Sample Scholarship Thank You Letters
Two Examples to Give You an Idea
Winning scholarships shows that you are a class-act, with academic credentials and extracurricular commitments deemed worthy of free college cash. But it doesn’t end the day you endorse your scholarship checks – your responsibility includes a follow-up thank you letter, acknowledging the generous gift-aid you are receiving, due to the philanthropy of the scholarship sponsor.
For most students, transitioning into college requires financial assistance like loans and grants. For high-achievers, scholarships provide additional resources. To qualify, students put their best collective foot forward, encouraging scholarship sponsors to lean in their direction when granting awards. Achievements speak for themselves, but certain personal traits are also desirable in the eyes of educational benefactors. Interviews are often part of the scholarship application process, so candidates and scholarship administrators have personal contact during the review. Just as it is important to present yourself favorably during the scholarship application process, following up with a thank you cements your image with scholarship sponsors.
Keep letters brief, but make sure to tell the donor(s) about yourself, the impact their generosity has on your education, as well as future goals that are supported by the educational funding that has been provided. Generally, your thank you response should be submitted in paper form, to the individual or organization most instrumental in landing you the award. Follow these guidelines for most scholarship thank you letters.
- Grammar and spelling should be checked and correct – it is, after all, an academic award.
- Be genuine and sincere in the tone of your thank you letter.
- Show your personality. The formality remains, but you are now an appreciative recipient, rather than a prospective candidate. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your enthusiasm and excitement about winning the scholarship.
- Submit your letter in a business-type structure, typewritten on high quality resume paper.
- Above all, convey your message of thanks clearly and somewhat concisely.
Use these following sample letters as guidelines for crafting effective scholarship thank you letters.
Dear Scholarship Donor,
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the ______________Scholarship. Thanks to your generous support I am the first in my family to attend college.
Growing up in a less privileged community has not only offered financial and academic challenges, but has also helped me realize the value of a college education.
I have just begun my undergraduate career as a freshman at ________________ College/University and can already report that my academics are off to a first-rate start. My plans at this stage are to complete a major in Political Science. ___________________ College/University offers one of the finest programs in the country and I consider myself fortunate to be able to attend.
Working as a volunteer in my community throughout my high school career, I enjoyed helping people learn about community services available to them. I hope to be able to serve in a political position sometime in the future, where I might have even more of an ability to help less fortunate and under-represented social groups. My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship sponsors like your organization. Thank you for enabling this opportunity!
Dear Scholarship Donor,
My lifelong dream of attending medical school is moving forward, thanks to generous educational scholarships like yours. Since being named one of the recipients of the __________________________ Scholarship, my dream is becoming a reality at ___________ College/University Medical School. The $_______ award gives me an opportunity to earn skills that will serve the medical community following graduation. Thank you personally for your generosity: Without scholarship patrons willing to support medical education, students such as myself would be unable to pursue advanced health care degrees.
Your scholarship will help me earn credentials in Pediatric Medicine, which requires special training and coursework. My passion for medicine is matched only by my love for children, so my decision to specialize in Pediatrics comes from the heart.
Once again, thank you for the vote of confidence and the medical school scholarship. I am committed to my education and to the health care field, and one step closer to becoming a doctor, thanks to your continued generosity and the _____________________ Scholarship.