I cannot thank you enough for the joy you have brought into my life.  Both last year and now this year your gesture of support has given me confidence and increased motivation to do my very best.  I feel liberated - much of the past few months I have allowed financial troubles to permeate my thoughts. 

Because of your incredible gift to me, I am able to attend Bard College again next year, and I thank you immensely for that.  Thank you for choosing me to be the reciipient of this prestigious award, and please know that it will be put to good use and reflected in my college experience.