How to Write a Motivational Letter for a Bursary

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How to Write a Motivational Letter for a Bursary


How to Write a Motivational Letter for a Bursary

A bursary is an award of money given to students who can’t pay for their full tuition fees or who have done well in school. Bursaries are given out based on many things, such as academic performance, financial need, and other personal qualities (leadership skills, community involvement etc).

Companies get a lot of applications for their bursary program, so applicants need to write an honest and compelling motivational letter to make a good first impression and stand out from the rest. The motivational letter should explain why you need money and how the opportunity will help you financially and professionally.

A motivational application letter is similar to a Curriculum Vitae cover letter in that it describes your goals, achievements, and credentials. This is important because it can put you ahead of the competition.

In your bursary letter, you need to show that you really need financial help and explain how the award would help pay for your education. The companies that offer the programs use these letters to choose the right person to give the bursary to based on need, merit, or both, depending on what the bursary needs.



How to Write a Motivational Letter for a Bursary

  • Be honest about how much money you need.
  • Make sure to mention your school and course. Describe the goals you want to achieve (educational and future career prospects)
  • Make the letter unique and not a form letter.
  • Make sure the recipient knows you will follow all of the program’s rules.
  • Use professional and polite language.
  • Make sure to include your grades and other documents.
  • Include both the application form and the documents that back it up.
  • Use a formal tone in all of your writing. Be exact.

How to Write a Letter to Get a Bursary

Put the address of the scholarship provider in the top left corner of the letter (you can also include the date you are applying on, your name, and contact details).

You can start your letter with any of these:

Dear (Name of the person reading application, if known) (Name of the person reading application, if known)
Dear Sir/ Madam
Whoever it might concern
In the first paragraph, you should explain why you want to apply for the job. It shouldn’t be more than two or three sentences long and should have a clear point, like “I’m applying for the [company name] bursary program to help pay for my [course of study] qualification during the [course year study] academic year.”

The second paragraph should go into more detail about your education, including your personal accomplishments, what you’re studying now, and your plans for more schooling (example, a graduate degree.) Make this paragraph clear and to the point, and make sure it, too, is no longer than 3 sentences.

In the third paragraph, you should talk about your career goals and how your education and degree will help you reach those goals. In this section, you should talk about your own goals and explain how the bursary will help you pay for certain costs. You could briefly explain what happened to make you need money, but don’t spend too much time on it. Most of this paragraph should be about what you want to do in the future.

Considering all of this, this paragraph can be a little longer than the others.

In the short last paragraph of your motivational letter, you should thank the person for their time and the chance.

Sign your letter by writing “Sincerely, (your name)”


Tips for writing a motivational letter for a bursary

Be brief, but try to cover as much as possible.
Don’t use filler words like “really,” “just,” etc. Instead, use modifiers to explain your thoughts in a professional way.
Make your letter more personal by saying that you want to work for certain organizations or that you want to solve a problem you have had.
Make sure the committee knows that the money will go toward a plan that is bigger and better.
Make sure your tone is professional, but not stiff or robotic. Write as if you were talking to the professor or employer.
Think carefully about why you need this money and chance. If you really believe in yourself, it will be 100 times easier to show that in your letter.


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