We feel it is important for our scholarship recipients to understand that behind every scholarship there is a person or people who have generously donated the funding to make that scholarship possible.
We want these philanthropic acts to be recognized. Philanthropy and gratitude go hand-in-hand. For every philanthropic act, there is a person or group of people who is grateful. It is a SUNY Cortland tradition and common courtesy to thank those who have been so generous. We hope that you will assist us in this endeavor.
phil-lan-thro-py (fi lan'thro pee), n.
1. concern for human beings as expressed by donation of money, property or work to the needy or to institutions advancing human welfare.
2. philanthropic act or gift.
3. a philanthropic organization
grat-i-tude (grat'i tood), n. deep thankfulness
Writing a Thank You Letter
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Thank you letters are now a financial aid status requirement on your myRedDragon account. Before your scholarship will be allowed to credit or pay to your account, you will need to submit a thank you letter. If you have a renewable scholarship, a thank you letter will be required every year. This is to ensure that your donor is up to date on your progress and successes at SUNY Cortland.
You may be invited to a donor appreciation gathering. When invited, this allows you the opportunity to meet your scholarship donor in person. We encourage you to attend. From past gatherings, we know that the meeting is mutually beneficial for both the donors and the scholarship recipients.