The next example of motivation statement (with some changes) was provided by the author for me to be distributed. Hopefully be helpful.
MOTIVATION FOR APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
NAME: Brama Kumbara
PROGRAMME: Master of Science in Advance Mathematics, Harvard University
REASONS FOR A (Name of programe) SCHOLARSHIP
First I would like to express my appreciation for this opportunity to apply for XXX scholarship. I am a graduate of Mojopahit University holding a degree in Mathematics Science, First Class Honours.
With the background knowledge I have in mathematics, I strongly feel that a master course in Advance Mathematics will be very relevant to my practice back here in my country Madangkara. I plan to work with research based groups in applied mathematics sector as well as in local universities with an aim to improve research and human resource capacity building through training.
Owing to limited resources, I have not been able to proceed with further studies here in Madangkara or elsewhere as I lack the necessary funds. I would be grateful to be provided with sponsorship to further my education and build a career and XXX scholarship will be immensely helpful. My future potential employer especially in the public sector such as local universities and research organisations will be a good channel where I can transfer the knowledge gained in an optimized manner to my country and future generations.
In addition I will get a chance through XXX scholarship to interact with students from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds drawn from all over the world. The exposure is important for interaction and integration of diverse ideas and perspectives pertaining to various global issues; for the world is a mosaic of different cultures and a single perspective cannot apply in all these cultures.
Finally I am determined to make the most out of the scholarship benefits. I will optimize my stay at Harvard University to garner a wealth of ideas that will apply when I return to my country and at the same time contribute to a better Harvard University and the Americans with my country Madangkara.
Once again I am grateful for considering my application and I look forward to a favorable reply.