See the Submission Instructions webpage for details on the submission process.
Why do I have to do this?
It is always appropriate to formally thank someone from whose generosity you benefit, and this instance is no different. The people you are writing to donated a large sum of money (in most cases - see the next question) to the College or one of our academic departments with specific instructions that we use it to award scholarships to our students. No, they did not select you for the scholarship, but without them, there would be no scholarship at all.
The thank-you letters give you the opportunity to show them the direct result of their donation. Moody College of Communication scholarship recipients are held to a high standard for thank-you letters, and subpar letters will not be accepted. Scholarship funds will not be released unless you turn in thank-you letters which meet these expectations.
What’s the difference between the donor and the honoree? How should I thank each individual?
In most cases (but not all!) you’ll be writing thank-you letters to the scholarship donor, honoree, or a representative.
Donor: this person donated money to the scholarship that you are receiving. A good line for your letter might be something like “Thank you for your generous contribution to the [enter scholarship name here].” or “Thank you for making it possible for me to receive the [enter scholarship name here].”
Honoree: this is who the scholarship is named for. It might be appropriate to say something like “I’m honored to receive the scholarship created in your name.”
Representative: this relationship is a little less clear. In most cases, this person works for a foundation or company, and that entity donated funds to the scholarship, in which case you might say, “I’d like to express my gratitude to the [enter foundation/business name here] for making this scholarship possible.”
In some cases, the representative has a different association to the scholarship. We’ve tried to be as specific and helpful as possible with the “special note”. Contact us for more guidance if you need it.
In certain cases, there are no living donors or honorees so you’ll be asked to thank your Department Chair or Dean. In these instances, you might say something like, “Thank you for your continued support of the students in your department. I am a recipient of the XXX scholarship.”
Do you have any tips for writing these letters?
Yes! Please see this page.
My scholarship has multiple donors/I have received more than one scholarship. Can I use the same thank-you letter?
Yes, but please be sure to fine tune each letter to the person who is receiving it. The person who is being thanked for one letter might be the family member of a deceased scholarship honoree and the next thank-you letter recipient may be a representative of a foundation who created a scholarship. Please be sensitive to the unique situation of each letter recipient.
Can turn in my scholarship thank-you letters via email?
No. It’s very important that we have your signature on these documents. If you find yourself in an unusual situation where you cannot submit hard copies, please contact us and we’ll find a solution.
I am an international student/I am not receiving any aid through the Financial Aid Office. Do I still need to notify them of this scholarship (as I’m told to in my scholarship agreement).
No. If you’re an international student who is not working with the Financial Aid Office to receive other aid, then you don’t need to notify them about this scholarship.
How do I notify the Financial Aid Office of this scholarship (as I’m told to in my scholarship agreement)?
If you’re able to put it on your E-FAN, do that. If you’ve already submitted the E-FAN, just give them a call (475-6282, press option 4 to speak with a counselor) and let them know the award amount and disbursement dates.
I’m graduating in December. What will happen to my scholarship?
It depends on which scholarship you’ve been awarded and how many hours you plan to take in the fall. Contact us if you find yourself in this situation. Your spring disbursement will be canceled since you won’t be enrolled.
I’m graduating in May and will take less-than-full-time hours in my final semester. What will happen to my scholarship?
Again, it depends on the scholarship you’ve been awarded and how many hours you plan to take in the spring, so be sure to let us know if this applies to you.
My disbursement date is on the 13th class day, but my tuition is due earlier. How do I pay my tuition?
Please direct questions about using your scholarship and other financial aid to pay your tuition bill to the Financial Aid Office (475-6282, press option 4 to speak with a counselor).
How will I receive my scholarship money?
Your scholarship will not be directly applied to your tution bill. If you have Direct Deposit set up with UT, then that’s how your funds will be released. If not, you’ll receive a check in the mail or you will pick up a check in the Tower.
We highly recommend you set up Direct Deposit.
When will I get this money?
Disbursement dates are located in the Scholarship Portal's instructions pages.
HOWEVER, it may take UT a while to actually get the money in your bank account. Please review the full process here.