Scholarship Thank You Letter

Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. Your responsibility includes a follow-up thank you letter, acknowledging the generous gift-aid you are receiving, due to the philanthropy of the scholarship sponsor.

Sending a personalized thank you letter confirms that the scholarship was important enough to you to take the time to present yourself in a professional manner. The goal of a thank you letter to your donors is to thank them for their generous contribution to your education and to share a little about yourself so that your donors can learn about you.

Thank You Letter Tips:

  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Double-check for typos and grammatical errors.
  • Express enthusiasm.
  • Be sincere.
  • Send it typewritten in business format.
  • Use quality paper.

Example Format

Your Street Address
City, State Zip


Mr. and Mrs. John Smith
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith:

First Paragraph: Explain why you are writing the letter. Be sure to identify your scholarship and that you are a student in the college (Name of college).

Second (and possible third) Paragraph: Tell the donor a little about yourself. You can briefly describe your research, any special programs or student organizations in which you participate, student projects, work experience, leadership experience, etc. You can also write about your plans after you graduate.

Closing Paragraph: Thank your donor again for the scholarship and let the donor how much you appreciate their generous contribution to your


[Handwritten signature]

Your Name Typed




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