A scholarship application cover letter is a written communication that accompanies a scholarship application, and its purpose is to describe the applicant. A scholarship letter of recommendation is a written communication from a qualified individual who recommends the applicant.
A scholarship application cover letter explains why the applicant is applying for the scholarship and how the scholarship can assist the candidate in achieving her educational objectives. A typical letter outlines her strengths, goals and suitability for the scholarship. A successful letter uses a formal tone and a clear structure that matches the context of the accompanied application.
Some scholarships require a candidate to provide a letter of recommendation. Written by someone who recommends the applicant, this letter outlines the applicant's outstanding or relevant qualifications.