How to answer the question "Why do you deserve a scholarship?" when applying for a scholarship?

  • I'm in the process of applying for master of "Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems" in VU university. The university requires me to write a letter describing why I deserve a scholarship. I have written this letter multiple times, but every time I read it from beginning to end I feel it contains pride words and I think this will not help me to get scholarship.

    Can someone help me to write effective letters like this?

    What level of study are you applying for (e.g. undergraduate/masters/PhD)? The answers might differ a bit depending on this.

    @TaraB question updated

  • Committee must be convinced that the money will be well used. It would look best if you told you would invest the money to become better at the field of your studies (buy literature, go to conferences, pay for some courses or certifications, publishing your articles in journals). However, trying to look perfect could backfire. In my country it would be reasonable if you wrote that part of the scholarship would be spent on something not related to education. But that depends on the country, culture, traditions, committee members etc.

    You must also convince the committee that you will do good in studies. That is why you should mention your study results and achievements.

    You must convince the committee that you like the field of your studies, you are passionate and will keep working hard. If your studies have helped you at your work, mention that. Also mention your short and long term goals - educational and professional.

    You can also mention your strongest characteristics and give arguments. (example: leadership abilities, you lead a student team in project x which was successful. )

    The motivation letter as a whole is the answer to the question "Why do you deserve a scholarship?”

    edit #1: I changed the part about spending scholarship money on something not education related, because of the comment by Trylks.

    "I think it would be reasonable if you wrote that part of the scholarship would be spent on something not related to education." Like buying food and staying alive, then you could say that you want to be healthy to have an optimum cognitive performance, for your education, but committees are not known for their sense of humor, so better don't do that.

    @Trylks that is a good point, I edited my answer.

    No, sorry, I didn't word that clearly. The scholarship in VU is probably meant to be a sort of salary, so that you can do your "work"/research/studies and survive with that salary (which is just enough for that). So the point to make is explain why you are the best candidate for that "position" and how are you going to bring the greatest glory and fame (through academic performance and merit) to the people/institution/organism/thing "paying" (funding) you (your work/research/studies). In short, basically stating: past achievements, current interests and enthusiasm and other success predictors.

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