Thank-you Letter Guidelines

The deadline for thank you letters (hard copies and electronic) is December 1, 2011.

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 scholarship.

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.

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