How to Write Bursary Application Letters

How to Write Bursary Application Letters – I am sure everyone is aware that college education is expensive. Many people can’t afford it without having some kind of financial assistance or bursary from the college or university. Many of university students in the United States are receiving some form of financial assistance, whether it is student loan, scholarships or grants. While this assistance may come from various sources such as government or nonprofit organizations, there are also some financial aid prepared by the university or college.

Just like we’ve mentioned in earlier occasions, having a good application would dramatically increase your chance in getting that much-needed assistance. Today we will teach you some tips on how to write bursary application letters, and hopefully after reading this post you can write a better application and have a better shot.


How to Write Bursary Application Letters – The Tips

Below are the six steps of bursary application letter tips that you can try

  1. First, write the bursary address at the top left of the application letter. Make sure you research the right address of the bursary.
  2. Second, start your letter with a standard, professional way by writing “Dear sir or madam”. It would be great if you already know the name of the officer responsible for the bursary. You can write their name if that’s the case.
  3. Now you can start writing the main body of your letter. In the first paragraph, we recommend to write that you’re applying for a bursary. Be straightforward and keep everything simple. We recommend using less than five sentences in this first paragraph.
  4. In the second paragraph, it would be best to explain briefly about your plan, i.e. what will you take as your major and the reason you choose it. Again, keep everything simple and limit this paragraph to six sentences.
  5. In the third paragraph, you can explain the future plans of yours after graduating from college, and why it is important.
  6. In the last paragraph, do express your appreciation for the bursary’s time, and don’t forget to mention your gratitude if you received the financial aid for your education. In this paragraph, having up to six sentences should be more than enough.
  7. Last but not least, end your letter by writing “Sincerely” or similar statement, and don’t forget to give the letter a signature and a name below the signature.

We understand that some of you may think that the application letter would be too simple, but you have to think about the bursary’s time too. Chances are, they read many letters each day for the same application, and hence, it would be a great feat to deliver a simple and straightforward letter. After all, you don’t need to explain everything on the application letter since the information needed is already available in your application.

That being said, you still need to be different than others. Our last tip would be writing the application letter based on your own experience. Sometimes doing that can actually make a personal and intriguing bursary application letter! I hope that this post can help you achieve that.


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