Partial scholarships are higher than the basic scholarship. They are intended to enable children to attend Schule Schloss Salem even if their parents are unable to pay the full fees themselves. Partial Scholarships are therefore based on income. Each family is required to pay a monthly contribution as well as any additional costs incurred. We assume that this monthly contribution is one per cent of the family's gross monthly income. In relative terms, this means that all beneficiary families are charged the same amount.
As the demand for partial scholarships is very high, competition is fierce and so are our selection criteria. Basically, ‘everything has to be right’ for a partial scholarship: academic performance for a start, but not just that. The aspect of personal commitment to others is almost more important. Salem is looking for young people who want to get involved, active citizens concerned about social issues and our future. Finally, someone with interests and talents that fit our activities.
We are regularly asked about full scholarships. These are not part of our scholarship programme, which means that you cannot apply for a full scholarship to Salem. However, there are a very small number of full scholarship holders in our school community, for example orphans who have come to us through the Youth Welfare Office, or children who have fled war. The school decides on these on a case-by-case basis.
What does that mean in concrete terms?
I would like to emphasize that the scholarship holders should not put themselves under any additional pressure. We see these young people as equal members of the Salem school community, without any additional obligations per se. Of course, we hope that the commitment that was decisive for the award of the scholarship and that the good grades will be maintained. Whenever Salem celebrates or organizes something special, such as an Open House or receptions for parents or important guests, we count on the help of our students and, of course, our scholarship holders. The contribution can be a tour of the campus, a musical performance, or helping to organize the event. I know that we don't necessarily have to ask our scholars to get involved. Almost all of them do it of their own accord, taking on responsibilities in the classroom or in the boarding wings, or holding political office, even becoming school representatives. And when, at some point in the future, an alumnus, or alumna is firmly established in his or her professional life, i.e. has made it big, we are delighted that so many of them give something back to the school. Some donate and support scholars after them, many send their own children or provide opportunities through careers advice.