Thank You to Our Donors

We wouldn't be able to provide the level of aid we do without the generous support of alumni and friends, and we are immensely grateful. Current students have the opportunity to say "Thank you" to the donors of their scholarships through the Undergraduate Student Thank-You Note Program. Read on to learn about some Duke students' experiences and to find information on how to participate in this program.

More About the Undergraduate Student Thank-You Note Program

The Undergraduate Student Thank-You Note Program helps students express thanks to the donors of their named scholarships at Duke. If you have received a named scholarship or endowment by our office, your donor is excited to hear about your life at Duke!

Your outreach to your donor strengthens Duke’s relationship with generous alumni and friends who have invested in financial aid. We ask that you write a thank-you letter for each year you receive the scholarship. 

Check your DukeHub account under your Financial Aid tab. Your named scholarship will be listed there along with a link to a scholarship description. If you have questions, contact us and we'll be happy to help.

Donors love to hear your story and why you're excited to be at Duke. If you've had an amazing experience or class, write about it! If you're excited about future opportunities you'll have at Duke, you can write about those, too. You can find additional prompts below:

  • Discuss what brought you to Duke. Why did you choose Duke?
  • Have you chosen a major?  If so, write about it!
  • Have you had an amazing research, study abroad, and/or DukeEngage experience?  Tell those stories!
  • Check out the scholarship description on your DukeHub account.  Were you chosen for this award because of a specific reason?  For example, if your scholarship is for someone from North Carolina and you are from North Carolina, write about that!

You can type or write your thank-you note by hand. When you're ready, please submit your note to University Development at dev-thankyou@duke.edu. You can send your note by email, campus mail, or regular mail, and Donor Relations will mail it from Duke on your behalf. 



Campus mail (no stamp required):
Stewardship Coordinator
Box 90600

Regular mail (stamp required):
Stewardship Coordinator for Financial Aid
Donor Relations/Office of University Development
Duke University
Box 90600
Durham, NC 27708

We encourage you to reach out to University Development.


Gloria Oluwasehun Adedoyin

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2016
Major: Biology
Minors: Chemistry & History

I chose Duke for a myriad of reasons (including the opportunity to cheer for the greatest college basketball team that will ever exist, EVER), but among the most salient was its strong community of learning despite a high level of academic competition. Before arriving at Duke, I asked current students, "Is Duke as hard as they say?” and unequivocally the answer was "Yes. Absolutely. 100%." But several added that fellow students are among the many resources to help you when times get tough. I liked that. I liked the idea that your classmates are there to help you when you need it. We aren't just in a classroom taking notes and competing to set the curve; we're truly in this together and are willing to help one another. Duke's learning community is not only one reason I chose Duke, but also one reason I love Duke.

It's important to say thank you to your scholarship donors because gratitude is essential to continuing the spirit of giving. Let them know that their scholarship has provided an opportunity that means more to you than just its monetary value. Donors should know just how important their kindheartedness is to many students. Writing a note and sending a card are both simple ways to express this impact. My donors have made it possible for me to attend a top-tier institution that would otherwise be financially out of reach for many students like myself. When I write to them each year, I am not saying thank you from myself but also from my mother and my sister who have constantly provided the support and encouragement I needed to do well in school. In short, I say thank you because it is truly my honor to do so.

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Ileana Astorga

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2017
Major: Political Science
Minor: Education

Duke is a place where people from all corners of the world come together because they are passionate about thriving and pursuing a career that they love. I love that people of such a diverse background are able to come together and work side by side, including people from a wide socio-economic spectrum. By thanking donors and acknowledging that their generosity is the reason for my attendance at such a prestigious university, it allows for proof and self-fulfillment of their actions.

I know that with the generosity of my donors, I will be able to pursue a career that will allow me to reach out to students in the same position. As a first-generation college student and a recipient of an amazing scholarship, I want others to know what is possible – that their success is not determined by their parents’ salaries. Thanks to donors’ generosity and selflessness, recipients like me are encouraged to tell other students in the same position to not be afraid of financial need. Donors send a message to students that with drive and perseverance, the cost of tuition need not be the reason to abandon education.

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Karina Martinez Romo

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2017
Majors: Psychology
Minor: Global Health

What is there not to love about Duke? Duke is a beautiful campus that could have been taken from the pages of Harry Potter. The academics are challenging and there are innumerable things to do, whether it is research or performing a monologue or attending basketball games! All you can imagine is at your fingertips, it’s just a matter of pursuing them. Another major reason I chose Duke is because of its diversity. It is something that Duke does well, selecting students from various backgrounds to create a vibrant and eclectic student body. There is not a day that passes me by and I am not in awe to be at such and amazing campus!

One of the simplest, yet most powerful things you can ever say to someone is “thank you.” Often times we are inclined to say or think “YES! I did it!” And surely, you did. You did accomplish many things, but it is important to remember that there are always people along the way that have encouraged you and helped you get to the place where you want to be. For me, saying thank you to my scholarship donors or to my family and friends, or my teachers or mentors that have supported me or continue to support me, is something I say with deep gratitude. It is saying thank you for believing in me, investing in me, being patient to see me grow and learn and reach my full potential. Of all people, they saw something in me that set me apart from others. For one reason or another, they decided to put their faith in me. They are my supporters; my fans if you will, and they know I will do great things and give back as they have done with me. And I truly appreciate that. Thank you.

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