Scholarship Request Letter

Scholarship Request Letter


A Scholarship Request Letter is written by a student to the university’s scholarship preview board or other committees that evaluate the disbursal of scholarship funds to deserving students who are registered with the university. A scholarship may be given to a student for various reasons including, academic achievement, sporting achievement, extra-curricular achievement or need-based support. A scholarship itself may take various forms such as fee waiver, bursary, travel allowance, living allowance and tuition fees reductions.

A Scholarship letter is critical in assisting the candidate in making a justified claim for the scholarship. Therefore, the letter must include all relevant information that supports the applicant. Academic achievements, extracurricular achievements and leadership initiatives etc. must be mentioned. The financial position of the student and his/her family might be highlighted to paint a coherent picture. The student must be able to convince the Scholarships Committee through persuasive statements and the student must include the benefit that the university derives from providing the students with the requested scholarship.

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Sample Letter


Tom Hanks 552 Timber Lane

552 Timber Lane,

Sherman Oaks, CA 99904

February 12, 2011.


Chairman, Scholarships Committee,

Oakland Community College,

8830 Clementi Street,

Oakland, CA 94332.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Subject: Application for a scholarship.

I am writing to request an offer of the scholarship from your prestigious Scholarship Committee. I request you to kindly review the details of my academic performance, extra-curricular involvement and my financial standing in the documents enclosed with this letter.

I am already in my second semester and I have performed well last semester, scoring a GPA of 3.89 on a grading scale of 4. I have participated in Model United Nations competitions and have represented the state of California at the Harvard MUN in 2010. I currently serve as the Vice-President of the Student Council and I am the youngest person in the college’s history ever to have been elected to this position. I also conduct mentorship classes to underprivileged youth in the college community and I have been an active member of the Rotaract Club of California.

Personally, I have substantial financial difficulties as I am a son of a single mother who is the sole breadwinner for three of my siblings and I. I am the first person in my family to have enrolled in college and I believe that education is a weapon that can break the cycle of poverty and ignorance that is depressingly common in the Latino community in California. I qualify for the scholarship because I am a United States Permanent Resident and I meet the other conditions regarding age and financial standing.

I request you to kindly review my application and grant me the scholarship. I assure you that I will work harder in achieving my goals and assisting the college in achieving its mission.

Thank you for your kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Hanks.

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