Scholarship evaluation teams usually have more applications than scholarships, so this letter has to make your case more compelling than everyone else’s.
Find out what criteria the sponsor will use to evaluate applications, and write your letter accordingly. You should be able to get a very good indication by reading their literature and website. They may actually provide guidelines for the information they want included in the scholarship application letter, such as income, career background, or family background
They make be looking at academic achievements and excellence. In this case they will want to see consistent good grades, language skills, and a good, or excellent, overall academic record.
They may also be considering economic factors, and in this case they will want to see evidence of family difficulties and low income.
They will probably be looking for a combination of the two, so think about how you want to portray yourself –perhaps a worthy student, with economic difficulties through no fault of their own, willing to go the extra mile to justify faith placed in them.
The letter should be written in a formal way, with a clear and concise structure, with no errors of grammar and spelling. Make sure the letter is logical and compelling and does not include irrelevant information. Ask someone to check and proofread it.
If you are applying to be admitted to an institution or a program begin with a short paragraph detailing your academic skills, achievements to date, and your strengths.
In the next paragraph, explain why you need a scholarship to fund your studies, and why you are a match for their scholarship objectives.
Then in the third paragraph, talk about how the specific program, or Course you are applying for will allow you to achieve your goals, and what you will be able to contribute during your studies.
Finish with a formal, polite closing paragraph.
If you are applying for a grant or scholarship to cover tuition fees or other costs for a program you have already been admitted to, again the introduction should detail your academic skills, achievements to date, and your strengths.
In the second paragraph you should summarise your financial situation, and why you need the funding, and why you are a match for their scholarship objectives.
Then explain your passion and interest in studying at that institution or on that program, and how much you will benefit from it, and achieve your goals
So your scholarship application letter should explain;-
- Why you are applying for this particular scholarship.
- why you’re a good match for the scholarship
- outline your main strengths, both academic and professionally
- How it will help you achieve your education and career goals, your plans for future career growth
Be sure to submit any other required documents.