Thanking Your Donor

Congratulations! You have been selected as a scholarship recipient and will be receiving a monetary gift from an individual, corporation, or family. It’s imperative that you thank your donor. Expressing gratitude for a donor’s generosity serves a dual purpose. It provides you an opportunity to share your excitement with the donor of the gift, and that expression becomes a treasure for the donor.

Guidelines & Requirements:

  • Letters must be typed.
  • A one‐page letter is appropriate.
  • Include all of the elements of a letter: date, your name, your return address, salutation, body, and closing.
  • The letter must have your handwritten signature. Script fonts will not be accepted.
  • Address your letter to the donor or relative of the donor that is listed in your award letter. Please address him or her as Dr., Mr., Mrs., or Ms., and spell his or her name correctly.
  • If there is more than one donor or relative of the donor listed, you will need to submit a separate letter for each donor.
  • Mention the scholarship by name in your introduction and spell it as it appears in your award letter.
  • Have someone else proofread your letter to check for spelling and grammatical errors.

Content Suggestions & Ideas:

  • Tell your donor a bit about yourself. You might include your hometown, high school, family background, and/or reasons for choosing UA Little Rock.
  • Describe your experience at UA Little Rock. You might include your class year, major, campus and community activities, and/or leadership experiences.
  • Discuss your plans. You might include what you hope to accomplish while at UA Little Rock, an expected graduation date, your career goals, and/or how you plan to utilize your degree.
  • Express your gratitude for the scholarship. Tell your donor what this scholarship means to you and how it will help you. Be sincere and express your gratitude warmly.

Sample Thank You Letter

DO NOT copy thank you letters from any website or your friends. You have been given a gift, so thank your donor sincerely and from the heart.

Due Date & Processing:

  • All thank you letters are due to the Office of Financial Aid by the date specified in your award letter.
  • If approved, letters will be forwarded to the donor.
  • If the letter has spelling, grammatical errors, does not meet the requirements listed above, or has been copied from a letter online (in entirety or sections), it will be returned to you to be rewritten.
  • Submitting a thank you letter after the requested date of submission can result in a delay to the processing of your award.
  • If, after multiple attempts to contact you without success, your private scholarship will be cancelled and funds redirected to another student.


Application Process


Apply for admission
If you are just starting at UA Little Rock, make sure you have completed the online admissions application, or proceed if you are a continuing student.


Have a current FAFSA application on file
You must have your 2019-2020 FAFSA completed before the scholarship opportunity deadline to be considered. The FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year becomes available October 1st.


Access your Trojan SMART scholarship application
Trojan SMART opens on October 1st, and by filling out the online scholarship application and submitting required documents, you apply for a variety of UA Little Rock scholarships in one spot.