Oppidan Scholar

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An Oppidan Scholar is a boy at Eton College who has distinguished himself academically.[1]

Features[edit]

Oppidan scholarships are honorary awards which provide no financial benefit.[1][2]

Oppidan Scholars have the letters "OS" written after their surname in school lists.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The expression 'Oppidan Scholar' derives from the Latin word ‘oppidum’ meaning ‘town’.[3]

Award of title[edit]

A boy who earns a distinction in three internal examinations qualifies for the award of the title Oppidan Scholar. He may also qualify by achieving a distinction four times in total without achieving three in succession.[4]

The school also awards several Oppidan Scholarships annually to boys who perform extremely well in the scholarship examination but who, prior to the examination, opted not to compete for a King’s Scholarship.[2] An Oppidan Scholarship may also be awarded to a boy who narrowly misses election as a King’s Scholar.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Glossary of Eton Expressions". www.etoncollege.com. Eton College. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Eton College King's Scholarships Examinations 2014" (PDF). www.etoncollege.com. Eton College. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  3. ^ "King's Scholars, Oppidans and Private Tutors". www.etoncollege.com. Eton College. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Trials". www.etoncollege.com. Eton College. Retrieved 18 March 2015.