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Motivation Letter for Bursary | How to Write


This article contains information on how to write a Motivation Letter for Bursary.


Fresher | Motivational Letter for Bursary


A bursary is a financial award given to students who are financially buoyant to afford their full tuition fees.  Not all students are qualified for bursaries. They are awarded based on different criteria, including academic results, financial need and other personal attributes.

Different organizations award bursaries. Oftentimes, because organizations receive a great number of applications from prospective recipients, the only way to select recipients is through writing motivation letters. The manner in which a motivation letter is written is what sets you apart from other applicants. The motivation letter should explain why you are in need of financial support and how the opportunity will help you fund your education.

A motivational letter is very similar to a Curriculum Vitae cover letter as it states your goals and accomplishments, this is important as it can put you ahead of your competition.


How you write the motivation letter to the institution offering the bursary is important as it can affect your chances of getting the bursary award. It needs to be of high quality but you should not let the thought of writing a letter put you off sending the bursary application letter. Remember there is never a perfect candidate.

Just like you, there are many other students who need financial aid in their studies. Hence, bear in mind that the organization will get many letters from students applying for the bursary.

So, do you want your motivation letter to  stand out and grab the attention of the bursary committee? Here are tips you need to consider when writing:

1. Be Honest

Like you already know, the bursary is mainly focused on helping students who can’t afford to pay their tuition. To stand a chance to be a beneficiary, it is important to be completely honest about your financial situation, state why you need the bursary as well as your goals and aspirations. Be honest.

2. Keep A Formal Tone.

A motivation letter is a professional letter which requires you to maintain a formal tone. Thus, your letter must have a personal, engaging and interesting tone and you must sound sincere and genuine.

Avoid the use of slang and undue ‘chattiness’.

3. Show Your Achievements and Goals

No organization wants to waste funds on an unserious fellow. It is your responsibility to convince them beyond doubt by mentioning your skills and  accomplishments, both academically and professionally and  also the things you intend to achieve in the future. Assure the organization of your commitment, career goals. This way, they will be reassured that they will not be investing in the right candidate.

4. Edit and Proofread

Mistakes are inevitable but not in this case. You need to avoid any form of error and typo. This is why you should dedicate enough time to proofread and edit your letter before submission.


Motivation letters are best kept simple and concise. This makes it easier to write and to read while still giving the reader a good overview of who you are and why they should choose you.  A Motivational Letter is made up of three sections.  They are :

Address of Recipient

At the top left corner of the letter, your address and the address of the bursary provider.


This simple paragraph is where you introduce yourself, the bursary program and the reason for your application. This should not be longer than 2 or 3 sentences.

“I am applying for the [insert company name] bursary programme to help fund my [course of study] qualification, for the [course year study] academic year.


This is the second and the longest paragraph of a motivation letter. It is basically where you talk about your personal achievements and goals, current studies, education and plans you have for further education (example, a graduate degree). The third paragraph should include your career plans and explain how your education and degree complement them. You could briefly include the reason you are in need of the bursary. In all, this paragraph should focus mainly on your future  plans.


This is the last paragraph of the motivational letter and is usually short. It is where you thank them for their time and also indicate that you are available for any questions or further discussion.

Sample of Motivation Letter

Oparah. A .Chioma

4, Thompson Ave

Ikeja, Nigeria


[email protected]


26th August, 2022.

Dr Harrison Dewy

Institute of Arts and Designs,


Dear Dr Dewy,

Application for your Art and Design Bursary


I am currently enrolled at the University of Nigeria as a 2nd-year student in theatre art. I have found the course utterly absorbing so far and am totally committed to completing my BSc and furthering.

Sadly, my financial state is nothing to write home about as it recently changed adversely. This  will not permit me to be able to do so as things stand now. I, therefore, wish to apply for your bursary and trust that I will be considered.

My academic results for my first year are as follows:





I have always been inquisitive and passionate about designs and colours. I love to brainstorm and think about colourful designs. Up to this point, my studies have been funded by an NGO until I lost that opportunity due to financial setbacks faced by the organization.

If you consider my bursary application, I  assure you that I will work even harder to meet all my studies and any other commitments you may have set for me. My education is incredibly important to me and I love my field of study. I will not bring your efforts to nought if given this opportunity.


Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to read my letter.

Yours sincerely

Oparah Chioma.

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