Q: Please tell me what is an appropriate way to thank someone for writing a reference letter – my daughter has had a number of teachers write letters to accompany scholarship applications for her university entrance. Some of her applications are for full scholarships, but some will be for lesser awards. What do you think would be an appropriate token of our appreciation – my daughter thinks that because the potential result could be significant, so should the thank you. —– Could there be an initial thank-you gift, and a follow-up, if she in fact did receive a major scholarship? – or is there a correct way to do it once?
A: Your daughter should send a handwritten note to her teachers, who wrote reference letters, no matter what the outcome. It is not necessary but would be appropriate, if the outcome is favorable, to let the teachers know either in person or in writing. A gift is not necessary.