Students who are applying for scholarships to attend college are up against a lot of competition. They need to submit an application, on the required form, to the scholarship committee of their choice and include a cover letter.
The letter requesting a scholarship is the first thing a committee will see and in many cases the only thing they will see. If the letter doesn’t impress them, they may not even look at the application form.
The letter requesting a scholarship should be clear and concise. The scholarship committee will be looking at hundreds of such letters, and the ones that clearly state the purpose in a brief but thorough way will be the ones that are remembered.
It is also important for the applicant to present him or herself as a good candidate for the scholarship. This means that they have the required initiative and motivation to make good use of the money.
The first thing the applicant should do is find out what the scholarship committee requires. For example, they may be more impressed if the applicant has participated in community service programs or held down a responsible job.
Scholarship applications are not all the same. The applicant must get detailed information about the specific requirements and guidelines.
The introductory paragraph should briefly state the applicant’s reason for writing the letter as well as the name of the scholarship. This paragraph can have a list of qualifications the applicant feels will make them the ideal candidate for the scholarship.
Only two to four should be listed. The letter should fit on one page, so reading it isn’t a burden for the receiver.
Two or three examples of how the applicant meets the qualifications required to receive the scholarship should go in the second paragraph. These may be contained in the application form, but they will be highlighted if they are listed here.
The applicant should thank the committee for considering his or her application and state that they hope to hear from the committee soon. The letter should have correct grammar and spelling and not use any slang or inappropriate language.
This is not the place to mention hardships and personal problems although they can mention why they need the scholarship. The aim of the letter is to highlight the strengths of the applicant, his or her academic record and educational goals.
Here is a sample letter requesting a scholarship. It should be addressed to the chairman of the scholarship committee and not To Whom It May Concern. The applicant can call the college or look on the website and find out the name of the concerned person.
The letter should be in formal business-style and sent by certified mail, so the sender knows when it was received. If possible, the applicant should ask a teacher or counsellor to check the letter and make any changes that may increase their chances of success.
Copies of all communication including a copy of the application should be kept by the applicant.
Sample Letter Requesting Scholarship
1290 Simpson Ct.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
January 18, 20xx
Accurate Heating and Cooling
3000 River Ridge Rd.
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Re: Scholarship Fund
Dear Mr. White,
I was excited to read about the $10,000 scholarship that Accurate was giving to one lucky college student. My goal is to go to OU in Chillicothe and to pursue a nursing degree. It has always been my passion to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl. My mother was a nurse before her tragic passing, and she loved her patients and took care of them so well. By completing my nursing degree, I feel that I will not only further my career, but I will also pay tribute to my mother who gave her life for her calling. Being a nurse means everything to me.
I graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 20xx with honors. I took a year off to travel and see the world, but now I am ready to get back into school. I was an active student at my high school. I served on the debate team and also ran for class president. I was class valedictorian and like to get involved in any extracurricular activities that the school offered. I believe in not just attending school but also getting involved in it.
Mr. White, I know that you will receive numerous applications for this scholarship fund. I am hoping that you will consider my application and allow me to fulfill my dream of being a nurse. The medical field is challenging and one that has difficult classes; however, I feel that I will have no problem arising to this challenge. To be a nurse means everything to me, but with the cost of room and board, books and all the other charges, it is going to be tight. I appreciate your consideration.