Here are some ideas that might help you get started writing your Thank You letter.
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?
Tell about your current experiences at Georgia Tech
- Academic accomplishments
- Extracurricular interests
- Co-op/internship/work experience
Tell about your future goals
- Your career path
- What you look forward to at Georgia Tech
- What you want to do after you graduate
Tell 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.
Format and Mechanics
- Date your letter
- Your letter should be addressed with "Dear …"
- Use your donor’s name in the salutation. (The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will provide you with this information)
- Type or hand write (good penmanship only) the letter.
- Letter should be at least two paragraphs in length.
- Your letter must be dated and signed.
- PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! PROOFREAD! A well written letter reflects positively on you and Georgia Tech as a whole
- By using good grammar it provides clarity and correct spelling communicates your intelligence and attention to detail. (Use the spell checking 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 then read the letter again. Ask a friend or family member to read it as well for any errors you may have missed.
- If in doubt, ask for help.
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