Scholarship Thank You Letters
Many scholarships at UW-Parkside are provided by generous donors. In recognition of the investment that a donor has made in your college success, we ask all scholarship recipients to write a thank you letter. We often hear from donors how much they appreciate receiving letters from scholarship recipients. Your note of thanks reminds them why they give, and often helps to secure their continued support for future Parkside students.
Tips & Process
- Don’t include a date, address block, or greeting line (“Dear Mr. Smith”). University Advancement will add these to the letter that you provide, before sending to the donor.
- Write clearly and concisely, but with enough detail for the reader to learn about you as an individual. You can usually accomplish this in 3 or 4 paragraphs.
- Proofread and spell check!
- Insert a digital image of your signature into your letter. If you are unable to do this, University Advancement will follow up with you to coordinate a time for you to sign the printed letter.
- Email your completed letter to email@example.com. University Advancement will review and send to the donor.
Questions? Please contact Hannah Wallisch, University Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 595-2233.
What to Write
The thank you letter is your opportunity to express gratitude to your scholarship donor and tell them more about how their support makes a difference in your life. The following outline will give you ideas of what to write.
Paragraph 1: Thank you!
- Introduce yourself: UW-Parkside student receiving the scholarship this year
- Mention the scholarship name - Contact University Advancement if you’re unsure
- Express gratitude for the donor’s support
Paragraph 2: Some details about you
- Your background (hometown, family, etc.)
- Your major at Parkside and why you chose it/what you’re learning
- Career goals
- Other important experiences that you’ve had/hope to have at Parkside (campus involvement, research, internships, community-based learning, etc.)
- Why receiving the scholarship is important to you
- If this is a scholarship renewal (received it last year), give an update on your experience and plans since last year
Paragraph 3: Thanks again
- The impact of their support: Does it inspire you to work hard at UWP? To give back to Parkside or the community in the future? Other ways that it inspires or motivates you?
- Thank your donor one more time for their support of your education.
This sample letter is a reference for the format and kind of information to include in your letter.