Bulgarian Merit
Scholarship

For the 15th consecutive year AAS has offered full academic scholarships to provide opportunity to talented Bulgarian students.

Scholarships Criteria

For the 15th consecutive year AAS has offered full academic scholarships to provide opportunity to talented Bulgarian students.

  • Excellent English language skills;
  • Outstanding academic performance;
  • Personal qualities that allow them to work in a team;
  • Willingness to make significant efforts in the learning process;
  • Applicants must hold Bulgarian citizenship;
  • Proven need for financial support to the family;
  • The Scholarship is available only to students that are NOT. Currently enrolled at AAS.
  • Students should be in grade 7 or 8 at the time of application;
  • Applicants should accept that receiving a scholarship is a privilege that has the appropriate responsibilities.

Application Process

  • Application Documents

    • Official documents on financial status: an official note from the employer (s) of each parent indicating annual gross and net income OR a tax return for parents who have their own business for the most recent tax year (in Bulgarian);
    • A copy of the diploma or official reference for annual assessments of all subjects for the last two years, including the current school year (in Bulgarian);
    • Three confidential recommendations (template provided by AAS), completed by the respective teacher in English;
    • Two additional confidential recommendations from teachers (in Bulgarian);
    • An essay in English written by the applicant on a topic specified by the Scholarship Committee;
    • Details of the student’s passport / ID card or birth certificate. Details of passports /
      ID cards of both parents.

    Contact Us: admissions@aas-sofia.org

Exam Preparation

  • English Language Exam

    There is a big difference between learning English and learning in English. When one learns English as a foreign language, one learns Social English, i.e., the language one uses for everyday communication in both oral and written forms. For example, one becomes able to watch films or interact with friends socially in English.
    Since AAS is an International School all subjects are taught in English. In other words, students also need to learn Academic English to achieve academic success.

    Although Social and Academic English are different aspects of the language, it is important to highlight that Academic English is a lot more complex and demanding. Indeed, it is not uncommon for a student to be proficient in Social English and have difficulties with Academic English. An essential part of Academic English is general academic vocabulary as well as vocabulary related to the different content areas
    (social studies, science, math, language arts etc).

    The Scholarship English Assessment aims at determining the proficiency level of the candidate. Hence the need for a comprehensive test which allows the Scholarship Committee to appraise students regarding listening, speaking, reading and writing. Candidates are asked to participate in an interactive speaking activity, write an academic essay, and take a computer-based test which covers reading comprehension and language use.

    Here are some examples of questions from the different parts of the test to help you get familiar with the format.

    Reading Comprehension/Use of English
    (Multiple Choice)

    Hybrid cars and colony collapse.
    (Exemplars taken from www.englishforeveryone.org)

  • Academic Essay

    • TOPIC 1: Albert Einstein once said, “ Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school..” Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
      Write a multi-paragraph essay in which you state your position and support it with convincing reasons.
    • TOPIC 2: Write a multi-paragraph essay convincing readers that mobile phones play an important role at school these days. Be sure to include specific reasons and examples to support your position. If you are not familiar with how to structure an academic essay, please visit this site.

    Good luck with your preparation! We look forward to meeting you.

  • Math Exam

    Specific Vocabulary

    Here are some tips to help you get more familiar with math
    and science vocabulary.
    (Taken from http://www.colorincolorado.org)

    Addition (+)

    • Combined
    • Increased
    • Total of
    • Sum
    • Added to
    • Together
    • Plus

    Subtraction (-)

    • Minus
    • Less than
    • Less
    • Fewer than
    • Difference
    • Decrease
    • Take away
    • More than

    Multiplication (x)

    • Multiplied
    • Product of
    • Times
    • Of

    Division (/)

    • Divided by
    • Into
    • Per
    • Quotient of
    • Percent (divided by 100)
    • Out of
    • Ratio of
  • Academic Vocabulary and Structure

    Finally, using the site www.newsela.com and choosing the appropriate content area (Social Studies, Science, Math and Language Arts), the candidate can read newspaper articles and get familiar with academic written English and content area vocabulary.

    Good luck with your preparation! We look forward to meeting you.

Scholarship FAQs

11 March 2022
Scholarship Application Due
All Day

14 May 2022
Scholarship Testing Date
All Day

25-26 May 2022
Scholarship Interviews
All Day