Expressing Gratitude

Presumably, by the time you get to this part of your process you will be well aware of the fact you could not have gotten this far on your own.  Hours of time and vast energies of belief have gone into supporting your efforts, not only through the immediate scholarship process, but with all of the things that have gone into building your exceptional undergraduate experience. Of course, it all began with your passions, your attitude, initiative and hustle. But, you are standing on the shoulders of greatness and you should take a moment to extend your sincere gratitude to the professors, advisors, mentors, and colleagues who have helped you along the way. And, by all means, make a point of actually hand-writing a thank you note.

Say thanks to:

  • Those who wrote your letters of recommendation or affiliation letter (Fulbright) including faculty, staff, and advisors
  • Those who gave you feedback on your personal statement and/or project proposal
  • Members of your interview committees and those who contributed to your mock-interviews
  • Family and friends who may have helped you through the writing process

Visit our Emily Post Had It Right page for more tips on the etiquette of correspondence. And, remember a few more things if corresponding with a national interview committee:

  • You may find it difficult to remember everyone’s name when in a campus or national interview; but do your best and if you send them a thank you note, try to be specific about things they asked you about, conversations you may have had outside of the interview, etc.
  • Affirm your interest in the opportunity but don’t restate your case for selection or express regret at not being selected; you are thanking for their time and indicating that you valued the experience in-and-of itself.  And, remember, in many cases, those on your interview committees may prove to be good connections in the future.  So, make an effort to be remembered in a positive manner.