Scholarship Office

Writing a Scholarship Thank You Letter

Your scholarship is the result of a generous contribution from a donor and it is vitally important that you take time to say thank you for such a gift. It is an act of common courtesy and a small way of letting our donors know just what a difference their gifts are making in your life and the lives of WIU students. 

Thank you letters should be delivered as instructed in your scholarship award notification - if you have questions, contact the awarding department or office.

Writing Tips

First, keep the letter brief but informative.

  • Remember to actually thank your donor!
  • Name the scholarship you are receiving
  • Include the academic year you will receive the scholarship (e.g. for the 2017-18 school year)

Second, give them some details about yourself, your background, your studies, and/or your future goals. 

  • Organizations, internships
  • Your major (and why?)
  • Family background and high school
  • Future Plans - Short and long term goals

Third, describe the difference this award will make in your education and life.

Last, conclude the note by thanking them again

  • Sign with your full name
  • Include your anticipated graduation year (e.g. if you will graduate in 2019, sign as John Doe '19)

Additional Tips:

  • If you wish, include a nice photograph of yourself.
  • Be accurate and have someone else proofread your letter for correct spelling and grammar.
  • While hand-written is best, a typed letter signed by you is acceptable.
  • If needed, thank you stationary is available in the Scholarship Office.

Sample Letter

Can be used as a guide to creating your letter - DO NOT COPY.

First Paragraph:  Give the purpose of your letter- (I am writing to thank you for the _____Scholarship). Then, express your appreciation for the scholarship – (I am honored to have been selected to receive the scholarship. Or, I was very happy to learn I am the recipient of your scholarship.  Or, I really appreciate receiving this scholarship.)

Second Paragraph: Share information about yourself and how the scholarship is important to you. (I am majoring in _______________. I hope to have a career in _______________. I am interested in this because ______________. The money from this scholarship will help finance my education and allow me to focus on academics/ or studying and becoming involved in college activities.)

Third Paragraph: Thank the donor again and state your desire to honor the scholarship by doing well in your academic studies.