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Free UAE School Fees Up For Grabs! GEMS Education launches scholarship programme to mark Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

GEMS Education has launched a new scholarship programme in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, which marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of the British monarch in 1952. A total of 70 scholarships, each covering the full cost of a year’s tuition, will be awarded to students from across 43 GEMS schools.

The idea of the programme is to award one scholarship for every year of the British Queen’s 70-year reign. This means that 70 pupils will be able to benefit from scholarships, each covering tuition fees for a full year, and GEMS students from across 43 GEMS schools will be eligible for scholarships.

Sunny Varkey, Founder, GEMS Education, said:

“As the UAE’s oldest and largest school operator, we have been providing a world-class education based on the British curriculum ever since 1984, when we opened GEMS Cambridge International School in Dubai. Today, the lion’s share of our schools offers British curriculum pathways and qualifications, and we know how much GEMS parents and students value these.”

“This new scholarship programme is our way of giving back to our community while recognising our strong bonds with the United Kingdom and the remarkable milestone of its much-loved monarch.”

Dino Varkey, Group Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Education, said:

“We are pleased to be able to mark this historic occasion by awarding a full year’s scholarship for each of the 70 years that the Queen has been on the throne. It is our honour and privilege to be able to support and facilitate the education of students from all over the world through this new scholarship programme.”

How to apply for the Scholarship?

Students will apply through a letter of application highlighting the Queen’s contribution to global citizenship and how these values align with their own. They will also be asked to evidence how they have furthered these values themselves. Full details and criteria will be published by shortly.


Students should start thinking about their applications straight away, as the first Scholarships awarded will apply to the 2022-23 academic session.

British curriculum schools make up the majority of GEMS schools, with GEMS students of all ages today engaged in myriad activities marking the Platinum Jubilee, joining the celebrations taking place across the United Kingdom. However, students studying any curriculum taught in GEMS schools can apply for the scholarship programme.

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Tabitha Barda
Tabitha Barda is the Senior Editor of Oxbridge educated and an award winning journalist in the UAE for more than a decade, Tabitha is one of the region's shining lights in all that is education in the emirates. A mum herself, she is passionate about helping parents - and finding the stories in education that deserve telling. She is responsible for the busy 24x7 News Desk, our Advisory Boards and Specialist Panels - and Parents United's WHICHPlaydates - a regular meeting place for UAE parents to discuss the issues that matter to them, make friends and network with others. You can often find Tabitha too on Parents United - our Facebook community board, discussing the latest schools and education issues with our parent community in the UAE - and beyond.

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