Motivation letters are usually required for graduate-level scholarships.
Sometimes, you may need to write one for specialty programs at a bachelor’s level too.
You can also mention volunteer work, academic achievements, participation in clubs or activities (particularly those in which you held leadership roles), and internships. Include details that are relevant to the position you want (use the job description as your guide to the qualities and training the employer seeks).
Other things you can mention are soft skills – interpersonal “people” skills like creative thinking, communication, teamwork, or time management that will help you to adapt easily to the people and clients or customers you will be working with.
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I am very interested in pursuing a masters degree at the University of UNIVERSITY NAME in Cardiac Rehabilitation (or the area you are interested in).
In addition to graduating with a 3.75 GPA, I spent a semester at a university in Japan, and I have strong conversational skills in the Japanese language.
I believe this would be an asset, as I know your studio does a lot of collaborations with major design studios in Japan.
If you have the option to include a motivation letter with your scholarship application, take it.
This may be the only chance you have to wow the review committee.