How to Write Thank You Letters for Awards

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you've received a scholarship, certificate, or other form of award, writing a thank you note is a great way to show gratitude. The letter will give you a chance to fully express your appreciation and establish a relationship with the organisation or person who selected you. It does not have to be long and drawn out. Instead, be concise and thoughtful when saying "Thanks."

Open up a new document in a word processing program. For the sake of formality, you want to type up the letter and mail it rather than sending out an e-mail or pre-printed thank you card.

Format the letter with your full name and address right-justified at the top of the page. There's no need to use business letter formatting, but you should identify who you are.

Greet the reader using a simple salutation such as "Dear Mr. Price". If you were selected to receive the award by a group, staff, or committee, address the group rather than the individual.

Give a brief review of the award you received in the opening paragraph. Chances are the organisation or committee that selected you has chosen other awardees as well. State your name, the award you received, and the date it was given. For small scale awards, such as employee of the month, you can simply state the month you were honoured.

Use the body of the thank you letter to provide a little background information. Explain why you hoped to receive the honour in the first place. If you were caught by surprise, be honest.

Close out the letter with a word of gratitude, expressing your appreciation for the awards program. This is a great way to let the committee know that the work they do is needed and effective.

Sign your name at the bottom of the letter and have it printed onto high quality paper. Enclose it in an addressed envelope, buy postage, and send it off.

Things You'll Need

  • High quality paper
  • Envelopes
  • Postage
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Since 2006, Pilar Ethridge has had the pleasure of honing her writing skills as the assistant editor of the newsletter from a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization. Her interests include children's media, film, American pop culture, crafts, and performing arts in general. Based in Southern California, Ethridge received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of California.