How To Write A Scholarship “Thank You” Letter

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Jimmy Fallon holding up a thank you note card behind his desk on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Even Jimmy Fallon knows the value of a good thank you note.

You did it! After all of that hard work and dedication, you finally did it. You won a scholarship.

Congratulations!

Before you can cash in that check, however, you have to submit a letter of thanks to the donors of the scholarship. Don’t panic. This isn’t a test or intended to judge you in any way. It’s merely an official way to express your gratitude to the person who just funded that fat scholarship check of yours (which, I bet you are pretty thankful for).

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Usually, the scholarship provider will give you instructions on what to write in this letter. However, if that were always the case, then you wouldn’t be reading this blog post!

Writing a letter of appreciation to the donors of a scholarship is simple, and I’ve outlined a template structure below.

Structure Of The Letter

Month/Day/Year

Name of scholarship organization or donor (if known)

Address of organization or donor (if known)

Dear ________________________,

Paragraph 1:  Write two to three sentences thanking the donor for the scholarship award.

Paragraph 2: Give the donor about four to six sentences about your background and story. Usually, the donor isn’t the one judging the scholarship. So, there is a very good chance they know nothing about you. Feel free to talk about the same things that you discussed in your scholarship essay.

Paragraph 3: Write another five to eight sentences about your educational aspirations and how the scholarship will help you to realize them. This is where you want to brag about yourself! Show off and talk about all of your accomplishments and how this scholarship is going to help you to achieve even greater things in the future.

Paragraph V: Conclude with a sentence or two repeating how thankful you are.

Sincerely,

Your name and signature

Now, this is just a sample format. Feel free to take the ideas shown here and get creative or put your own signature twist on it.

Don’t Forget To Proofread!

Before sending off your letter, make sure to:

  • Check for any spelling and/or grammar errors
  • Make sure you are addressing the correct person
  • Follow the mailing instructions for the letter carefully

If you are still unsure about any aspect of this process, just reach out to the scholarship provider with any questions that you may have.

Congratulations again on winning a scholarship—and keep up the good work!

Have a question about writing a scholarship thank you letter? Share it below. 

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About Diane Melville

Diane Melville paid for her entire college education with scholarships and is the author of “The Community College Advantage: Your Guide to a Low-Cost, High-Reward Community College Experience.” Find her on Twitter: @DianeMelville

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