Letter Guidelines Salutation: Dear (insert scholarship name) Benefactor First P


Letter Guidelines
Salutation: Dear (insert scholarship name) Benefactor
First Paragraph: Thank the benefactor for their part in making the scholarship possible. Tell them how the scholarship is making a difference in your life. Be sure to express your appreciation for their generosity and for being honored as this year’s recipient.
DO NOT thank the benefactor for choosing you as the recipient, nor should you mention the amount of your award. The benefactor does not choose the scholarship recipients. Some appropriate wording would be “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for making this scholarship possible” or “I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship.”
DO NOT write your letter to the scholarship selection committee. While it is admirable to want to thank the selection committee, the purpose of this letter is to thank the benefactor who made the scholarship possible.
Second Paragraph: Include a bit of personal information to help the benefactor connect with you. Since your letter will be for public consumption, you may leave out any personal information that you don’t feel comfortable sharing if you would prefer (your address, phone number, email, etc). Examples of information you could include are:
How receiving this scholarship has affected you
Activities in which you may be involved
Why you chose to attend Murray State University
Your post-graduation career plan
Third Paragraph: Close by thanking the person again and make a commitment to do well with the scholarship.
Closing: Sincerely,
Your Name (Be sure to include your first and last name)
Pay close attention to use correct grammar, spelling, and organization of your letter (do not use slang or other inappropriate language). Review your letter for coherency. A well-written letter is not only a reflection on you, but on Murray State University as well.
You may use the same thank you letter content for each scholarship you have been awarded. Be sure to change the name of the scholarship in each salutation and in any other part of the letter it was referenced.


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