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Office of Financial Aid
University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Endowed Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations on being awarded this scholarship.  This scholarship is made possible through the generous support of donors to The University of Mississippi.  With your scholarship award comes an important responsibility to the donors of these funds.  We need you to help us communicate the importance of your scholarship to donors.  A small investment of your time now will help assure that we can maintain and increase the amount of scholarship funds available for students like you at The University of Mississippi.

Please write a thank you letter (sample letter below) to the donors showing your gratitude for being selected for this scholarship.  Please send the letter to Donna Patton and she will see that it is delivered to the donor.  (You may mail it to her at The University of MS Foundation, 406 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655; bring it to the Memory House which is located directly beside Scruggs Hall; or email it to as an attachment.)

You can reach Donna Patton at 662-915-1581 or if you need assistance.  Again, congratulations on your award and thank you for your cooperation.
Sample letter:
Phone Number
Dear (Name of Scholarship) Donor:
1st paragraph – Write the donor a little something about yourself. (you might include your hometown, your family background, high school and other experiences that led you to study at Ole Miss, mention your major and area of study)
 2nd paragraph – Describe your current situation and discuss your future plans. (let them know about the things you enjoy doing and organizations in which you participate, tell them what you hope to accomplish while at Ole Miss and what your career plans are)
3rd paragraph – Thank them for the scholarship you received. (how has the scholarship helped you?)
Note:    Please proofread your letter.  You communicate your intelligence through correct spelling and grammar.  If you use a word processing program, do more than just a spell check – ask someone else to read the letter to double check.