To Whom This May Concern,
I am writing this letter to thank you for the generous scholarship you allotted me, though I don’t know if I will ever be able to describe in words how grateful I am. This year has been an awe-inspiring year. The amount of knowledge and information I acquired is immeasurable. The companionship I created and the friendships that blossomed will forever be with me. The experiences I came across made an everlasting effect on me.
I had many goals going in. I wanted to tour Israel, to learn and understand my Jewish heritage better. I wanted to enhance my Torah learning and strengthen my observance of mitzvot. I wanted to make relationships that I would have for the rest of my life. Thank G-d, all my wishes have come true.
But something even better than all of these goals coming true occurred. It didn’t happen suddenly and I didn’t realize what was happening until the end: I became my own person. I became a person who made her own decisions, a person who saw herself and the environment around her in a different light. I started looking at Judaism differently. I didn’t just feel it all around me or see it in the people that I knew; for the first time, I felt it inside me.
I can only hope this letter has given you some insight into how meaningful this scholarship was for me. As the year sadly comes to an end, I cringe to think who I would be without your help. I would like to thank you again for you generosity and support.
Student who studied in MMY 2011-2012