What Does Your Scholarship Mean to You?

Congratulations on your Penn State Berks scholarship! We are pleased to offer financial support to bright, hardworking students like you to help you pursue your education.


As a scholarship recipient, you are strongly encouraged to take a few minutes to convey your gratitude by writing a thank-you message to the donor who made your scholarship possible.

Donors and scholarship committee members would love to hear about your life as a Penn State student, as well as your academic and career goals, accomplishments, and extracurricular activities. Please address your thank-you message to the donor listed on your original award notification and be sure to talk about what receiving a scholarship means to you.

Please note that all correspondence received from this page will be reviewed prior to being shared with donors. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Bardo, Stewardship Coordinator, at [email protected] or 610-396-6056.

Consider the following questions when writing your thank-you message:

  1. What are you thankful for?
    Be sure to reference the name of your scholarship in the beginning of your thank-you letter.
  2. How will this support make, or how has it already made, a difference in your life?
    Talk about specific ways in which this scholarship has helped or will help you to reach your goals. How did/will the support help you with financial burdens? How did/will the scholarship provide you with the ability to succeed?
  3. Talk a little bit about yourself.
    Tell the donor or scholarship committee about who you are as a person and what being a Penn State student means to you. Where are you from? What are your interests both in and out of the classroom? Why did you choose Penn State?
  4. What are your future plans?
    Tell the donor or scholarship committee about the impact of their gift. What are your goals? Are you starting a job or going to graduate school? Did the support allow you to experience things that helped shape your future?