How to Write a Request for a Scholarship

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Writing several letters increases your chances of getting a scholarship.
Writing several letters increases your chances of getting a scholarship. (Image: Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Finding a suitable scholarship program can take a long time. As such, the University of California, Los Angeles, recommends that you start as soon as possible. You may be eligible to apply for more than one scholarship program. While you should choose the programs that are most worth your time, you should send a letter of request to several programs to increase your chances of getting a scholarship. Because most scholarship programs have their own standard application forms, your letter will mainly contain a request for further information and instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Typewriter or computer
  • Printer (optional)
  • 2 envelopes

Insert a paper into a typewriter or open a word processing program in your computer.

Write the date at the top left corner of the letter, then write the name and address of the scholarship program below it. Include the name of the scholarship because the committee might be responsible for more than one scholarship program.

Start your letter with "Dear Scholarship Coordinator." If you know the name of the person, replace "Scholarship Coordinator" with his name instead.

Introduce yourself in the first paragraph by stating your current school or college, your academic year and the college program for which you want to apply. For example, you can write, "I am currently a student at XYZ High School. I will apply for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of ABC for the academic year 2011-2012."

Request the forms to apply to the scholarship program in the second paragraph. Also ask for any additional information you need, for example a list of financing available.

State that you are including a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your letter. This helps the scholarship committee reply to your letter more quickly. According to the University of Florida College of Medicine, some committees will not even send you the requested information if you don't include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

End your letter with a formal valediction, such as "Sincerely" or "Regards." Sign the letter and add your name and contact details. Include your address, phone number and email address.

Proofread your request letter to make sure that you have no grammatical errors or typos. Such mistakes hurt your chances of getting the scholarship.

Print your letter if you wrote it on a computer.

Address an envelope to the scholarship committee, including the name of the scholarship program so your letter will end up in the hands of the right people.

Place another envelope in the first envelope. Address this second envelope to yourself and attach a return stamp on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Send letters to large and small scholarship programs because even smaller ones reduce your financial burden. Additionally, even if you win only a small scholarship, it will make your future applications more attractive to the scholarship committees.
  • Send the request letter as soon as possible, at least one month before the scholarship deadline.

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