The deadline for student profiles and thank you letters is September 30, 2022.

Please fill out the student profile and submit a photo of yourself to be included with your thank you letter to your benefactor.

  • You have been given a gift, so thank your donor sincerely and from the heart.
  • If you receive more than one scholarship, you need a separate letter for each.
  • Proofread carefully before submitting. If there are errors, you will be contacted to correct them.
  • Do not copy thank you letters from any website or your friends.

Letter Format:

  • Must be typed and should contain at least 3 paragraphs
  • Do not date the letter
  • All greetings should read:Dear Benefactor,

Paragraph 1

    • Include gratitude and appreciation statements.
    • Mention the name of the scholarship you received.

Paragraph 2

    • Write about your background (hometown, family etc.).
    • How and why you chose Mount Aloysius.
    • A sentence or two on your educational and/or career goals.
    • How you chose your major.
    • What you plan to do with your education, etc.
    • If you received the same scholarship last year, write how it’s helped you this year.

Paragraph 3

    • How the scholarship award inspires you to work harder to achieve your goal(s).
    • Additional thanks and gratitude.

Closing

    • Use a closing such as Sincerely, Gratefully, With Gratitude, etc.

Signature

    • Type your first and last name.  If you want, include your expected graduation year.

SAMPLE #1 THANK YOU LETTER

The following is just a sample.  You will need to add your personal touch to the letter.

Dear Benefactor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing the _______________Scholarship.  I am very honored to be the recipient.  This scholarship will help me greatly as I pursue my education at Mount Aloysius College.  I am very thankful to have received it.

I chose Mount Aloysius for a couple of reasons.  First, the medical imaging program really appealed to me as I have always been fascinated with the process of looking inside the human body and helping others.  Second, Mount Aloysius’s campus is rather small, which is another reason I wanted to attend.  It’s nice and quiet here and the community is very tight knit.  The sizes of the classes aren’t huge and the professors can get to know you better.  I feel I can really focus on my studies here too.  My goal is to graduate in four years with a _____________degree and start my career in ___________________.

Knowing that there is someone out there that wants to see me succeed in college, by giving me this wonderful gift, encourages me to work as hard as I can to finish my degree.  Receiving this scholarship is a huge reminder that someone cares and believes in me and lessens the financial burden for me and my family.  I will forever be grateful for your generosity.

With Sincere Gratitude,

______________________, Class of 20xx (optional to include expected graduation year)

(First & Last Name typed)

SAMPLE #2 THANK YOU LETTER

The following is just a sample.  You will need to add your personal touch to the letter.

Dear Benefactor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing the _________________ Scholarship as I pursue my education at Mount Aloysius.  I am honored and humbled by your generosity.

As a ______________(freshman/junior/sophomore/senior) majoring in ____________, it will help me to attain my goal of becoming a _________.  In high school, I volunteered at UPMC Hospital in Altoona and knew then that I wanted to become a nurse to help others.  I am anxious to learn more about the field of nursing and begin clinical training.

The ______________ Scholarship has lightened the financial burden for me and my family and allows me to focus more on my education.  Your generosity motivates me to maintain a good GPA and complete my degree.  I look forward to meeting you and thanking you in person for this generous gift.

With Gratitude,

______________________, Class of 20xx (optional to include expected graduation year)

(First & Last Name typed)

If you have questions about the student profile or the thank you letter, email Sally Gordon at sgordon@mtaloy.edu