Congratulations on receiving a scholarship from the UW School of Law! As you know, most of our scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our donors, many of whom are alumni of the law school. To fully thank and honor our donors, we are committed to connecting them to our scholarship recipients. These relationships also offer a helpful networking opportunity for our students. To facilitate this process, we ask you to write a thank you letter or letters to the donors who have contributed to your education. They enjoy hearing from you and learning that their donations are being put to excellent use. Thank you letters are due the first day of winter quarter each academic year.
This website is a resource to make the thanking process as easy as possible. First, we suggest you take a look at
some tips for writing thank you letters. Then look up your
scholarship donor information on the scholarship summary page.
Mailing instructions are available so you know how to package and mail your letters.
Please note some donors have a very special relationship with UW Law and may ask
to meet you in person. We will facilitate these meetings and will contact you
directly to schedule them.
Please use the following format in writing your letter:
- The letter should be typed in a 12 point font in a formal business format
- Please do not include a formal address block or salutation line in your letter. Your letter will be mailed to the donor(s) of your fund(s) with a larger packet of information from the law school. Therefore, we will add the formal address block and salutation line to your letters at that time.
- If you received scholarship(s) in the past and wrote a thank you letter last year, please write a new letter to share experiences and updates from the last academic year. You may be receiving the same scholarship again this year, therefore the letters may be sent to the same donors.
- In the body of your letter, be sure to be true to your own thoughts and feelings about receiving this scholarship. Below are some guidelines on what type of content to share with your donor(s):
Paragraph one - An indented paragraph that gives
thanks for the scholarship. Provide your thoughts about how the money affects
you either personally, academically or financially.
Paragraph two -
One or more paragraphs which provide
information about your background, career goals, or anything you are willing to
share that gives them an idea of who you are.
Closing Paragraph - Reiterate your thanks for the
NOTE: If you received multiple scholarships from UW Law, there is no need to write a different letter for each fund you received. You may write one letter and we will send it to all donor(s) of all the fund(s) you currently receive.