How to write a Thank You

Scholarship are created for many reasons. Some are memorials to loved ones, some are marketing for a company, and some are provided to help pay for your education because the donor believes that students like you can make a difference in the world. You owe nothing in return, except your gratitude.

We strongly encourage all of our students to express their gratitude to the donors of your scholarships by writing a thank-you note. Your note confirms the value of their contributions and encourages their continued support of future students.

The following is a suggested outline of how you might write your thank-you letter:

Paragraph 1:

  • Thank the donor for their generosity in providing this scholarship. Tell the donor how this scholarship makes a difference to your education.

Paragraph 2:

  • Tell the donor a little about yourself—where you come from, why you chose the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, or what field of study you have chosen for a major.

Paragraph 3:

  • Talk about your goals and future plans after completing your education at UWL.

Paragraph 4:

  • Thank the donor again.

Sample "Thank You" Letter

(Your current address in the upper right hand corner)

(Donor's address on the left hand side above the salutation)

Dear (name of the individual who established or is responsible for the fund):

Thank you for your generous award from the (donor/organization name) scholarship program. Your support is helping me to reach my goal of graduating in (term and year) with a bachelor's degree in (name your field of study).

I grew up (insert your hometown here or if you moved around a lot while you were growing up this would be the place to expand on that) where (briefly and accurately describe a difficult financial situation that you have overcome or are currently working to overcome). I chose to pursue (name your field of study) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse because (talk about why you chose the degree(s) that you did and why you chose to attend UWL instead of another institute, what types of things factored into this decision, and include something about what academic success means to you).

Throughout my time here I've worked part-time while attending school full time and recently started a second job to ensure that my debt after graduation wouldn't be as high and to support myself. My grades suffered last semester because I ended up working full-time and going to school full-time just to make ends meet and to try bettering my future. Thanks to your scholarship, I'm able to cut down on the hours that I'm working at both jobs to be able to focus on my grades.

I can not begin to thank you enough or to tell you how much this award means to me and my future. I hope to one day be able to help others like you have helped me.

With gratitude,

(Your first and last name)
(Email address)