How to Write a Thank You Letter for a Scholarship Donor

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Oyewole Folarin loves writing greeting card messages and helping others find the words they need for life's special moments.

Scholarship sponsors or donors are very important philanthropists who help students attend college and follow their dreams. When you have a sponsor who provides financial assistance or aid to help you navigate rough patches and what you want to pursue as a career, a thank you may be appropriate to express your sincere gratitude for their support. While you can send your thoughts to them via email, a personal handwritten thank you letter can go a long way, and it will be treasured for many years to come.

Sometimes it can be quite challenging to find the right words to write when you want to express your deepest thanks to your sponsors for their support towards your academic goals. To get ideas on what to write, here is a guide and a few sample letters you can refer to.

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Formatting a Letter

The main components of a formal letter when writing a thank you letter to a scholarship donor are:

  1. Sender’s address: Write your address at the left side from the top of the page. Your address must clearly state your street address, city, and zip code.
  2. Date: Skip a line after the sender’s address, and then include the date that the letter was written. A date can be included in the top left corner of the paper following the sender’s address. If you are writing in American English, you can have the date in this format: (Month/Date/Year). For example, March 18, 2018. In British English, dates usually take this format: (Day/Month/Year). For example, 18 March 2018.
  3. Recipient’s address: Skip a line after the date and provide the recipient address which can be written on the left-hand side of the paper.
  4. Salutation: If you are unsure of the recipient’s gender you may use their full name. For example, you can write something like “Dear John King” followed by a comma. Include the recipient correct title such as Mrs., Mr., Dr., or Prof. If in doubt of a woman’s personal title, use Ms.
  5. The body of the letter: In the body of the letter, state briefly why you are writing the letter. Tell the scholarship sponsor a brief information about yourself and life goals. Let them know the impact their financial investment has on your academics and personal life. Let them know a little detail about your future plans after graduation.
  6. End the letter: The closing statement should summarize and restate your intention for writing the letter.
  7. Closure of the letter: The sign off will depend on how the recipient is well-known to you.
  8. Add your name at the bottom.

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How to Write a Scholarship Thank You Letter

Here is a step-by-step guide to writing an appreciation letter to scholarship donors who are committed to helping students who are exceptionally brilliant and others who do not have the financial capacity to attend college.

1. Start your letter with a personal greeting. For example: “Dear [name of scholarship donor or name of organization],”

2. State the reason you are writing the letter. It can be something like this:

  • “I feel so honored and blessed for being the recipient of the 2018-2019 Microsoft International Scholarship at Harvard University, and want to express my sincerest gratitude for your tremendous financial help towards my academic goals.”
  • “I am writing to express my deepest thank you for selecting me as the recipient of this year MacArthur Scholarship for academic excellence at Oxford University.”

3. State what their financial help means to you, as well as the impact the scholarship award has on your future goals. For example, it can be something like this:

  • “My greatest passion in life is to pursue a higher degree in nursing at Georgia State University. This would never have been possible without your support.”
  • “As a recipient of the scholarship, I will be able to spend more time on my studies and realize my dream of becoming a town planner.”

4. Thank them again. For example:

  • “Thank you again for your financial investment and long-lasting impact on my life goals.”
  • “Thank you for helping me attain my greatest dream.”
  • “Thank you again for helping me continue my education into university and putting me on the path to greatness.”

5. Close the letter with any of these phrases: “Yours faithfully,” or “Sincerely” followed by a comma. You may use “Sincerely" if you use the recipient’s name in the salutation.

6. Sign your name.

Sample Scholarship Thank You letters

If you want to share something more personal or write more details about the impact their scholarship award has on your academic career, a short letter is a great idea. Below are four samples to inspire you.

Sample Letter #1

[Your address]

[City, state, zip]


[Date]


[Name of scholarship]

[Address]

[City, State, Zip]


Dear [name of scholarship donor],

I would like to sincerely thank you for selecting me as the recipient of the [name of scholarship] scholarship for the year 2018-2019 academic year at [name of university or college]. I am truly thankful for your financial assistance and commitment towards International students’ educational advancement.

One of my greatest dreams has been earning a doctorate degree in [name of course] at [name of university], and this would never have been possible by now without generous donor like you who are awarding scholarship which covers my tuition fees in full.

I cannot thank you enough for giving me the financial support that will enable me to keep pursuing my academic career. I only hope that one day I can make meaningful contributions to the educational pursuits of future students just as you have made my dream a reality through scholarship.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

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Sample Letter #2

[Your address]

[City, State, zip]


[Date]


[Name of scholarship]

[Address]

[City, State, Zip]


Dear [name of scholarship donor],

I feel exceedingly honored to be one of the recipients of the [name of scholarship] Scholarship, and want you to know the impact the financial grant has made in my academic and personal life.

Your scholarship will be very beneficial in helping me to realize my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, caring for vulnerable children, and saving people’s lives.

Please accept my sincerest thank you for this huge help allowing my dream come true. And I hope to be able to help future students achieve their academic goals just as you have helped me.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

Sample Letter #3

[Your address]

[City, State, zip]


[Date]


[Name of scholarship]

[Address]

[City, State, Zip]


Dear [name of scholarship donor],

I am writing to thank you for awarding me the [name of scholarship] scholarship for the 2019 academic year at [name of university or college]. I am truly appreciative of the opportunity given to continue pursuing my academic career.

I am also glad to let you know that I am the first person in my family to attend overseas university. It would not have been possible without your donation to the [name of university or college] scholarship program for academic excellence.

Thank you again for the life-changing gift you have given and equipping me for a lifetime of success.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

Sample Letter #4

[Your address]

[City, State, zip]


[Date]


[Name of scholarship]

[Address]

[City, State, Zip]


Dear [name of scholarship donor],

I am writing to thank you for the support that you have provided for me through the [name of scholarship] award in the 2018-2019 academic year at [name of University or college].

Becoming a computer scientist has always been what I wanted to be in life. I have no doubt in my mind to say that this financial assistance has made it so easy for me to spend more time on my studies and has put me on a path to greatness.

Thank you for helping me attain one of my greatest dreams. You have inspired me in any way and that one sure way to give something back to the community is through scholarship.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name]

Note:

The samples above are only a guide, and you don’t have to copy and paste them as they are. If you can follow the step by step guide above, I believe you will be better off crafting a thoughtful scholarship thank you letter. And remember to ask someone to help you proofread what you have written before sending.

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