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Sample Thank You Letters

Sample Letter One

A community college transfer student recipient of a Lion's Club scholarship sends a friendly thank you.

Sample Letter Two

An Environmental Engineering student sends a detailed thank you letter describing how important education will be for an anticipated career in the military.

Sample Letter Three

A Journalism student expresses her thanks for a scholarship received from a family trust.

Sample Letter Four

A Business student explains the importance of the scholarship in supporting his education.



Sample Letter One

Mission Valley Lions Club

San Diego, CA 92108

Dear Lions Club Members,

I was both surprised and honored to receive the scholarship from your organization. I am aware of some of the things you do for our community, particularly in support of education.

I appreciate your confidence in me and willingness to contribute to my future education.  I am transferring from Grossmont Community College and look forward to completing my Bachelor’s Degree at San Diego State University.   At the current time, I plan on majoring in Business Administration and Interior Design in hopes of one day opening my own design business. 

Again, thank you for investing in my future.


Dave Wei


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Sample Letter Two

Dear Members of the Transportation Association of San Diego,

Three years ago this fall I started my first year at San Diego State University committed to earning a degree in Environmental Engineering with a Military Science minor. To enrich my military education, I contracted for four years in the university’s ROTC program.  Throughout my first summer, I learned how to work with my squad members during Basic ROTC training.

These past three years have been very challenging, but I expect the knowledge I have gained has prepared me for the rest of my life.  During the academic year, my time was solely devoted to my studies. In the summer, I participate in research programs that are searching for methods of decontaminating biological warfare agents. This summer, before I enter my senior year this fall, I will attend Advanced Camp where I will be able to put into practice the leadership principles and theories learned in the classroom. I also found time to work on my leadership skills training freshmen during their Basic Training exercises.

I am on schedule to graduate from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Military Science. I look forward to serving my country and I expect to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. After graduation, I will attend the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course in Arizona. I plan to take advantage of my time in the military to put to practical use the education gained at SDSU and from the Army ROTC.

As anyone attending college knows, the cost of fees, books and materials, and living expenses are daunting. The annual scholarship I received from the Transportation Association was essential in helping me achieve my goals.

Thank you again for your generosity.


Luisa Sanchez


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Sample Letter Three

Miriam J. Alstead
Bear Valley, CA

Dear Trustees of the Jonathan Giver Scholarship:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the "Jonathan Giver Scholarship for Academic Excellence.”  As one of this year’s recipients, I am grateful for the opportunities this award will provide me.  I rely on financial aid, grants and student loans to help finance my education.  Receiving this scholarship will help reduce my financial burdens and provide assistance for me as I continue pursuing my education.

Attending San Diego State University has always been my dream. My mother and father met at SDSU and growing up, we often came to campus to attend football and basketball games.  I am from Bear Valley, CA, and graduated from Bear Valley High School with honors.  I am a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha sorority, and I participate in the SDSU Women’s Soccer Sports Club.  I am also involved with the Journalism Club and I work part-time at Aztec Shops Book Store.  Upon completion of my degree I will pursue a career in investigative news reporting.

Once again, thank you for supporting the students of San Diego State University.

Your generosity truly makes a difference.


Miriam K. Hershfild


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Sample Letter Four

Mr. David Gordon
Managing Director
San Diego Board of Trade

Dear Mr. Gordon:

I want to thank you and the San Diego Board of Trade (SDBOT) for sponsoring and funding scholarships at San Diego State University (SDSU).   As this year's recipient of the “San Diego Board of Trade Admission Scholarship in Commerce and Management,” I wish to express my thanks to you and your organization for your generosity and for looking out for business students, such as myself, who are in financial need. 

I knew that by selecting SDSU I was already headed for a great future, supplemented with an enriching education.  This scholarship award, thanks to the kindness of the Board, will only further assist in achieving my education and career goals, and increase my chances of success.  Without a doubt, this award will prove to be extremely valuable for me, helping to reduce the financial burdens of pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

I hope to be able to contribute to the business community of San Diego with an internship next summer and business career in San Diego after I graduate. 

Once again, I want to thank you for the San Diego Board of Trade’s generosity and kind spirit in funding this scholarship, which has provided support and encouragement for both my family and me.  I would also appreciate if you would please convey my deep thanks to the other members of the Board. As a reader of your publication, I have seen the various fundraising events the Board hosts to provide students like me, assistance with their postsecondary education.  I thank you for your kindness and the SDBOT’s community activities that are held in support of SDSU students.

I hope to become an individual that makes your institution proud, epitomizing all of the values your organization stands for and by which it has created its highly-regarded reputation.

With sincere thanks,

Janus Jones

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