how to accept a scholarship offer via email
First, follow the directions in the scholarship offer letter.
- First, follow the directions in the scholarship offer letter. You’ll need to carefully follow any instructions that are included in your scholarship offer letter so that you respond within the given time frame and deliver all required materials.
- Address your response email by its proper name: acceptance or refusal. Even though you’re writing an email, it’s still a business document and must adhere to professional standards of correspondence. This means that you’ll want to either use the word “acceptance” or “refusal” in your subject line, depending on whether or not you intend to accept the award amount as described within the scholarship offer letter. However, if you do decide to accept the award amount, be sure that it is exactly what’s listed in their award letter – this is extremely important!
- Craft a polite introduction and thank-you note before explaining your decision. Since this email will be a formality of sorts, keep things professional, but don’t be afraid to add some personality if it comes naturally!
Next, start your email by thanking the scholarship committee for choosing you as a recipient.
The first thing you will want to do in your email is say thank you. You are sending a formal letter via email, so keep it professional while still expressing gratitude.
Begin with “Dear [name of person or scholarship committee],” and then thank the scholarship committee for choosing you as a recipient. Explain how honored and excited you are to accept their offer, but be sure not to ramble on too long. Quickly let them know that you understand how important the scholarship is to your future plans and that you will do everything possible to live up to the expectations they have of their recipients.
Then, state whether you accept or decline the scholarship offer.
Now that you have compiled all of the information you need, it’s time to write the email. First, thank the scholarship committee for their generous gift.
Then, state whether you accept or decline the scholarship offer. If you accept: Be sure to include specifics on why you will be unable to attend and when you can start classes instead. Also be sure to express your appreciation and mention that you are looking forward to starting classes in the future.
If you decline: Don’t forget to express your gratitude for being considered in the first place, but also note why you chose another school over theirs. If possible, mention a specific reason that had nothing to do with finances (i.e., “The college is located within close proximity of my family” or “I was offered an internship with a top employer in my field.”)
Finally, briefly reflect on how the scholarship will impact your future plans.
Finally, briefly reflect on how the scholarship will impact your future plans. Mention how it will help you towards your career or personal goals. Take this opportunity to thank them again, and let them know that you are grateful for the opportunity they have given you. If there is anything else you believe they should know (such as a change in major or minor), mention it in this section of your email.
You can use this template and example as a base for what to write in your own scholarship acceptance letter:
Dear Professor [Last Name],
Thank you so much for offering me the [Name of Scholarship]! I am very excited about furthering my education at [School Name]. The community at [School Name] has been so welcoming, and I’m looking forward to getting involved with more projects on campus. I cannot wait to get started with my studies!
My parents have always emphasized the importance of education, and being awarded this scholarship is a huge honor for me. It means more than I can ever say that someone has recognized my hard work with such an incredible prize. It has been great getting to know the faculty thus far, and I’m excited about all that awaits me in the future.[EXAMPLE 2] Thank you again for choosing me as one of your recipients; I am honored beyond words by this distinction.
When you accept a scholarship offer, be sure to thank those who made it possible.
When you accept a scholarship offer, it is important to thank those who are responsible for making it possible. Take the time to personally thank those who were involved in selecting you as the recipient. If the scholarship is based on financial need or merit, mention that you appreciate all they’ve done to recognize your achievements. If at all possible, also include plans for how you plan to use this opportunity. In other words, state whether you are formally accepting the offer and why. Finally, briefly state what impact this scholarship will have on your future plans; how it will help you reach your goals in life and academically