The scholarship programs are funded through generous contributions made by various donors. It is important to acknowledge those contributions that help ease the financial burden of attending college for so many students.

The Importance of Thanking Your Donor

The Importance of Thanking Your Donor

Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational
endeavors of students like you. They typically ask for nothing in return, but receiving a well written
thank you letter from a student is always special and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship
was greatly appreciated.  Your letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often helps
secure continuing gifts for future students.

Tips for Thank You Letters
Write clearly and concisely.  Do not make your letter mechanical sounding.  Even though it is a
"formal" letter, do not be hesitant to give it your own unique personality.  Double-check spelling
and grammatical errors.  Express enthusiasm.  Be sincere.

First paragraph:   State the purpose of your letter.
Make sure to explicitly name the scholarship.

Second paragraph:
Share a little about yourself and indicate why the scholarship is
important.   Offer brief information on your educational and geographic background.
Third paragraph: Close by thanking the person again and make a commitment to do
well with the “donor’s investment.” 

You should comment on the impact their generosity has had on your future and even a
few short sentences about what you expect to accomplish thanks in part to their gift.

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