GThanks Content Tips

A well-written letter reflects well on you and lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated. Here are some content ideas and tips:

Tell the donor about yourself.

  • Your hometown.

  • Family background.

  • High school and other experiences that led to your choice of study at Georgia Tech.

  • Why did you choose Georgia Tech?

Share your current experiences at Georgia Tech.

  • Academic accomplishments.

  • Extracurricular interests.

  • Co-op/internship/work experience.

Share your goals for the future.

  • Your desired career path.

  • What you look forward to at Georgia Tech.

  • What you want to do after you graduate.

Tell them how much the scholarship has helped or will help you.

  • What the scholarship means in terms of achieving your educational goals.

  • Express your gratitude.

  • You can provide a photo or biographical sketch/resume to share with your donor.

Other Tips

  • Type or hand write (good penmanship only) your letter.

  • Your letter should be at least two paragraphs in length.

  • PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! A well-written letter reflects positively on you and Georgia Tech as a whole.

    • Use correct grammar and spelling. It provides clarity, communicates your intelligence, and shows your attention to detail. Use the spell check function in your word processing software.

    • For sentence and paragraph structure, a grammar reference book will help.

    • Once your draft is complete, set it aside for a while. Read the letter again later to review with a fresh perspective.

    • Ask a friend or family member to review your letter for any errors you may have missed.

  • If in doubt, ask for help.