Most of the scholarships available at San Diego State University (SDSU) are made possible by contributions from generous donors who want to invest in the future while demonstrating their belief in the importance of a college education.
The thank you letter is an opportunity for you to show your donor you are the kind of student they can be proud to support.
Hearing from scholarship recipients is very meaningful to donors or their living relatives. It gives them an opportunity to obtain a glimpse of how the gift has made a difference in the life of a student. Your words encourage the donor to continue supporting other students like you.
Pay careful attention to the grammar, spelling, and organization of your letter.
Good grammar provides clarity. Correct spelling communicates your intelligence and attention to detail.
Use the spell checking function in your word processing software. Use a good grammar and style reference to eliminate any problems you may have with sentence and paragraph structure.
Set your work aside for awhile, then read the letter again, aloud this time. And finally, have someone else proofread it to identify any errors you may have missed.
Consider including some of the following topics in your letter as you thank the donor for the scholarship.