Current Scholarship Recipients

 

Information Release Form
Thanking Your Scholarship Donor
Thank-you Letter Requirements
Thank-you Letter Tips
Example Thank-you Letter Format
Sample Thank-you Letter
Submitting your Thank-you Letter and Information Release Form

 

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.

We hope this webpage assists you in submitting your Information Release Form, and if necessary, your Thank-you Letter. Please note that only students that have been contacted via email with specific instructions to submit a Thank-you Letter must do so. This email will also contain the name of the donor to write the Thank-you Letter to. These emails will be sent out to students during the summer months. Please keep an eye on your UArts email accounts for these important emails.

If you have any questions about your Information Release Form or Thank-you Letter, please contact Mary Greer at 215.717.6152 or mgreer@uarts.edu.
 

Information Release Form

All named scholarship recipients must complete the Information Release Form. Students are welcome to email the completed form to Mary Greer at mgreer@uarts.edu, or mail/hand deliver a completed hard copy.

Hard copies should be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services, on the 2nd floor of Hamilton Hall.

The mailing address is:

Mary Greer
Student Financial Services Counselor
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

 


Thanking Your Scholarship Donor

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. By writing a thank you letter, you demonstrate that you are the kind of student they can be proud to support. Hearing from scholarship recipients is very meaningful to donors. It allows them to obtain a glimpse of how their gifts have made a difference in the life of a student. Although you are busy and don’t have much spare time, your note means a great deal to the University’s donors.

Because of the importance attached to these acknowledgements and your Information Release Form, a hold may be placed on the disbursement of your scholarship or your scholarship may be cancelled if your letter and Information Release Form are not received in a timely manner.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to submit your materials on time.

 

Thank-you Letter Requirements

To receive your scholarship funds, you must submit your thank you letter(s) and Information Release Form by the date indicated on your scholarship notification email. Failure to submit your letter and form by the deadline may result in your scholarship award being rescinded.

We ask that you please follow the Thank-you Letter Requirements below.

o Your letter must be printed on standard white, 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper.
o Your letter must be hand signed.
o Your letter must NOT be dated.
o Your letter must be submitted on time and in good condition (i.e. not stained, wrinkled, folded, or submitted with damaged/torn edges)

If you receive multiple donor-funded scholarships, you may need to submit an individual thank you letter for each scholarship. Also, if you are receiving a renewable scholarship, you may be required to write a thank you letter to the donor each year that you receive the scholarship.

 

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)

 

Example Thank-you Letter Format

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.

Sincerely,

[Your handwritten signature in pen here]

Your Name Typed

 

Sample Thank-you Letter

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.

Sincerely,

(Signature here, handwritten in ink)

Sally Smith

 

Submitting your Thank-you Letter and Information Release Form

It is very important that scholarship recipients submit their thank-you letter(s) and Information Release Form on time. Students who do not have their materials 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 mailed* to the following address and be postmarked NO LATER than the date indicated on your scholarship notification email:

Mary Greer
Student Financial Services Counselor
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

*Thank-you Letters and Information Release Forms may also be hand-delivered to the Office of Student Financial Services on the 2nd floor of Hamilton Hall.

Students with questions should contact Mary Greer at 215.717.6152 or mgreer@uarts.edu.