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How to Write a Winning Motivational Letter for Scholarship?

Updated on December 30, 2017

Nowadays, it is very common that universities that offer international master or research programs demands list of documents from applicants like CV, Transcripts, language proficiency certificate, letter of recommendations etc. but one key document that assure your admission in your desired study program is the motivational letter.


Motivational letter is a decisive part and a great opportunity provided by the institution’s admission committee to present yourself and your abilities that you are the most motivated applicant to be chosen for participating in the program in the form of a short document. It is a tricky and a challenging task to convince the study institution that you are the right applicant to be chosen for the program. In simple words, it gives sense to admission committee of who you are and your dedication towards your goals. It plays crucial role in determining that whether you will be accepted or not?

The sole purpose of this article is to provide key points by following which you will surely come up with the winning motivational letter!


Generally, applicants need to answer few main questions in their application letter: why you? Why this scholarship or program? Your contribution towards your country after successful completion of program? In order to answer such questions in successful manner you need to organize available information and this organization develops only from brainstorming. Read scholarship announcement carefully and it would be better to search more about university and desired program. It will give you more clear information about their requirements and expectations. To know these will help you to be more focused when you will start writing it.


First make it clear to yourself that why this qualification is important to you, and how will you implement that newly gained knowledge in the future? When these points are clear to you than the only thing left to think is that how will you get there? Your ambition and clear defined goals will make your statement of purpose successful.


Never try to write it down in one evening. If you try to write it at the last minute you may forget valuable things that could bring life to your motivational letter. Start writing it, at least, a month ahead.


Admission committees are not interested in hardships of life, but rather how you overcome your challenges and what you have accomplished! Positive attitude and enthusiasm makes organization ready to invest on you to pursue your passion.


Motivational letter is complementary to your CV where you can highlight some of the relevant and important items of CV. It will be tiresome if you repeat yourself. You need to be more creative, bold and interesting in your motivational letter. And don’t mention extra information related to your education, work and skills which are not mentioned in your CV. In other words, do not exaggerate.


Remember that originality will help you to stand out because you are up against lot of other applicants for the same scholarship. Tell the things in your truest voice! There are many interesting things that had happened to you and unique qualities that you possess and are relevant to that program. So, think of those things and present them.


Keep your eyes and mind open and clear while reading all the questions that are asked of you and answer them in a successful manner. Try not to think less of any.


No doubt! First impression counts! Whether it is the font size, length of the letter, the way it is organized and structured in paragraphs. So, try to be professional and consistent and present your letter in a professional format, style and grammar. And use the same font and abbreviations throughout the letter.


When all grammatical, punctuation and line structuring mistakes are corrected, next step is to give your motivational letter to someone whose opinion you value and listen to their suggestions through this you will get more fresh ideas. Proofreading is not limited to spell check and to point out grammatical errors; it plays a great role to present a final and winning picture to the reader.

Believe in yourself and Good Luck with your applications!

© 2017 Irsa Atta


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