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A sample scholarship motivation letter

Larissa Bean
98 Scholar Lane, 
Smith’s Parish,
Bermuda
 The Scholarship Committee
123 Learning Rd. Suite 4A,
Pembroke, Bermuda

 To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Larissa Bean and I am a second-year student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. I am currently pursuing a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree, and I plan to follow up with a one-year master’s degree after I graduate.

While in high school, I worked extensively with Bermuda Overseas Mission and the local Habitat for Humanity branch to help build homes for low-income families in India, Malawi, and Venezuela. I learned about the construction process from the ground up, and I discovered the importance of function in architectural design. The homes we built during my four years as a volunteer were never extravagant, but they served their purpose and became a beacon of hope for their owners.

My education is largely focused on this mindset: function over form, stability over showmanship. I have enrolled in several classes that crossover to the Architectural Engineering major because I want to have a comprehensive view of how design meets structure. I have worked on three extra-credit residential design projects under the supervision of my architecture professors (Dr. X and Dr. Y) to accelerate my research and education.

I wanted to become an architect to create accessible, affordable housing opportunities in underprivileged communities. In my university town, I have seen countless rental properties available, but there are few homes for sale that are priced affordably enough for college students and first-time buyers. This is the case in many towns throughout Canada, especially areas with a low standard of living. My goal is to build neighbourhoods of sufficient starter homes that can help adults build equity, avoid excessive debt, and create financial stability for their futures.

I have an internship scheduled with LMNOP Architectural Firm in the summer, and I will continue my on-the-job training there after my master’s degree. After working under acclaimed residential architects Suzan Craft and Peter Wood, I would like to open my own architectural firm focused on developing inexpensive, high-quality housing.

Also, I would like to work with Habitat for Humanity again, this time as an architect instead of a general labourer. I believe firmly in their mission to build “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”

I appreciate your consideration. With your assistance, I can continue my schooling in architecture and design to bring accessible homes to those in need. If you need any more information on my education or projects, don’t hesitate to contact me at 123-4567 or email at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Larissa Bean

This article was originally published in the September 2018 edition of Rg Scholarships.

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