1. Congratulate your friend or colleague for receiving an honor or scholarship. You need not overdo the praising as it would sound dramatic. Refrain from using a language which seems closer than the relationship with the reader.
  2. Begin by congratulating the person on the accomplishment.
  3. Appreciate the efforts and hard work put into it. Acknowledge any sacrifices made for it.
  4. Wish well for future endeavors.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
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[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

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Dear [Recipients Name],

I was delighted to hear that you had secured the Employee of the Year Award. I do not know anyone who was more deserving of the recognition, and I find it gratifying that you did it while a member of my team. It shows that long hours and hard work do get recognized. You have done a lot to secure a lot of business for this firm, including the great Carlson account.

I would like to offer my personal thanks for your hard work, and I am sure that you will have a great deal of success in the years to come.


[Senders Name]
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