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 Plymouth State 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 biology major with an emphasis in physiology and anatomy. I plan to pursue a career in pharmacy upon graduating from Plymouth State. I am currently a junior carrying 17 units, and plan to graduate in the fall of 2020. After graduation, I will attend pharmacy school to earn my pharmaceutical degree. 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 Plymouth State. 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]