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Thank you letter Guidelines and Tips


Scholarships are made possible through generous gifts made by an individual, family, foundation or corporation. A well-written thank you letter is important to the scholarship donors, who appreciate learning about you, your goals, and future plans. Your letter acknowledges the value of their contributions, and encourages their continued support.

Here are some guidelines and tips for writing a sincere and well-written thank you letter:

  • The letter may be handwritten or typed. If your handwriting is legible, a handwritten note is a nice touch. Use plain white paper or stationary. Do not send the letter by email.
  • Be prompt. Do not wait too long to send your letter of thanks after you've been notified of your scholarship.
  • Address the letter to the donor or the person who should receive the letter with the appropriate title (Dear Dr., Mr., Mrs., Ms.).
  • Start your letter by thanking the donor for their generosity in providing this scholarship. Mention the name of the scholarship in your letter (noted on your congratulatory letter).
  • Next, tell the donor a little about yourself - educational background, extracurricular activities, achievements, aspirations/goals and how this scholarship will help you achieve your college and career goals.
  • Let the donor know what your future plans are. What you plan to do with your degree?
  • Finally, express your appreciation for the financial support received from this scholarship.
  • Check all spelling and grammar.
  • Sign the letter.

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