Thank Your Scholarship Donor

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The Importance of Thanking Your Donors

Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support your education. A thank-you letter is a way for you to let them know that their scholarship is greatly appreciated. Your letter shows them the impact of their generosity and inspires them and others to continue supporting other students like you.

Submitting a Thank-You Letter

As a recipient of a scholarship at SIU Carbondale, you have two options to submit your thank-you letter.

  1. Submit your letter via our online form.
  2. Email your letter to

submit your thank-you letter here

Please submit your thank-you letter no later than two weeks after you receive your scholarship award notification. Failure to submit a thank-you letter may delay the disbursement of your scholarship award. 

Please note that the SIU Foundation reviews all letters and reserves the right to refuse any letter that is not appropriate.

All accepted thank-you letters are mailed to the respective donors.


Writing a Thank-You Letter

  1. Write clearly and concisely.
  2. Double-check for typos and grammatical errors.
  3. Express enthusiasm and be sincere.
  4. Make the letter personable and meaningful. Your donors are interested in learning about you and how their gift made a difference in your education and life.

If you have any questions regarding thank-you letter submissions, please email

The Annual Academic Scholarship Event

Every fall semester, the SIU Chancellor and SIU Foundation hold an Annual Academic Scholarship event to recognize our scholarship donors and celebrate the impact of scholarships.

This event is by invitation only.

Once your scholarship donor’s attendance is confirmed, our staff will reach out to you personally to invite you to the event.

If your scholarship donors are unable to participate, we will advise you that your attendance is not required and you can free up that day.

The 2019 Annual Academic Scholarship Event will take place on Nov. 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Additional details will be provided in the invitation.