Say “THANKS” for your Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder alumni and friends make contributions to scholarship funds that help pay for your education.  You already know that when you receive a gift, saying thank you is the right thing to do. The scholarship you received is a gift; a note of thanks to the donor is a great way to show your appreciation.

Scholarship donors look forward to getting to know who they are helping.  A thoughtful, well-written note describing your interests and goals affirms the value and significance of their generosity.

Letter Writing Tips

  • We prefer typed letters with your signature. Letters may be hand-written but must be legible.
  • Sincerely express your gratitude for the award/scholarship and tell the donor how it will help you.
  • You may want to address your scholastic activities as well as your community service, hobbies or interests, intended college major, and career goals if known. 
  • Proof-read and spell-check your letter.
  • Send the letter to the address listed on your award notification. Contact Scholarship Services at 303-492-4533 or scholarships@colorado.edu if you have questions.
  • You may also include a photograph with your letter.

Other Ways to Show your Appreciation

  • Be sure to attend if you are invited to an event to honor the scholarship donors and recipients.
  • Send progress reports and another letter after graduation if your scholarship is renewed.
  • Donors are often alumni who received scholarships when they were students and wish to return the favor.  After graduation, remember how the scholarship helped you.  When you are in a position to do so, consider making a gift to support CU Boulder students and continue the tradition of giving.