How to Write a Scholarship Cover Letter

Let’s talk about cover letters! Some scholarships will ask you to include a cover letter with your application. Consider it as another chance to brag about yourself and show what sets you apart from all the other applicants.

You’ll want to start by listing (on six separate lines) your name; mailing address; city, state, and zip code; phone number with area code; e-mail address; and the date of the letter. Skip down 3-4 lines then list (on three separate lines) the scholarship organization name; their mailing address; and the city, state, and zip code. If you are able to then you should address the letter to the founder of the scholarship in your salutation.

Your opening paragraph should state which field of study you are either going into or are currently in, the scholarship that you’re applying for, and how you heard about the scholarship. The middle paragraph should be used to state why you’re deserving of that scholarship; reference any activities, awards, and/or work experience that relates to the scholarship; and any additional information or specific information that the scholarship might ask you for. The closing paragraph should refer to any enclosed paperwork (your application, resume, transcript, etc.) and thank them for reviewing your application and considering you for the scholarship.

You’ll want to sign off either sincerely, sincerely yours, or yours sincerely. Leave space between that and your typed name for your signature. At the bottom of your page, after your typed name, you’ll want to type enclosure(s) to remind the reader that you have other papers accompanying the letter. Try to keep your cover letter to one page and make sure to always keep copies of any cover letters that you send. Finally, always make sure to proofread your cover letter for any mistakes before you send it. I can’t stress enough how great a tool spell check and another pair of eyes can be here! One error could mean the difference between getting a call for an interview and having your cover letter and resume tossed into a waste bin.


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