Letter of Appreciation Example
We receive many letters of appreciation from thousands of students, many whom would not have a chance to attend BYU without help. In order to help us get your letter to your scholarship donor, please use the following format.
Format of Scholarship Letter of Appreciation:
- Place the name of your scholarship in the upper right-hand corner of the letter. You can find the name of your scholarship in your original scholarship notification in Message Center. Please note that Brigham Young is a name of some scholarships.
- Address the letter with: Dear Scholarship Donor,
- End of the letter with the closure with your full name and student ID number.
Below is an example of a letter we have received from Christy, a junior from Orem, Utah, majoring in History, who was awarded a "Brigham Young" scholarship.
Brigham Young Scholarship (Name of Scholarship)
Dear Scholarship Donor:
My name is Christy and I am a current BYU student. I love BYU. I am so grateful that I have been able to come to this university and experience its unique faculty, student body, and ambience. My mother immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. While in Guatemala she converted to the church. She has raised my brothers and I in a home of love and concern. It was my dream to come to BYU and work for a Bachelors degree in History Teaching. I was accepted in the fall of 2002.
I was so happy with my classes, new friends, and the daily life experience that were completely enriching my life. In this environment, I applied for the Travel Study program for a semester at Nauvoo. I was accepted. I was so happy to know that my dream of living in Nauvoo would be fulfilled and I would walk where the Prophet Joseph Smith had walked. The program was going to be very expensive for me, but I know that I could raise the money if I worked hard enough throughout the summer. The summer came and I looked for a job. I couldn't find one. I turned in application after application and no one was calling back. My situation seemed hopeless. I knew that I was going to have to take out a student loan. My stomach turned at the thought of being in debt so early in school. The day before I was to apply for a student loan, I received notification from an office at BYU stating that they were able to give me money for the next school year. I was so happy I had a scholarship which would cover half of the cost of Nauvoo. It seemed that my bad luck was taking a turn for the best, because that same week I found a job that would provide the rest.
I found a new source of strength in knowing that I was going to be able to pay entirely for Nauvoo without taking out a penny in student loans. The week arrived that the full payment was due for Nauvoo, but something went terribly wrong. I had somehow miscalculated and found that I was five hundred dollars short. I had no idead what I was going to do and my payment could not be late. I quickly became filled with a feeling of despair. I prayed that somehow the money could be found to make the full payment. That day I received a message center notification from the scholarship office stating that I had been awarded a Brigham Young Scholarship for exactly five hundred dollars. I wept freely. The Lord had directly answered my prayers.
This scholarship is not for an extreme amount of money, but this scholarship has increased my testimony of tithing, prayer, and faith. Although I do not know who donated this scholarship, I pray that you will be blessed by our Heavenly Father. I also pray that you will feel of His love and know that I am so grateful for the sacrifice you have made to give this money to BYU. Thank you. Thank you so much.
Thanks for your generosity! I have found a new desire to try my best not only in school, but in life. I am trying harder to live a life worthy of your sacrifice, but most importantly of the Savior's. You have made me realize his love and care for me. I know that He cares about my education, dreams, goals, and desires more than I ever could. The scripture Moses 1:39 rings clear in my mind, "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Thank you once again for being an instrument in the hands of the Savior and for giving me a chance to fulfill my dreams here at BYU.
Christy (Student's First and Last Name)
00-000-0000 (Student's ID Number)