the previous examination should be 50%.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 1 Lakh from all sources.
21. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
  • The scholarship is open for disabled students studying in class 9 and 10.
  • They must have more than 40% disability.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 2.50 Lakhs from all sources.
22. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric
  • The scholarship is applicable for the wards of Beedi worker, IOMC worker, LSDM worker and Cine worker studying in class 1 to 10.
  • Their monthly income should be less than INR 10,000 (Note: For cine workers, the monthly income should be less than INR 8,000).
  • The applicants must have passed the previous examination in the first attempt.
23. Medhavi National Scholarship Scheme
  • The students who have passed class 10 or equivalent can apply for this scholarship.
  • The applicable age group is 16 to 40 years.
24. National Science Concours (NSC) The championship is open for students of class 6 to 12.
25. National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) The examination is open for students of class 10 who are studying in recognised schools.

School Scholarships – How to Apply?

The application procedure to be followed for school scholarships can be both online or offline. While most of the scholarship providers prefer the online mode of application, some providers still adopt the offline approach towards scholarship application. Refer to the table given below to check out the application process of each school scholarship. Furthermore, click on the links provided to get a step-by-step description of the application procedure.

Application Process Details of School Scholarships

S.No. Scholarship Name How to apply?
1. Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students Apply online through Buddy4Study portal.
2. Ujjwal Bhavishya Scholarship Apply online through Buddy4Study portal.
3. L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships Apply online through Buddy4Study portal.
4. HDFC Bank Educational Crisis Scholarship Support Apply online through Buddy4Study portal.
5. JBNSTS Junior Scholarship Program Apply online through JBNSTS portal or offline by sending the applications to below-given address –

JBNSTS office,

1300 Rajdanga Main Road,

Kasba, Kolkata – 700 107

West Bengal

6. National Scholarship Exam (NSE) Apply online through the registration portal of NICE Foundation.

Note: The applicants also need to pay an exam fee of INR 400 online while applying.

7. Bose Einstein Scholarship Test Offline applications can be submitted to the below given address –

JMMC Research Foundation

B.Biswas – 333/C, Jessore Road,

Kolkata – 700089

Note: Also send a bank draft of INR 600 (application fee) in favor of JMMC Institution along with the application.

8. Combined Counselling Board Scholarship (CCB) Apply online through the CCB portal.
9. Meri Pehchaan Scholarship Apply online through the official website of Times and Trends Academy (TTA)
10. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam International Mathematics Bright Student Award Scholarship Submit the applications via SMS or call on 09640527109, OR

Send the details through WhatsApp on 0091-8099589416

11. All India Scholarship Test Exam (AISTE) Eligible candidates can apply online or offline through the official website of AISTE.

Note: They need to pay an application fee of INR 249.

12. NTRT-GEST (Girl Education Scholarship Test) Apply online through the official website of NTR GEST.
13. Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme Both online and offline mode of applications is accepted. Visit the official website to apply.
14. SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S) Apply offline through respective schools.
15. The G.S.B. Scholarship Send a request for the application form and submit the completed application form to below given address –

The GSB Scholarship League

Dwaraknath Bhavan

Katrak Road, Wadala

Mumbai – 400031

16. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for Minorities Girls Apply online through Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Portal and send the hard copy of the completed application to –

Secretary and CEO,

Maulana Azad Education Foundation

Maulana Azad Campus, Chelmsford Road,

Opposite New Delhi Railway Station (Paharganj Side),

New Delhi – 110055

17. CBSE Merit Scholarship for Single Girl Child Apply online through the official website of CBSE.
18. Aakash National Talent Hunt Junior Exam (ANTHE) Apply online through the official website of Aakash Institute.
19. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal.
20. Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal.
21. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal.
22. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal.
23. Medhavi National Scholarship Scheme Apply online through the official website Medhavi National Scholarship Scheme.
24. National Science Concours (NSC) Apply online through the official website of National Science Concours.
25. National Talent Search Exam (NTSE) Apply offline through respective state liaison officers.
Also Read: SCHOLARSHIP FORM – KNOW HOW TO APPLY?

School Scholarships – Award Details

The amount of financial assistance rendered to students under different school scholarships may vary from provider to provider. It majorly depends on the class in which the student is currently studying. While some scholarships offer financial aid in the form of cash rewards, some offer assistance through discount or fee waiver. A detailed description of the rewards that school students will receive under these scholarships is given in the table below.

Award Details of School Scholarships

S.No. Scholarship Name Award Details
1. Kind Scholarship for Young Women
  • INR 6,000 per annum to class 9 and 10 students
  • INR 12,000 per annum to class 11 and 12 students
  • INR 18,000 per annum to Polytechnic/ ITI/ Diploma/ Graduation and others
2. Ujjwal Bhavishya Scholarship INR 10,000
3. L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships Up to INR 2.5 Lakhs
4. HDFC Bank Educational Crisis Scholarship Support
  • INR 10,000 for school students
  • INR 25,000 for ITI/ Diploma/ College/ University students
5. JBNSTS Junior Scholarship Program
  • Scholarship worth INR 1,000 per month for 2 years
  • Book grant of INR 2,500 per annum
  • Exposure to workshops and seminars
6. National Scholarship Exam (NSE) A cash prize of up to INR 35,000 depending on the student’s current class and rank obtained in the exam
7. Bose Einstein Scholarship Test
  • Scholarship worth INR 3,000 per month for 12 months
  • One-time book grant of INR 3,000
  • Exposure to workshops, seminars and projects
8. Combined Counselling Board Scholarship (CCB)
  • Up to 80% scholarship
  • Hostel fee discount
9. Meri Pehchaan Scholarship Tuition fee waiver from 30% to 100%
10. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam International Mathematics Bright Student Award Scholarship Cash prizes will be given to top 100 performers
11. All India Scholarship Test Exam (AISTE)
  • INR 90,000 to the first rank holder at national level
  • INR 70,000 to the second rank holder at national level
  • INR 50,000 to the third rank holder at national level
  • INR 5,000 to top 200 meritorious students at national level
  • Other benefits
12. NTRT-GEST (Girl Education Scholarship Test)
  • Top 10 rank holders get INR 5,000 per month for 2 years
  • Rank 11 to 25 get INR 3,000 per month for 2 years
13. Hindustan Times Scholarship Programme
  • Students who are residing in Mumbai receive INR 50,000
  • Students who are residing in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali receive INR 25,000
  • Students who are residing in Pune receive INR 25,000
14. SOF Girl Child Scholarship Scheme (G.C.S.S) INR 5,000 per annum
15. The G.S.B. Scholarship Variable financial assistance as per the availability of funds
16. Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship Scheme for Minorities Girls
  • For students of class 9 and 10, admission and tuition fee of up to INR 10,000 is given in 2 instalments
  • For students of class 11 and 12, admission and tuition fee of up to INR 12,000 is given in 2 instalments
17. CBSE Merit Scholarship for Single Girl Child INR 500 per month
18. Aakash National Talent Hunt Junior Exam (ANTHE) Up to 100% tuition fee waiver, registration fee and admission fee
19. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship INR 6,000 per annum
20. Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities
  • Admission fee of up to INR 500 per annum
  • Tuition fee of up to INR 350 per month
  • Maintenance allowance of up to INR 600 per month
21. Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
  • Maintenance allowance of up to INR 800 per month
  • Book grant of INR 1,000 per annum
  • Disability allowance of up to INR 4,000 per annum
22. Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric Financial aid of up to INR 1,840
23. Medhavi National Scholarship Scheme Awards up to INR 5,000
24. National Science Concours (NSC)
  • Summer Science camp
  • Junior Scientist award
  • Learning experience
  • Winner kit
  • Certificate of participation
25. National Talent Search Exam (NTSE)
  • INR 1,250 per month to class 11 and 12 students
  • INR 2,000 per month to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • For PhD students, the amount is given in accordance with UGC norms.
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