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Guide to Writing Thank You Letters 

Thank-you letter Guidelines and Tips

  • Thank you letters are a requirement for receiving and accepting most scholarships at Middlesex County College. A thank-you letter should be sincere, expressing appreciation without excessive flattery. The tone should be pleasing. Donors appreciate receiving a thank-you letter and your thank-you letter will assist in persuading a donor to renew their contribution to a scholarship. As a guide to help you write your thank-you letter, we have provided you with some tips on what to include in your letter. While we would like you to follow these guidelines, they are not restrictions on how to write your letter.

Things to be included in your letter

  • Educational Background (your year in school and major)
  • Positive experiences you have had while at MCC.
  • Accomplishments/Achievements (obstacles you have overcome to attend college) 
  • Extracurricular Activities (stories about a relevant extracurricular or community service project that impacted your life) 
  • Goals and Aspirations (your future plans-both immediate and long term; include career you wish to pursue) 
  • Mention your appreciation for the scholarship that you received, and your plans for utilizing the funds. ("Thank you for making this scholarship possible" or "Your scholarship makes it possible for me to concentrate more fully on my courses.") Remember your scholarship is issued as a tuition credit so emphasize your appreciation for this.
  • Please note that the donor did not select you as the recipient, but provided the funds for the scholarship, i.e. "Thanks for making the {name of scholarship} possible......" 


Tips on writing your letter

 

The following are some sample letters.  Please do not copy them word for word – use them as examples only and make them personal.

Sample Letter I

Please DO NOT put a date on your letter!

Your Name
Name of Scholarship
C/O Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Scholarship Office
South I, Room 113
Edison, NJ 08818


Re: The______________Scholarship (insert name of scholarship)

Dear Mr./Mrs._______________: (insert donor’s last name or say Friends of Name of Organization) 

As a recipient of the (name of Scholarship), I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your support of MCC and its students.

I am a (list your status and major). During my free time, I volunteer at the University Medical Center's Cancer Center where I tutor children, who because of their illnesses cannot attend school regularly. After graduation I hope to work with the tourism industry.

Once again, thank you for helping me achieve my educational and career goals.

Sincerely,

Sally Smith

 

 

 

Sample Letter II

 

Your Name
Name of Scholarship
C/O Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Scholarship Office
South I, Room 113
Edison, NJ 08818


Re: The _______________ Scholarship (insert name of scholarship) 

Dear Mr./Mrs. _______________ : (insert donor’s last name or say Friends of Name of Organization)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in funding the _________________ Scholarship. I am honored to be the recipient of this award.

I am currently majoring in _________________(insert major) and my GPA is  ______ .   I have completed _____ credit hours by taking classes as a (full) or (part-time) student for 

This award came at a time when I needed it most.  Because of your generosity I was (able to work fewer hours, able to add an extra class to my course load, able to concentrate more on my studies, able to make my family proud, etc.) [Choose what is appropriate or insert your own heartfelt thoughts].

While attending MCC, I have been involved with the ___________________ (insert organization’s and a brief description of what you do). I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my career. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.

Gratefully yours,

Your name

 

 

 

Sample Letter III

 

Your Name
Name of Scholarship
C/O Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue
Scholarship Office
South I, Room 113
Edison, NJ 08818


Re: The ______________ Scholarship (insert name of scholarship)

Dear Mr./Mrs. _______________  : (insert donor’s last name or say Friends of Name of Organization)

I am very happy to receive the (name of scholarship). This letter is in appreciation for the generosity your family has shown, not only to me, but also to all the MCC students your Scholarship has supported over the years.

I will be starting my (insert year) year at MCC next fall, pursuing a degree in (list your degree). Your scholarship will allow me to concentrate more fully on my studies as I continue.   I plan (list future career goals).

Thank you again for your generous support.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)