ESCA has a Scholarship Fund used solely for scholarships for gifted but disadvantaged children who cannot meet the School fees. Scholarships are widely advertised and available on an open competitive basis through student examination and assessment of parental wealth and income. The Supervisory Board establishes clear criteria for availability of Scholarships, student assessment, assessment of parental wealth and income, and application procedures. All criteria and procedures are publicly available via the School website. Any student who is awarded a Scholarship automatically receives a 20% discount on the standard school fee. This discount is made against School operating costs and is not compensated by payment from the Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund may contribute from 20% to 70% of the full school fee (before discount) dependent on assessment of parental wealth and income (i.e. need). Therefore, students on the highest Scholarship award must cover at least 10% of the full fee from their own resources or from individual sponsors, rising to 60% of the full school fee for those on the lowest Scholarship award. Any use of the Scholarship Fund must be approved in advance by the Supervisory Board, or by a Scholarship Committee established under the Supervisory Board, which reports on all decisions to the Supervisory Board.
One scholarship for 90% discount was awarded by open competition in December 2011 to a student who joined the pre-school class at the time. Two scholarships for 70% discount were awarded by open competition in December 2013 for two 13 year old students. Three more scholarships for 70% discount were advertised in May 2014 for award to start in September 2014 for 11 to 14 year old students.