Thank You Letters

All students who receive a Foundation (donor-funded) scholarship will be required to write a thank you letter to the donor(s) of the scholarship. All letters must be completed online within ScholarWeb.

Why are thank you letters required?

Most of the scholarships available at Tennessee Tech University are made possible by generous contributions from donors who believe in the importance of a college education and want to invest in the future of Tennessee Tech students. By writing a thank you letter, you demonstrate that you are the kind of student they can be proud to support. Hearing from scholarship recipients is also very meaningful to donors. It allows them to obtain a glimpse of how the gift has made a difference in the life of a student. Your words remind donors of the impact of their scholarship gift, and many of them continue to give additional scholarship funds because they know their gifts are deeply appreciated and that they are helping deserving students realize their potential.

What are some tips or suggestions for writing a thank you letter?

  • Thank the donor for his or her generosity in providing this scholarship. Tell the donor how this scholarship has made a difference in your education.
  • Tell the donor a little about yourself. Where are you from? What's your family background? What high school did you attend and what activities were you involved in there? What activities are you involved in or plan to be involved in at TTU? Why did you choose to attend Tennessee Tech? What are you majoring in and why?
  • Tell the donor about your goals and future plans after completing your education at TTU. What do you hope to do after graduation? What is your long-term career ambition?
  • If you are receiving a renewable scholarship and have sent a thank you letter to the donor during a previous year, give the donor an update as to what has changed in your life since you sent the last letter.
  • Pay careful attention to the grammar, spelling, and organization of your letter. A well-written letter reflects favorably on you, the scholarship committee who selected you, and on Tennessee Tech University as a whole.
  • Here are some examples of well-written thank you letters:
    Thank You Letter Example 1
    Thank You Letter Example 2
    Thank You Letter Example 3

What are the requirements for writing a thank you letter?

  • Your letter must be completed and submitted online via ScholarWeb.  Hand-written letters will not be accepted. 
  • Do not include a salutation ("Dear Mr. Smith," or "Dear Scholarship Donor,") in your letter.  We will add the salutation when the letters are printed.  Also, do not include a closing ("Sincerely, John B. Student") in your letter.   
  • If you receive multiple donor-funded scholarships, you must submit an individual thank you letter for each award you received.
  • If you are receiving a renewable scholarship, you must write a thank you letter to the donor each year that you receive the scholarship.
  • To receive your scholarship funds, you must submit a thank you letter online within ScholarWeb by September 15.  Failure to submit your letter by this deadline may result in your scholarship award being rescinded.

All thank you letters should be submitted online via ScholarWeb NO LATER than September 15, 2013.

If you have any questions about the thank you letter requirement, contact the Scholarship Office at 931-372-6159 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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