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Graduate Programs: Scholarship & Fellowship Thank You Letters

Many graduate student scholarship and fellowships require the submission of a thank you note to the donor and/or their designee. This process is vital to our donors as they are always interested in how their gift is making an impact in the School of Human Ecology. The details below outline the steps for graduate students to complete their thank you letter.


  • If your award is processed through the WiSH scholarship system, then you will need to go into WiSH ( and login to accept your award
  • In the award email or offer letter, it will tell you the donor who made possible the scholarship or fellowship
  • Some awards are set up in WiSH to require the thank you note BEFORE the award is distributed
  • For other awards, it makes more sense to write the thank you note after you've used the funds (for example going to a conference: you will write a much better thank you note after you attend the conference and recognize the impact of it on your graduate studies)


  • There are donor information pages about each of our donors that can be found in this BOX folder 
  • Identify the donor of your scholarships or fellowship and read more about them and their gift to the School of Human Ecology
  • Use the information so that you can adequately thank them and/or their designee for their gift


  • The following guidance has been prepared for you as you write your thank you note:
  • Be sure to indicate the impact that the scholarship or fellowship has had on your graduate career
  • Be mindful to properly address the thank you to the correct person, it may not be the donor or who the scholarship or fellowship is named after.
  • You may need to write more than one thank you letter. Should you have questions, please contact Michelle Holland at for clarification
  • Additional guidelines from the UW Writing Center: Advice for Students Writing Thank You Notes to Donors


  • All thank you notes can be uploaded to this BOX folder
  • The thank you notes will be sent directly to the donor and/or designee once they are uploaded to BOX
  • A cover letter from the School of Human Ecology may be added as needed

Keywords:thank you, donors, stewardship   Doc ID:116484
Owner:Michelle H.Group:School of Human Ecology
Created:2022-02-03 13:46 CSTUpdated:2022-11-02 09:37 CST
Sites:School of Human Ecology
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