How do I write a perfect scholarship thank you letter? Writing a thank you letter after you have been awarded a scholarship can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, but only if you take the time to properly express your gratitude towards the donor, who likely worked very hard to make this possible.
These tips on how to write a scholarship thank you letter will help ensure that you leave your donor with nothing less than a lasting positive impression of your character and work ethic.
A scholarship thank you letter is an important part of the application process, and it can make all the difference in whether or not your application gets accepted.
Tips to Write a Scholarship Thank You Letter
1. Acknowledge the name of the program and date
The first step in writing your letter is to address the scholarship program and date you are thanking. Include the program’s name and the name of the organization or foundation sponsoring it.
If it was a monetary award, include how much money you received and the date on which you received it. If not, just mention that fact that there was no monetary award involved.
2. Mention the person who sponsored your application or supported your project
The next step is to mention the individual who had helped with your application for this particular scholarship opportunity (or another type of scholarship) by listing their name, position, company, and contact information. A thank you note should always be addressed to someone, so be sure to write one! Listing all of these details will help them know what scholarship they were responsible for as well as make it easier for them to find their way back to your application if they want more information about your research project.
While writing, make sure you include their first and last names, job title, company name, street address, city/township/locality of business headquarters, state/province/territory of business headquarters, ZIP code of business headquarters, country of business headquarters (if outside the United States), telephone number(s), fax number(s), email address(es).
Be sure to thank them again for helping support your academic efforts and send best wishes for continued success in their career.
3. Mention your interest in the organization
This letter is your opportunity to show off your enthusiasm and personality in addition to providing the committee with any additional information they may be interested in.
Make sure you mention why you are passionate about the organization, what they do that interests you, and how their work has affected your life or why it is important. If you have attended an event sponsored by the organization, feel free to mention this experience!
You might also mention how working with the organization would fit into your career goals or how valuable volunteering with them would be.
Plus, make sure you thank them for considering you for such an incredible honor and highlight something from their website that really grabbed your attention (or mention another instance where you showed interest).
Again, don’t forget to include your contact information at the end of the letter so they can get back to you if they need any more clarification or just want to congratulate you on being chosen as a finalist.
4 Express your gratitude
Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to stand out in the crowd. The scholarship committee members want to know that you appreciate their efforts and that you are grateful for the opportunity.
Below are some tips for writing an effective gratitude message.
- Clearly express your appreciation for receiving the award.
- Keep it short – no more than one page.
- Emphasize your excitement about pursuing education and your future goals, as well as specific plans or courses that you plan on taking as a result of receiving this award.
- Proofread, proofread, proofread! Make sure to get someone else’s opinion on the content before submitting it; they’ll likely be able to find mistakes that you overlooked.
5. Provide examples that are compelling
One of the most important parts of your scholarship thank you letter is the example of how you’ll use the scholarship. Provide an example of how you will use the scholarship in order to better serve your community, school, etc.
And highlight why your particular skill set or dedication are perfect for this opportunity. For example, if you’re applying for an art scholarship that requires students to participate in a gallery show and create pieces that align with the exhibit’s theme, include an example of your past work that supports what they’re looking for.
If they ask applicants to submit two samples of their writing on assigned topics, then include examples of those pieces. If they require applicants submit examples of their artistic ability as well as provide photos or video showcasing their work, include links or a photo gallery if necessary.
6. Wrap up with an actionable next step
You want your thank you letter to be memorable and set you apart from the competition. So, what should it contain?
- Thank the scholarship committee.
- Share something that resonated with you about the organization or program.
- Express your gratitude for their consideration and let them know how much it means to have been selected as one of the finalists.
- Share future plans if you have them – where are you in your academic career?
- Finally, end by reiterating your interest in the program and asking any questions they might not have answered in their materials.
Most importantly, offer an actionable next step. Let’s take a look at the sample below:
“I would like to learn more about the timeline and next steps associated with this opportunity or I am very excited to learn more about the opportunity. Would you mind sending me some information?”
If they request additional information at this time, be sure to follow up promptly so that they can get back to considering all candidates on their list!
To ensure that you have the best chance of winning, make sure you go over everything you have written before sending.
Before that lets go over a quick recap:
- Be prompt! Get your letter submitted as soon as possible after receiving notification that you won. If it is already too late and you know this, mention so in your letter.
- Express gratitude.
- Express appreciation for the opportunity.
- Highlight how the award will benefit you and why they should be proud to have chosen you.
- Include anything else that might be helpful such as ways they could help if they’re interested in continuing their support, or what made them stand out among other applicants.