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Expressing Gratitude

Giving Thanks to Our Donors

Congratulations — It’s a tremendous achievement to receive a scholarship from UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley is able to provide scholarships like the Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship, Fiat Lux, and the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship because of hundreds of donors who want to see students achieve their full potential in college. UC Berkeley shows its appreciation to these generous donors by sending them each a thank-you letter along with a personal message from each scholarship recipient. The donors of these scholarships are genuinely interested in learning about you and want to know that they are making a real difference in the lives of students.

That’s why we need every recipient of a donor-funded scholarship to fill out a scholarship profile.

How It Works: The Scholarship Profile and ThankView Video

The scholarship profile and the ThankView video are easy and effective ways for you to express your appreciation to the donors who made your scholarship possible. Here’s how they work.

Step 1: You will receive an email in the fall (between September and December) by the UC Berkeley department responsible for thanking donors: Donor and Gift Services, University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR).

Step 2: From the email, click on the link to the scholarship profile website.

You will be shown how to fill out a scholarship profile. This website will have sample profiles and an online submission form.

It will also tell you about the person who financed your scholarship, in a brief scholarship biography. Donors often create scholarships for a specific purpose that is meaningful to them and name the scholarship after themselves or a loved one. You will likely be writing your profile for a donor who has specifically asked to support a student like you. Reading the short scholarship biography will help you understand something about the person who is helping to fund your education and may inspire specific ideas about what to say in your scholarship profile.

Step 3: You will be guided step-by-step in filling out the profile. In the scholarship profile, you will be asked to answer three prompts and provide an optional photo.

Step 4: If you completed your scholarship profile in the fall, then you may receive an email from University Development and Alumni Relations, through the ThankView platform, inviting you to submit a short video update for your donor.

Step 5: Review the materials contained in the ThankView Recording Toolkit and record or upload your video through the email link when ready. 

The ThankView Recording Toolkit contains recording tips, example scripts and videos, a written option, and an opportunity to sign up for an in-person video recording session with someone from our team.

Your participation in thanking donors is crucial to showing them the impact of their giving on your life and the lives of other students, and encourages them to continue their financial support for Berkeley’s talented undergraduate students. Thank you for helping Berkeley continue to provide scholarships to deserving students like yourself!

For more information, see also the Scholarship Cycle Explained and Frequently Asked Questions.