Though many scholarship providers offer an online scholarship application
process, you may come across a few scholarship programs or colleges that require
students to mail in a scholarship application request letter. For these scholarship
providers, the scholarship letter is one of the first steps in securing college
financial aid, which is something you want to be sure to do when you start to
apply to college. Your letter of inquiry
will be the source of the scholarship provider's first impression of you, so it
is important for your letter to be well written, and contain the
Before you can make an inquiry, you must first know the source of the
scholarship and who to contact within the organization. If
your letter is addressed to the wrong individual or department, you may
miss an important deadline or miss being considered for a scholarship
entirely. Performing internet searches can get you started, but sorting
through thousands of internet listings can be a daunting task.
WiseChoice has developed a tool to help you find the right scholarships
quickly and easily. By filling out just one questionnaire, you'll be
presented with scholarships you’re eligible for, which can save you
hours of searching the web. Let the WiseChoice Scholarship Finder help make
getting into college and paying for it a lot easier for you!
If you find a scholarship that may be a good fit, you will want to find out if you are required to send
in a letter of inquiry to get the scholarship application details. Be sure to use the following
formula to create perfect scholarship letters every time.
First, get to the point immediately. The person receiving
your letter may read many dozens of scholarship inquiries - don't waste
his or her time! Clear and concise is the best way to go: “I
am writing to inquire about the XYZ Scholarship. I'd like to
understand the requirements and any information that may help my
Second, you may want to provide a bit of background to provide the reader
with some context for your inquiry. While this is not your
college application, you can set the stage for the scholarship provider
by pointing out some achievements. Or mentioning why your background fits nicely with the goals of
the scholarship program.
Lastly, close your letter with a clear statement of exactly what you
are attempting to accomplish with your letter. Do you want
information mailed to you? Are you asking for a phone call? It is
important to be clear.
Your letter should be short, clear and concise. Use standard block
format and be sure to check your grammar and spelling. Beyond that, just follow the
formula: state why you are writing, provide a paragraph of context,
restate your request and thank the reader for his or her help and
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