When applying for a scholarship, most time you are required to write a motivation letter. The motivational letter is what will set you apart from other applicants. A good motivation can get you a scholarship and a good job with a big company. This article is going to teach you all what you need to include in your motivation letter and how to write a good motivation letter.
Apart from your motivation letter, a good academic performance, experience and recognition matters in getting a scholarship. The motivation is what will introduce you to the scholarship board and give them a reason to offer you the scholarship.
What to do Before Writing your Motivation Letter for Scholarship:
Before you write a motivation letter for a scholarship or apply at all you should investigate the institution you are applying to and the grantor of the scholarship you are applying to. Take note of the following; the profile the grantor is looking for, read the About, Culture and Philosophy of the institution, what the institution value most, the role of ethics among others.
Finding out about everything related to the scholarship will not only help you in writing a good motivation letter, but you will also know if the scholarship is meant for you.
Motivation Letter for Scholarship Applications: General Guidelines
The scholarship will not give you the number of words for the motivation letter but it is your responsibility to write a detailed and concise one. Your motivation letter should include the following:
- The most important elements of your resume
- Your education
- Professional experiences and future plan.
Write a motivation letter around 500 to 1000 words with good paragraphing.
Tailor Your Motivation Letter to Fit the Scholarship
When writing your motivation letter, make sure to tailor it to fit the scholarship goals. Provide them with information on how you will use your knowledge to promote the goal of the scholarship.
Also, write about your experience and the things that will give you an advantage above other applicants. You can also write about how you intend to solve a particular problem relating to your field even though you don’t have deep knowledge about it now.
The Structure of a Scholarship Motivation Letter
A scholarship motivation letter usually consists of three body element which are:
- The introduction part
- Paragraphs (Body)
- A conclusion
The introduction part of the letter is to introduce yourself to the board, it will include your name, level of education and your degree program.
The body of the letter is where you write on your work experience, write about all paid and unpaid internships. You are to also talk about why you intend to further your education in the field and what you intend to gain during the study,
How to write a winning motivation letter for Scholarship?
When writing your cover letter, take note of the following points.
(1) Title and header:
“Letter of motivation for [scholarship to which you are applying]”
- Full name
- Address + postal code
- Optional: Skype and social networks
- Header position: I recommend upper right but the upper left can also be.
Start your introduction with a formal greeting then go straight to the point (the reason for writing the letter). Also, write briefly on why you are applying to this scholarship, what motivated you from the program, your objective and so on.
(3) Who are you?
This is where you will write about your academic achievement and give a reason why you are an ideal candidate. Write all your experience that is related to the scholarship goals. Tell the board about what the scholarship means to you and what motivate you to apply for it.
(4) Final words:
This is the part you made them know you really want the scholarship. Show them your desire to learn and contribute to the school and country applying to. use words like “I am very motivated by …” “it would be an honour and the beginning of a road full of …” and so on.
(5) Acknowledgements and dismissal:
Thank the reader for the time used to read your letter. Finish with “Cordially” or “Cordial Greetings”.
Template for writing a Motivation Letter for Scholarship:
You might be thinking of developing a template for your motivation letter, each scholarship application might require you to write on a different thing. The motivation letter should be written to suit the goal of the scholarship you are applying to, and not all scholarship has the same goal. Please do not submit the same motivation letter for all the scholarship you are applying for, make sure you tailored each motivation letter to fit the scholarship you are applying for. Use the information above to develop a motivation letter template that will fit the scholarship you are applying for.