Scholarships and bursaries help people pay for school, further their career goals, and achieve a higher standard of living. But if you’re like me, you don’t have an endless supply of money to spend on things like college tuition. If I wanted to pursue higher education and get ahead in life, I’d need some financial help. Luckily for me—and for many other students—there are organizations out there willing to provide funds for those who show potential!
Whether it’s through personal connections or formal application processes, these organizations can make dreams come true by helping us achieve our goals. In this article we’ll take a look at how writing a motivational letter can increase you chances of winning one of these coveted awards so that you too can get started on your way toward excellence today!
How To Write A Bursary Motivational Letter
Before you start writing the letter, it’s important to know what kind of bursary you want to apply for. Use the internet to find out what bursaries are available and how much they pay. You can also visit your local library or call up a university student union office. Don’t apply for more than you can handle; if there is no way that you could afford the monthly payments, then it’s probably not a good idea to apply for this type of bursary at all.
Figure out who will be deciding on the winners of the bursary.
Once you’ve gathered some information about the scholarship and the organization, it’s time to decide who is going to be deciding on winners.
- Who will be deciding on winners?
- What are their qualifications?
- How many people are involved in making this decision?
Use the scholarship application process to understand what the organization is looking for in candidates.
Using the scholarship application process to understand what the organization is looking for in candidates is critical. Read the application details carefully, and ask yourself if you are a good fit for them. If not, don’t apply. However, if it appears that they have similar values or goals as yours, then apply!
- Know what the organization is looking for.
- Know what you are looking for.
- Understand how these things can complement each other and be mutually beneficial to both parties.
- Review your experiences and think about how they relate to the work of this organization.
- Look at the mission statement of the organization, review their website, check out their social media, read brochures and annual reports if available.
Outline your letter by identifying all of your most relevant skills, experiences, and accomplishments.
Now that you have a good understanding of what the bursary is, it’s time to start writing your letter. The first step in this process is outlining what you want to say and how you want to say it.
The best way to do this is by identifying all of your most relevant skills, experiences and accomplishments. This can be done using bullet points or a table (see example below). You can also use word processor features like tables, underlining and bolding etc., which should make things easier for you as well.
If none of these options work for you then try using templates that already exist on the internet like this one by UKCISA https://www.ukcisa.org/bursaries-and-scholarships/toolkits/motivation/.
Make sure you have a fresh, focused mindset when you write your letter.
When you write a letter of motivation, it’s important to have a fresh and focused mindset. In order to do this, take a break from writing the letter when you feel stuck or bored with the content.
You may want to write an outline first, then re-read it once more before putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Reviewing your draft as many times as necessary is important because it will help you identify any errors or areas where improvements can be made in your language, grammar and structure of sentences.
This process will also allow you time for reflection – think back on how hard you worked during your studies and how much effort was involved in achieving high grades or receiving awards at university/college.
Begin by telling what has led up to you writing this letter.
Begin by telling what has led up to you writing this letter.
- Tell the reader a little bit about yourself, including your name and where you are from.
- Explain why you are writing this letter, such as if it was requested by someone or if it is an application for a scholarship or bursary.
- Explain why you are applying for this particular scholarship or bursary, by explaining the reason(s) behind your choice of the award in question.
Follow this with a description of your strengths, skills, and experiences.
When writing your bursary motivational letter, it is important to describe your strengths, skills and experiences. You can do this by using examples of your work experience, volunteer work or school activities. You should also include examples of leadership roles you have held in the past. This section should be written in a positive manner that shows why you are capable of succeeding at university level studies.
Remember to provide details so that the committee members know what makes you unique as a person and an applicant for bursary funding from their institution. A good idea would be to focus on personal life experiences as well as family life if possible (e.g., being part of a large family).
The second part of the letter should be a discussion of how your skills and experience will help you achieve your goals, as well as prepare you to give back to your community. You should be able to explain how your skills, experience and accomplishments will help you achieve your goals.
You also want to discuss how these strengths, skills and experiences will help you prepare for leadership roles in the future. For example: “I am an excellent leader because I have proven myself through many service projects that I have completed over the years.” Or “I know how important it is for me to serve others, because I see it daily at home with my family members who are living with disabilities or illnesses like cancer or diabetes…”
Conclude by thanking them for their consideration and expressing hope in hearing from them soon.
[Conclude by thanking them for their consideration and expressing hope in hearing from them soon.]
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider my application. I am very grateful to have been considered, and I am excited about the possibility of attending your university. If there is anything else you need from me at this point, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
A combination of preparation and reflection can help make for a great motivational letter for a scholarship or bursary application
To make your letter stand out, you should prepare by researching the organization and thinking about your strengths, skills, and experiences. These are things that can be easily gleaned from the application form or website of the organization. Once you’ve done this preparation work, it’s time to reflect on how your qualifications relate to their values.
In order for your letter to be effective in its approach, it is important that you start by addressing the key components of a good motivational letter: why do you want this scholarship or bursary? What will receiving a scholarship from this organization mean for yourself and others? How does receiving this scholarship align with who you are as an individual and what qualities define yourself as an applicant?
With a little preparation and reflection, you can create a great motivational letter that will help you get the funding you need for school or any other goal.