with HMC Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

British boarding schools are amongst the very best schools in the

HMC Projects is a charitable trust which organises two scholarship programmes for very bright and able 16/17 year-olds in 14 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It takes about 90 scholars each year and places them in some 60 boarding schools in all parts of the UK, so that they can study for the full two-year Sixth Form programme and take internationally recognised qualifications (A Levels, the International Baccalaureate or Scottish Highers).

Could you win a scholarship?
· Are you bright, able, adaptable, different, ambitious, interesting?
· Do you have consistently excellent school grades?
· Do you have a very good command of English, spoken and written?
· Are you a self-starter?
· Could you not only cope, but thrive in a new environment, away from home, immersed in a different approach to learning?
· Could you contribute to your new school academically, socially, culturally, in the arts, in sports? Will you inspire others in the classroom?
· Are you ready to make new, lifelong friends?
· Would you be a great ambassador for your own country?

Why might a top British boarding school want to award you a scholarship? The value of a full scholarship is between £35,000 and £40,000 each year. Why might a school wish to award you such a generous scholarship?
Because you answered yes to all the questions above….and because top British boarding schools want to attract top students….
To apply…
· You must be no younger than 16.0 and no older than 17.6 on 1st September 2018;
· You must intend to study for the full two years of the Sixth Form;
· Your parents or guardians must support your desire to win a scholarship;
· You must apply via the HMC Projects Country Coordinator in your country.
You will need to complete a detailed application form in which you tell us about yourself and your achievements and write about why you want to win a scholarship. You will also organise references from your teachers, take an English Language test and, if invited, you will attend an interview in your own country with one or more representatives of HMC Projects. Competition for these scholarships is intense, but if you don’t apply….!

Two Scholarship Programmes:
The Full Scholarship.
HMC Projects Full Scholarships are intended to benefit those whose parents cannot afford to pay full United Kingdom boarding school fees. Schools participating in the Scheme consider this to be part of how they offer public benefit. HMC Projects has therefore decided that the combined parental income of applicants must not exceed £30,000 as assessed during 2017. Your scholarship will cover all your tuition, food and accommodation. You will receive a bursary of £300 to help with other expenses. You will attend an orientation course in Cambridge with all the other scholars at the start of your time in the UK.
The Reduced Fee Scholarship.
If your family’s income exceeds £30,000 you are eligible to apply for a reduced fee scholarship. Reduced fee scholars typically pay between £6,000 and £8500 each year. This covers tuition, food and accommodation and you will also attend the Cambridge orientation course.

What will you have to pay?
If you win a full scholarship your family will have to pay:
· an administration fee of £1750 if you hold a EEA passport;
· an administration fee of £1250 if you hold a non-EEA passport plus visa and
healthcare costs;
· your travel costs to and from the UK.
If you win a reduced fee scholarship your family will have to pay:
· reduced school fees – typically between £6,000 and £8,000 each year;
· visa and healthcare costs if you are from a non EEA country;
· your travel costs to and from the UK.
Applications are made through your HMC Projects Country Coordinator around November time. Information about making an application would normally be found on the website of the Country Coordinator. Selection Interviews take place in your country in January or February. Those awarded scholarships start the new school year in September.

Where can I find out more?
· You will find a full introduction to the work of HMC Projects on our website:
· The sections Student FAQs, Comments from Scholars, Thoughts about my Year will provide answers to most of your questions…
· Ask your HMC Projects Country Coordinator.

What scholars say about their experience:
“I have had an amazing experience here in the school, made loads and loads of friends and I can say that this scholarship has changed my life.”
“Being in England has been the most amazing experience, it has been extraordinarily eye opening for me to be a part of this type of education. I am incredibly happy to find every single one of my subjects really interesting and personally fulfilling. It has really helped me to discover my academic strengths and interests.”
“Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, the HMC scholarship has kick-started my life and I have been on top of my game ever since.”
“The joy of rolling full and empty tin cans of baked beans to calculate inertia, to boil the bark of a willow tree to extract salicin…real education! I met new people, learned new things, engaged in new activities, made new mistakes.”
“I did everything I could at my school: I sang, I acted, I danced, I worked for charity, I joined an Italian club, I wrote for the school newspaper, I attended Peer Support training, I did Community Service. I enjoyed every aspect to its fullest, because at home I do not have all these opportunities and I have to live in the moment.”
“The HMC Projects scholarship gave me a chance to expand my national citizenship into a global citizenship – my entire life since leaving my UK school has been influenced by this change for which I am extremely grateful.”

Scholarships are advertised nationally each autumn and the advertisements will carry details of the persons and addresses to be contacted.
The current National Programme Coordinator for Ukraine is Ukrainian-American Concordia University (previously named Wisconsin International University (USA) Ukraine).

The organisation of the contest for pupils

The competition takes place in two stages.

In the first stage a Ukrainian panel of judges is registered in each of the four regional centres of Ukraine (Kyiv, Kyiv region, Kharkiv, Lviv) and the list of participants is compiled. To register, please send an e-mail to hmcprojects@wiuu.edu.ua or contact the relevant (nearest) regional centre no later than November 6, 2017. All candidates outside these regions should register with the centre in Kyiv.

The following regional centres of USHA are responsible for the selection of candidates in the Kyiv region, Kharkiv and Lviv:

Kyiv region November 14th, 1:30 pm

Гімназія №1

Postal address: вул. Ярослава Мудрого 54, м. Біла Церква

Tel./Fax: (045) 635 1977

Е-mail: 1gimnasi-bts@ukr.net

Contact person: Наконечний Сергій Павлович, директор

Kharkiv November 17th, 2:00 pm

Спеціалізована школа №73

Postal address: вул. Корчагінців 24, м. Харків

Tel.: (057) 710 0190

Fax: (057) 711 9120

Е-mail: sch73kh@ukr.net

Contact person: Михайленко Тетяна Василівна, директор

Lviv November 9th, 3:30 pm, room 4.

НВК «Школа-садок «Софія»

Postal address: вул. Героїв Крут 27, м. Львів

Fax: (032) 270 4711

Е-mail:  escuela80@ukr.net

Contact person: Яцишин Марія Петрівна, заступник директора з НВР

Е-mail:   yatsyshyn_mariya@ukr.net

Tel.: (098) 402 5858

For the selection of candidates in Kyiv, Ukrainian-American Concordia University is supported by Ukrainian School Heads Association (USHA):

Kyiv November 18th, 10:00 am

The winners will be announced on November 25

Українсько-американський університет Конкордія

Postal address: вул. Тургенєвська 8/14, м. Київ, 01601

Tel./Fax: (044) 236 9085, (044) 236 1916

Е-mail:  hmcprojects@wiuu.edu.ua

This year registration may also be made with the following representatives of USHA:

Козіна Ірина Петрівна (former National Programme Coordinator for Ukraine)
Vice-President of USHA

Козіної Ірини Петрівни

Tel.: (096) 879 8779


Слобоженко Майя Володимирівна
ліцей №38 ім. В.М. Молчанова, Київ

Tel./Fax: (044) 486 8768

Е-mail:  lyceum38@gmail.com

The schedule of activities for the current contest is given below.

  1. October:
  • The competition will be announced;
  • A list of interested applicants for a scholarship is compiled in the regional centres.
  1. November 12th – 18th (each regional centre will set its own precise date):
  • The contest is held in the regional centres of USHA, namely Kiev, Bila Tserkva, Kharkiv and Lviv, and the winners are selected. The contest consists of a written (and, if required, aural) test. The winners are the candidates who achieve the highest score: no lower than 9 points.

Stage 1 (regional pre-selection) is over!

Follow the link to open the list of participants selected for the interviews with the representatives of HMC Projects from the UK.

  • No later than December 1st, those selected as winners should submit their completed electronic application form which includes their personal essay and parental consent along with photographs, recommendations from their teachers, formal school reports for the last year and current year with grades of attainment, copies of certificates of recent awards (Olympiads, competitions etc.) and a signed financial declaration. The regional centres attach the written record of the candidates’ performance in the first stage. These are sent to the National Programme Coordinator for Ukraine:

Українсько-американський університет Конкордія

Postal address: вул. Тургенєвська 8/14, м. Київ, 01601

Tel. / Fax: (044) 236 9085, (044) 236 1916

Е-mail:  hmcprojects@wiuu.edu.ua

Note: There is a small application fee to be paid by each applicant.

  1. December:
  • The list of the candidates is compiled for the interviews with interviewers from the UK representing HMC Projects;
  • The electronic application forms of those to be interviewed are sent to the interviewers in the UK.
  1. January:
  • The 2nd stage of the competition: interviews with the representatives from HMC Projects from the UK.
  1. February – March:
  • The winners of the competition are selected by HMC Projects in the UK and their names are announced.
  1. April – May:
  • Winners will receive correspondence from the school in the UK for which they have been selected by HMC Projects. The school will send a formal invitation.
  1. June – July:
  • Application for a visa to travel and study in the UK must be completed and submitted online;
  • The documents required for the visa application are submitted and processed.
  1. August:
  • The organisation and purchase of the flight tickets;
  • Preparation of the group presentation for orientation course in Cambridge;
  • In late August or early September: departure for the UK.

Additional information you may find here:

In order to register and for detailed information on HMC Projects in Ukraine schedule, please follow the link:

HMC Projects 2018 – Стипендіальна програма для школярів.

Please find attached application forms for you to complete

Send your application form to hmcprojects@wiuu.edu.ua