Academic scholarships

In line with our mission to provide a high-quality education to academically motivated children from diverse backgrounds, KIST provides monetary awards through two separate scholarship programs that are offered to hardworking students who meet particular criteria. The criteria for receipt of the awards are determined in line with the school’s guiding statements.


KIST Scholars' Awards

KIST Scholars' Awards recognize students in Grades 7 through 12 for their commitment to our school mission through dedication to their studies and compassion for others, and by acting as role models for other students. The awards are offered in the form of scholarships to students who make significant contributions to our school community by demonstrating qualities that truly represent the spirit of the school. Students in their first year of enrollment at KIST are not eligible to apply for a KIST Scholars' Award.

There are four categories of KIST Scholars' Awards as outlined below:

Category Award
Platinum Award Full scholarship covering 100% of the tuition fees for one school year
Gold Award Partial scholarship covering 75% of the tuition fees for one school year
Silver Award Partial scholarship covering 50% of the tuition fees for one school year
Bronze Award Partial scholarship covering 25% of the tuition fees for one school year

Awards cover tuition fees only for the period of one school year. All other school fees are required in full.

KIST Scholars' Awards are determined according to student attainment against set criteria. Although the process is competitive, there is no minimum/maximum number of awards offered each year; if there are no suitable candidtaes in one or more categories, no awards will be offered in those categories.

Selection criteria relate to a number of areas, as follows, based on the performance of candidates during the year of application. Awards are granted to students who:

  • are academically motivated high achievers.
  • attend school on a regular basis with few absences.
  • fulfill their Service/CAS requirements.
  • behave appropriately and adhere to school rules and policies.
  • contribute to creating a positive learning environment.
  • are good role models.
  • have parents who are supportive and cooperative and participate in school events and other activities.

Information regarding the awards and the application process is distributed to families after the start of the school year. 


KIST 'Learning for Life' University Support Scholarships

The Diploma Programme (DP) offered at KIST in Grades 11 and 12 is a very challenging program that is recognized worldwide as a program for academically motivated students. Successful completion of the DP enables students who achieve high scores to go on to leading universities around the world. KIST 'Learning for Life' University Support Scholarships recognize hardworking students who meet set criteria, one of which is to achieve high scores in their final year of the DP.  These scholarships, which were introduced during the 2011-12 school year, are in place to recognize student commitment during their final year of study, to celebrate high accomplishment, and to support students with their tertiary education as they continue 'learning for life'.

There are three categories of university support scholarships as follows:

Category DP Score Award
Gold Award 45 points 2,000,000 yen cash scholarship
Silver Award 44 points 1,000,000 yen cash scholarship
Bronze Award 42-43 points 500,000 yen cash scholarship

In addition to achieving a high DP score, successful recipients are students who:

  • graduate from KIST with a full IB Diploma.
  • will enter university the year after graduation from KIST.
  • have not been absent for more than a specified percentage during the school year.
  • have displayed responsible conduct during Grades 11 and 12.

Specific requirements for each criterion are distributed each year; however, applications are not required as all students in Grade 12 who meet the criteria are eligible. Awardees, if any, are announced at the beginning of the school year following graduation.