Sample Cover Letter For University Scholarship

Scholarship Applications that Win!


Try and have your application arrive EARLY as possible, absolutely not after the deadline date! Send applications with a “return receipt requested” or “registered” to make sure they get there. This also conveys a positive characteristic about the sender.



Sample Cover Letter:

1111 Gator Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
24 September 2000
Mary Smith, President
Delta Scholarship Committee
Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando, FL 33412

Dear Ms. Smith,

This letter is an introduction of myself,
(your name), and my desire to participate
in the (whatever it is called) Scholarship
Program. I have been accepted to
(Name of your College) for the 2001 fall term.

I would like to thank you and the (whatever)
Scholarship Committee for supporting
college bound students with an opportunity
for financial assistance through your scholarship
program. Enclosed you will find my application
form, academic transcript, (MCAT, GRE) results,
letters of recommendation, and other pertinent

Again, thank you for your interest on my behalf
and for the young people of our state.


(your name)



While this seems obvious, you must construct your application to make it EASY for the committee to see that you have provided everything that was required. Provide items in the order that they are listed in the application. If possible, do not mix items on the same page. You can add extra items that were not requested to give your application that something extra. However, DO NOT add extra items if you are specifically told not to add anything extra. This means that you can not follow directions if you add items when your are forbidden to do so.


Tip #4 – ADD EXTRA ITEMS TO YOUR APPLICATION (if not forbidden).

This is where you get to be creative to find ways and things that present you in a positive light to the selection committee. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  •  Write a short essay on MY EDUCATION/CAREER GOALS. Try to keep to one page.
  • Write a paragraph or two on how this award will help you reach your education/career goals.
  • If you have any documentation congratulating you on being in the top 10% of your class, include it because it puts you in a “positive light” and your hard work at your academics was recognized.
  • If a male registered for the military draft as required when they reach the age of 18, before he reached his 18th birthday, he should have received a letter from the draft board congratulating him for doing his civic duty prior to his 18th birthday. Include this as one of your “extra items”. Alot of scholarship committee members have military backgrounds or see this as good citizenship for the applicant.
  • One of the best extra items is a letter of acceptance for admission to “any” college. If the scholarship application is not for a specific college, you will be able to use the award at “any” college. Later you can get more college acceptance letters and when your make your selection you can notify the scholarship award committee of where to send the award. Therefore, any letter of acceptance shows that your are serious but it does not “lock” you into using the award at that college.
  • These are just a few examples to get you thinking. Limit your extras to three or four at the most. Too many and you “sour” your application. Again, MAKE SURE you are not forbidden to add extra items before you do so.

Be creative to find things that make you look good and share them with the committee.



This is a tip that conveys you took the time to make this application special. When you have a letter of recommendation addressed to the specific organization or person that is administering the application process it says that you took the time and effort to make this letter “Special” for them. If all you have is a letter that starts “To Whom It May Concern”, it is better than nothing. But if you can personalize the letter it says you cared to send the very best.

  • SUB TIP #5a – Offer to do the work for the writer of your letter of recommendation. For example, you want to apply to twenty scholarship programs. When you ask someone to write you “1” letter of recommendation they say sure. When you say you need twenty letters they say “sorry” I don’t have the time. Once they write you one letter, ask if you can put it on the computer so the TO ADDRESSEE can be personalized for each application and your writer only has to “sign their name twenty times”. Now your writer is happy to help you because you have done the work and make it easy for them to help you. If they have nice letter head, ask for blank copies to be used in this process.
  • SUB TIP #5b – This is an “ADD EXTRA ITEM/s” when the application does not require a letter of recommendation.
  • SUB TIP #5c – Try and get three to five letters of recommendation in your files. This will let you pick and choose which one or ones to send in for a specific application. Never send more than three for an application unless the directions ask for more.


When you write anything you must use correct grammar and spelling. If you have a problem in this area ask your English teacher to help you with proofreading your essay, cover letter, extra items you have included, and even letters of recommendation prepared by others. When there are hundreds or thousands of applications to review, correctness and neatness become the first screen out factor. Only when the “pile” is smaller does the content of your application start to become a factor in the selection process.



Now that your application is complete, the final “presentation” tip is to place all of your items in a clear plastic folder, with a slide locking binder. The cheap clear ones are good so that your “Thank You Cover Letter” (Tip #2) is on top. For that final “touch” include a wallet size picture of you in the lower left side of your packet. The next item/s in you application packet are those required in the application (Tip #3 Answer the mail). Next, any extra items (if not forbidden) and finally any letter(s) of recommendations.

If “extras” are forbidden, you should consider NOT using a plastic folder, however, this can be a judgment call on your part. Read the application carefully again regarding extras. Some judges feel the plastic folders “give them more work” (to remove the applications from the plastic folder) while others have no problem with it, even though they may forbid extras.

Your application packet is a great looking presentation of YOU, don’t mess it up by folding it to fit a small envelope. Use an 8X10 type envelope so your application arrives looking great. Consider sending it “Return Receipt Requested” so you know it arrived!

 Thanks to Bill Reynolds for supplying these tips!



Writing an Application Letter for Scholarship (with Samples)
Use these sample application letters for scholarship as templates for your formal notification.

There are many companies and organizations that donate scholarships each year to college students. To apply for this money for school, an application letter needs to be sent. The purpose of this letter is to convince the powers that be who they should award the money too.

​The content of this letter should be centered on academic accomplishments and stress leadership abilities and initiative. This letter must be correctly formatted with proper spelling and grammar. Any errors could be cause for an immediate rejection of the request.

Before writing anything, make sure to gather specifics that will be needed for the letter. Some scholarships have specific applications requirements and if these guidelines are not followed, they application can be instantly rejected.

Because of the importance of this letter, create an initial draft and look for any errors. The letter should begin with an introductory statement and the paragraphs following should also address the detailed reasons why this scholarship should be awarded. ​
Focus on the Educational & Career Goals

​The first paragraph should talk and focus on the educational and career goals of the applicant. It is appropriate to discuss interests and the chosen field of study. Give them all the reasons they want why they should invest in helping this person to further their education.

​It is always great to show a bit of passion in the area of course work. Organizations want to give their money to a student that is considered to be worthy, not give their money to someone who is going to drop out a few months later. ​

​The second paragraph needs to focus on strengths. If there are any extracurricular actives or if this person has done any community work, it should be stated here. Any academic awards also need to be listed in this paragraph. If a person was valedictorian or graduated with honors, be sure to highlight this in the second paragraph.

This paragraph is all about selling the person and their abilities a bit. Think that extracurricular stuff doesn’t matter, think again? The more a person is involved in school and the extra activities, the likelihood of them staying increases. ​​

Never Act Desperate for Money

A third paragraph targets why this person needs to be considered for the application. This should be spoken directly to the person/company that is handling out the money. It is necessary to be professional, but always be direct. Never act desperate for money, rather desperate for education and the money will help fund this. It is acceptable to talk about housing, books, food and all the costs associated with college. 

There may be room for a fourth paragraph, depending on how much a person has to write. Make the reviewer feel confident that the application they are looking at is a sure thing. Highlight any talents and let them feel some confidence that the program will be completed. Since this will probably be the closing paragraph, be sure to restate the goals including both carrier and educational.

​The letter should be around 1-2 pages and never go over the two page mark. Make the font 12 and use double spacing to make it easy to read. Always use resume or appropriate stationery paper so that it stands out from other letters. Check and recheck for clerical errors and make sure the letter is perfect.

Sample 1 - Application Letter for Scholarship
Name of Applicant
Address of Applicant
City, State, Zip Code


Name of Head of Scholarship Committee
Name of Scholarship or Institution
Address of Institution
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Application for [NAME of SCHOLARSHIP] cover letter

Dear Name of Head of Scholarship Committee:

I was excited to read about the [$10,000] scholarship that [Name of Institution] was giving to one lucky college student. My goal is to go to [Name of College] in [Name of City] to pursue a nursing degree. It has always been my passion to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl. My mother was a nurse before her tragic passing, and she loved her patients and took care of them so well. By completing my nursing degree, I feel that I will not only further my career, but I will also pay tribute to my mother who gave her life for her calling. Being a nurse means everything to me. 

I graduated from [Name of High School] in [YEAR] with honors. I took a year off to travel and see the world, but now I am ready to get back into school. I was an active student at my high school. I served on the debate team and also ran for class president. I was class valedictorian and like to get involved in any extracurricular activities that the school offered. I believe in not just attending school but also getting involved in it. 

[Name of Head of Scholarship Committee], I know that you will receive numerous applications for this scholarship. I am hoping that you will consider my application and allow me to fulfill my dream of being a nurse. The medical field is challenging and one that has difficult classes; however, I feel that I will have no problem arising to this challenge. To be a nurse means everything to me, but with the cost of room and board, books and all the other charges, it is going to be tight. I appreciate your consideration. 


Signature of Applicant
Printed Name of Applicant
List of Enclosures
Sample 2 - Application Letter for Scholarship
Name of Applicant
Address of Applicant
City, State, Zip Code


Name of Head of Scholarship Committee
Name of Scholarship or Institution
Address of Institution
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Application for [NAME of SCHOLARSHIP] cover letter

Dear Name of Head of Scholarship Committee:

I am submitting this application for the [NAME of SCHOLARSHIP] to further my education in environmental studies. I have studied for two years in Name of University and require financial assistance to complete my degree in Environmental Science. I have worked part-time in a recycling center for the past two years and wish to work in the field of environmental sustainability. However, I need a degree to advance in this field. 

I spent the last two years of high school volunteering in a waste management facility in the city and have gained a lot of experience in the field. I won an award for creative management for recycling plastic water bottles. My goal is to work to have an impact on many environmental issues such as solar power, wind power as well as waste management. One of the most profound experiences of my life was a trip I took to see the island of waste in the northern Pacific Ocean.

If I am fortunate enough to receive this scholarship, I will finish my degree to qualify for a job in a company that promotes sustainability in their business ethic. My father died five years ago and I was able to pay for my first two years at university with the insurance money, but my mother is no longer able to support my university tuition.

Thank you for considering my application. I have enclosed a recommendation letter from my university councilor along with the application form and my transcripts. I hope to hear from you soon. I can be reached at [555-123-4567] or at [].


Signature of Applicant
Printed Name of Applicant
List of Enclosures

By Andre Bradley

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