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.

Writing your letter 

  • Typed letters with your signature may be best
    • If handwriting, make sure it's legible
  • Sincerely express your gratitude
    • Tell the donor how it will help you
  • Optional talking points: scholastic activities, community service, hobbies or interests, intended college major and any career goals
  • Proof-read & spell-check 
  • Include a photograph if desired 
  • Send letter to the address listed on your scholarship notification

Show your Appreciation

  • Attend events to honor the scholarship donors & recipients
  • Send progress reports & 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.