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]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

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

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

Congratulations yet again! There is no one else who has managed three consecutive Hunter Fellowships. It surely means that you are the best there is in York. I do not know of anyone more deserving than you.

Please accept my small gift, and I hope that it proves to be useful.


[Senders Name]
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