Current Scholarship Recipients
- Thanking Your Scholarship Donor
- Thank you Letter Tips
- Example Thank you Letter Format
- Sample Thank you Letter
- Submitting your Thank you Letter
Congratulations on receiving a named scholarship at the University of the Arts! We are pleased to honor you among the ranks of the University’s elite scholars and artists. This webpage will assist you in submitting your Thank you Letter.
All Thank you letters should be emailed as a Microsoft Word document to Barbara Leopold at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Leopold at 215.717.6137 or email@example.com.
Most of the scholarships available at UArts are made possible by generous contributions from donors who believe in the importance of a college education and want to invest in the future of UArts students. Hearing from scholarship recipients is very meaningful to donors; your note means a great deal.
Because of the importance attached to these acknowledgements, a hold may be placed on the disbursement of your scholarship or your scholarship may be cancelled if your letter is not received in a timely manner.
We thank you in advance for your willingness to submit your materials on time.
Thank you Letter Tips
The goal of a thank you letter is to thank donors for their generous contribution to your education and to share a little about yourself so that your donors can learn about you.
As a guide to help you write your thank you letter, we have provided you with some tips. While we would like you to use these tips, they are not restrictions on how to write your letter.
o Keep your letter to one page. Convey your message in a clear and concise manner.
o Proofread your letter. Make sure the donor’s name and the name of the scholarship are correct.
o Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Sometimes it is hard to proof your own work, so have
someone else read the letter before finalizing it.
o Mention your appreciation for the scholarship that you received (e.g. "Thank you for making this scholarship possible" or "Your scholarship makes it possible for me to concentrate more fully on my artwork.")
o Remember that the donor did not select you as the recipient, but provided the funds for the scholarship (e.g.. "Thanks for making the Jantzen Family Scholarship possible......")
o Discuss yourself, this may include information about your…
- educational background (your year in school and major)
- accomplishments/achievements (obstacles you have overcome to attend college, get accepted into your program, etc.)
- extracurricular activities (stories about a relevant art, extracurricular, or community service project that you are currently involved in)
- goals and aspirations (your future plans-both immediate and long term; or a career you wish to pursue)
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Donor,
First paragraph: Explain why you are writing the letter. You may want to identify your scholarship, major, and year in school in the opening paragraph.
Second (and possible third) paragraph: Tell the donor a little about yourself, your interest in the arts (how you became interested in the arts, what you are specifically interested in – guitar, ceramics, modern ballet, etc.). You can briefly describe your art work, any special programs or student organizations in which you participate, student projects, work experience, leadership experience, etc. You can also write about your plans after you graduate.
Closing paragraph: Thank your donor again for the scholarship and let the donor know how much you appreciate their generous contribution to your education and the University of the Arts.
[Your handwritten signature in pen here]
Your Name Typed
Remember, DO NOT put a date on your letter!
Dear Mrs. Edwards:
As a recipient of the Janice Edwards Scholarship, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your support of UArts and its students. I am a junior in the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts pursuing my degree in Directing, Playwriting, and Production. Receiving your scholarship for the coming academic year has been a wonderful help.
Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born in Boston but grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. While growing up I enjoyed being in several school plays and was always heavily involved in my high school’s drama club. During my free time I volunteer at a local high school’s arts program and assist with their theater club. We meet weekly after school and currently are rehearsing for an upcoming production of ‘Our Town.’ When I am not attending classes or working on coursework, I spend my free time reading playwrights and seeing as many theatre productions in the city as possible. After graduation I hope to secure an internship in Los Angeles, ideally with Warner Brothers Studios. Though I’m especially interested in the field of dramaturge, I realize I have lots to learn and I plan to leave my options open.
Once again, thank you for helping me achieve my educational and career goals.
(Signature here, handwritten in ink)
It is very important that scholarship recipients submit their thank you letter(s) on time. Students who do not have their letter in on time will not have their scholarships applied to their accounts, which may result in an outstanding balance (and possibly a late fee).
All Thank you letters should be emailed as a Microsoft Word document to Barbara Leopold at firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not mail or hand deliver the thank you letter.
Students with questions should contact Barbara Leopold at 215.717.6137 or email@example.com.