Suggestions for Writing a Scholarship Thank You Letter

-Here are some other suggestions on your thank you letter:

-Make sure your letter is legible. If your handwriting is hard to read, you should type the letter instead.

-Be sure to address the donor of the scholarship and not the scholarship committee.

-Letters should be proofread and you should have someone else proofread it as well.

-A store bought card can be nice but be sure to write your own thoughts.

-You should let the donor(s) know something about yourself and the impact their generosity has had on your education and life. You should also indicate what your future goals may be.

-Feel free to come in to the Office of Student Financial Assistance if you have trouble writing your thank you letter and a staff member will assist you.

-Tailor your essay for your intended audience--While writing your essay, it is important to stay focused on the topic and specifically address the essay question.

-Target your audience by using key words-- identify the goals of the donor as well as identifying why you should be selected for the scholarship.

-Stand Out-- Make the committee interested in who you are by grabbing their attention. Give the committee something different, so brainstorming will be very important before you begin writing your essay. Grab the reader’s attention with your essay and make the reader want to learn more about you.


-Identifying You-- Who are you, what are your goals, how will receiving the scholarship help you to accomplish your educational objectives? Scholarship Committees often make the decisions on awarding scholarships, and want to know about you, so using the essay is a good way to introduce yourself to the committee. Examples of identifying you also include: campus and community involvement, and hobbies.

-Avoid Negative Messages—When writing your essay, avoid negative messages such as the tear jerker. Many use this method in hopes of being selected for a scholarship; it may have the opposite impact and not accomplish the intended message.

-Positive Messages-- In keeping with the theme of tailoring and targeting your audience, it is important to do so with positive messages. Positive Messages are important when discussing negative situations. It gives great insight to you as a person, i.e., how you have overcome difficult situations.

-Proof Read-- Essays should be proof read several times over to ensure that there are not typing, or grammatical errors. Utilize your resources such as the UCF Writing Center or having a financial aid advisor review your essay.