Here, we'll go over the basics of writing a thank you letter for an award, and provide a sample letter to get you on the right track.
Sending a proper thank you letter is a great way to show that you're grateful and stay in the good graces of the organization that honored you.
There are a few things to keep in mind when thanking someone for an award.
Tips for an Award Thank You Letter
Who do you need to thank? Often times an award is given by committee of jury. If so, do you need to write each member individually? Probably not. If you're thanking a group or organization, you're probably fine writing one thank you letter either addressing the group as a whole, or simply addressing the lead member.
How long should the letter be? Since you're just writing one thank you letter (unlike after a wedding), your letter should be at least a few paragraphs long. But, that's no reason to bore the reader to death, or blabber on needlessly. Just try to get your point across in an elegant way.
What should I mention? If you were awarded money or some other valuable prize, acknowledge the prize in the letter.
When should I send it? ASAP. The sooner the better. If you've been awarded an internship, or some activity with a duration, it can also be appropriate to send a thank you letter upon its completion.
A Thank You Letter Example
Here is a good example of a thank you letter for an award won in an essay contest. Obviously, you'll want to personalize the one that you send.
Dear Scholastic Award Committee
I wanted to take a moment to extend my most sincere thanks for choosing my essay in this year's writing contest.
You have no idea how happy I was when I received notification that I was selected for the 2nd place prize. It was such a surprise. I want you to know that I'll be using the award money for extra SAT tutoring in order to increase my chances of getting into Harvard (my first choice!).
It is so wonderful that you are able to host this contest each year. It was a great opportunity for me, and I'm sure other kids will benefit from the contest as much as I have.
If you would, please extend my thanks to the donors who made the prizes possible. I hope that someday I will be able to be as generous as they are.
Mary Beth Parsons