Thank Your Donor

Winning scholarships shows that you are a class-act, with academic credentials and extracurricular commitments deemed worthy of free post-secondary money. But it doesn’t end the day you endorse your scholarship cheque – your responsibility includes a follow-up thank you letter, acknowledging the generous gift-aid you are receiving, due to the philanthropy of the scholarship sponsor.

Receiving bursaries is that needed gift that has enabled you to pursue further education and lifetime goals. A donor has recognized the financial need to help students along in their educational quest regardless of most merit.

What should you write?

  • Introduce yourself and the award(s) you received
  • Thank your donor at the start and end of your letter
  • Explain how their support has made a positive impact in your life
  • Help the donor get to know you by sharing your interests, hobbies and Ambrose experience

Consider what you can write about?

  • What do you hope to do with your Ambrose education? What's your dream?
  • How has this financial assistance helped you achieve your goals?
  • What financial barriers did the assistance help you overcome?
  • Did it allow you to volunteer or travel for academic purposes?
  • What volunteer or campus organizations are you involved with?
  • Why did you decide to study at Ambrose?
  • What are some recent accomplishments or other Ambrose highlights you can share?

Please remember:

  • Grammar and spelling should be checked and correct – it is, after all, an academic award.
  • Be genuine and sincere in the tone of your thank you letter.
  • Show your personality. The formality remains, but you are now an appreciative recipient, rather than a prospective candidate. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your enthusiasm and excitement about winning the scholarship.
  • Submit your letter in a business-type structure.
  • Above all, convey your message of thanks clearly and somewhat concisely.

Things You Can Write About

  • What do you hope to do with your Ambrose education? What's your dream?
  • How has this financial assistance helped you achieve your goals?
  • What financial barriers did the assistance help you overcome?
  • Did it allow you to volunteer or travel for academic purposes?
  • What volunteer or campus organizations are you involved with?
  • Why did you decide to study at Ambrose?
  • What are some recent accomplishments or other Ambrose highlights you can share?

Helpful Reminders

Introductions are important: don't leave yours out. That means introduce yourself and the award(s) you have received. Remember to thank the donor at the beginning and end of your letter. What does winning this award mean for your education? How will it help you in the future? The donor will want to know a little bit about you, so be sure to include what your Ambrose experience has been, and what you've been involved in at the University.