This is the part of the job no program manager or evaluation team enjoys. Sending out a scholarship rejection letter to each candidate that was not selected as an award recipient. Though no one likes to be rejected, it is better to know that you are not going to receive a scholarship, than to be left wondering about the outcome. Even if you have already announced who the recipients are publicly, the professional and courteous thing to do is send a rejection letter to candidates that weren’t selected.
If your scholarship program is doing interviews of candidates to continue filtering your selection pool, you may choose to send each ineligible person an applicant rejection letter after interviews have been completed. However, some program managers may opt to send rejection letters to ineligible candidates that have been eliminated prior to these interviews.
Scholarship rejection letters tend to be short and to the point, but you may be wondering what to include in yours? Below, we’ll explore what should be in your program’s applicant rejection letter, and we’ll give you a template you can use to help make the task of writing and sending them a little easier.
Scholarship applications are rejected for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes it is because the essays submitted weren’t as high in quality as those submitted by other candidates. It can also be related to poor GPA, low amounts of extracurricular activities, neglecting to submit all required materials, etc…
The simple fact is many scholarship organizations receive thousands of applications with every round of their program, and not everyone who applies can be an award recipient. Whatever the reason prompting a rejection letter to an applicant, these are the components you should include in yours:
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