Letters of Appreciation Tips
Many of the scholarships available at Baylor University are made possible by contributions from generous donors who want to invest in the future and demonstrate their belief in the importance of a college education. Hearing from scholarship recipients is very meaningful to donors or their living relatives. It provides a glimpse of how their gift has made a difference in the life of a student and encourages them to continue supporting other students. Your letter represents an opportunity to show the kind of student they can be proud to support.
- Tell about yourself – your hometown, family background, and what led you to Baylor.
- Tell them about your present situation – describe how the scholarship will help you meet your educational goals, your class level and major, organizations you've joined, extracurricular activities and volunteer work you've performed.
- Tell about your future plans – what you hope to accomplish at Baylor, what you look forward to after graduation, your career plans.
- Make sure you thank the donor for the scholarship.
- Do not mention the amount of the scholarship or request additional funds.
- Be sure to include the full, correct name of the scholarship in your letter.
- Make sure you sign the letter in your own handwriting.
Merit is defined by each department's set criteria but cannot supersede the restrictions set forth by the individual scholarship agreement. These criteria include, but are not limited to, academic achievement, leadership, campus involvement, and moral character.
Need is determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To be considered for scholarships with a need restriction, recipients must complete the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need as determined by federal regulations.