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Dear (List Donor’s Name),
– The first paragraph should state why you are sending the Thank You letter. You should make sure to include the Scholarship name and amount you were awarded. Explain why you appreciate their donation.
Example: As a recipient of the (Scholarship Name) I wanted to thank you for helping make my college education a reality. Your generous donation of (Amount) will help me to accomplish my goals of obtaining a degree at Purdue Northwest. These funds have given me the ability to focus on my coursework for this school year with less concern at finances.
– The second paragraph is a chance for you to introduce yourself and let the donor know what your interest and hobbies are. The donor wants to get to know who their donation is going to support. Tell them about why you chose to attend Purdue Northwest, your background and what your future goals are.
Example: I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Northwest Indiana where my family works in the restaurant industry. I always noticed how rewarding it felt to provide people with good quality service. This led me to want a career in Hospitality. At a young age Purdue was always the top choice for me. I knew that Purdue Northwest would allow me to stay close to my family and receive a highly recognized education. Purdue Northwest has a highly ranked Hospitality and Tourism program so I knew this was the place for me. I am currently involved in the Hospitality and Tourism Management Club and the Student Government Association.
– The third paragraph should close the letter and give you a chance to thank the donor one last time.
Example: Once again I want to thank you for your scholarship donation. I understand that without people who are generous and caring, like you, a college education would not be possible for students like me. Knowing that someone else cares about my education motivates me to strive extra hard for excellence. I have been truly touched by your generosity and hope to one day give back just as you have. Again I would like to thank you.