Scholarship Thank You Letters

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 ask for nothing in return. Receiving
a well written thank you letter from the student who received their scholarship is
always special and lets the donor know how much you appreciate their support. Your
letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often helps secure continuing
gifts for future students.

 

Writing A Well Written Letter

Make sure the letter is free of both grammatical and spelling errors. You are an important
part of Southeastern Louisiana University, and the literacy demonstrated in your letter
is a reflection on all of us.

Thank You Letter Tips:

  • Write clearly and concisely.
  • Double-check your letter for typographical and grammatical errors—better yet, ask
    a friend to review it.
  • Express enthusiasm.
  • Be sincere.

You were awarded a scholarship because your personal qualities, financial need and/or
academic abilities stood above all other applicants. Sending a thank you letter confirms
that this scholarship was important enough to you to take the time to present yourself
in a professional manner. The sample letters (provided below) are to help you compose
your own thank you letter in a professional format.

 

Sample Thank You Letter 1

[Date] [Mr./Mrs. First and Last Name of Donor or Name of Organization ] [Name of Scholarship]
[Address] [City, State, Zip]

Dear [Donor Name or Organization Name],

First paragraph: State the purpose of your letter.

I am writing to thank you for your generous $500 [Name of scholarship] scholarship.
I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of
your scholarship.

Second paragraph: Share a little about yourself and indicate why the scholarship is
important.

I am a Finance major with a concentration in Financial Statement Analysis. I plan
to pursue a career as a Financial Analyst upon graduating from Southeastern Louisiana
University. I am currently a junior with 15 hours, and plan to graduate in the fall
of 2023. Further, I have plans to also earn a MBA after gradutation. Thanks to you,
I am one step closer to that goal.

Third paragraph: Close by thanking the person again and make a commitment to do well
with the donor’s investment.

By awarding me the [Name of scholarship], you have lightened my financial burden,
which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school: learning. Your
generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one
day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Sincerely,

[Sign your name here] [Type your name]

 

Sample Thank You Letter 2

[Date] [Mr./Mrs. First and Last Name of Donor or Name of Organization ] [Name of Scholarship]
[Address] [City, State, Zip]

Dear [Donor Name or Organization Name],

First paragraph: State the purpose of your letter.

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you for making the [Name of Scholarship]
possible. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor, and I am deeply
appreciative of your support.

Second paragraph: Share a little about yourself and indicate why the scholarship is
important.

I am a sophomore with an education major; I hope to become an elementary school teacher
upon graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University. The financial assistance you
provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will
allow me to concentrate more of my time on studying.

Third paragraph: Close by thanking the person again and make a commitment to do well
with the donor’s investment.

Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will work very hard
and eventually give back to others, both as teacher and possibly a scholarship to
future students like myself.

Sincerely,

[Sign your name here] [Type your name]