NOTICE: The UWSP Foundation will not release any scholarship dollars until a thank-you note has been written to the appropriate individual. When selected for a scholarship, you will be given information on how to fulfill this requirement.

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Did you receive a scholarship?  Have you thanked your donor yet?  We all know money doesn't grow on trees - the same is true of scholarship dollars. To show your appreciation, how about sending a thank you note to the people who made your scholarship possible? Below are some resources to get you started.

How do I thank my donor?

Below are excerpts from Scholarship America’s May 5, 2011 article “Say Thank You After Receiving a Scholarship.” The full article is available here.
Just as you would thank someone who gave you a birthday or graduation gift, you should thank the person or organization who awarded your scholarship. Scholarship dollars should be treated as the gift they are. Scholarship sponsors want to know that their gift to you is appreciated.
Stuck on how to get started? Here is a simple outline to help you out.
1. Get out your stationery. A hand-written note shows you were really touched by the gift, so touched that you want to thank your benefactor in a personal way. While hand-written is best, a typed letter signed by you is a good choice (especially if your handwriting isn't the greatest). Stay away from E-mail if possible; if you can't, make sure your E-mail is warm and appropriately personal (see number 4, below).
2. Properly address the letter. If you received a scholarship from your parents' place of business, consider addressing the letter to the president of the company. The same holds true if your scholarship was from another company in the community: Address your thank you to the president. For scholarships awarded by community foundations, alumni associations, or nonprofit groups address your letter to the executive director, board chairman, or president (whichever is the top title in that organization).
Once you've found the appropriate name and address, a simple salutation is best: "Dear Ms. Jones" followed by a comma. If you can't find the person's name, it is acceptable to substitute "Dear [name of organization or scholarship] selection committee" followed by a comma.
*Note: The UWSP Foundation will provide an addressee when you receive notice of your scholarship.
3. Start simple. "Thank you for the [name of] scholarship" is the best possible beginning.
4. Be personal. In your thank you letter, tell the scholarship sponsor what the award means to you. If it's enough to cover books for a semester, include that. If it means you won't have to work a part-time job (so you'll be able to spend more time on your studies), tell them. The scholarship sponsors want to see the impact of their financial investment in your future.
5. Be more personal, if you have more to say. If you are the first person in your family to attend college, or if the gift will allow you to attend your first-choice school, for example, include that information. The more you can illustrate the importance of this scholarship award to you, the better.
6. Write legibly and spell everything correctly. You might consider drafting your letter before putting it on stationery, to ensure that you have enough room to write what you want to say.
7. If you're comfortable, allow the scholarship sponsor to share your letter. Sharing your letter with others enables the sponsor to better demonstrate the reasons why scholarship programs are important. Hearing from you why your scholarship matters is much more compelling than hearing dry statistics and facts.
Example: "Please feel free to share my thanks and my story with others in your organization, including publications and online. I would be honored to help you raise more funds for more students."
8. End with another simple thank you. Go ahead, repeat yourself. The person receiving your hand-written thank you letter won't mind.
9. Sign it. Sign your name after using the closing word or phrase that feels right to you (i.e., "Sincerely," "Best regards," "Most sincerely," etc.).
Congratulations on earning your scholarships, and good luck!

What should I include in my letter?

Here's a checklist of important items to include in your letter:
1) Which scholarship you received
2) How it enhanced your experience at UWSP
3) Why you appreciate being selected
4) Remember to say thank you!
5) Your email, phone and/or mailing address. Occasionally, donors may want to respond back to you!

Sample Thank You Letters


Sample Thank You #3