For the application procedure, each scholarship has its own set of conditions. A letter of recommendation is required for most scholarships. These letters are typically written by a professor or any other adult supervisor who can provide a solid overall view of you as a student and your personality. Even if you are not asked for them, you should attach them to give the scholarship panel a ground to distinguish you from the other applicants. Many students are apprehensive when required to write a letter of recommendation. On the other hand, letters of recommendation allow a scholarship panel to delve deeper into your eligibility for specific scholarships and have a better understanding of why you are actually worthy of their funds. A scholarship is an expense for this panel, and they want to ensure you are a decent return on that expense. All letters of recommendation have various needs, so review your application thoroughly to see any specific items they would like you to include. A recommendation may also come in the form of a questionnaire that you must have someone to complete. They may also request that your professor write a letter of recommendation from the ground up. Teachers, particularly those who teach secondary levels, do this all the time for their pupils and are used to being requested to do so. Don’t be afraid to ask them.
How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation?
We’ll concentrate on teachers because they’re the most frequently questioned. This makes sense because teachers have the best chance of getting to understand you — professionally and personally. That’s why, if you have a strong bond with a teacher, they are an excellent alternative.
Even if you have a good relationship with your teacher, requesting a recommendation can be intimidating. Remember that your teacher is probably well-versed in the referral procedure. They’ve undoubtedly written a few letters before, and they’re probably aware that you might be hesitant to ask. There’s not much to it once you reach them. Simply mention that you require a letter of recommendation for university. We estimate that teachers agree to write 95% of the time. A good teacher is on his student’s side and wishes them to succeed. Even if they don’t understand you very well, they might write you a more generic letter. They’ll only say no if they’re asked at the last minute and do not have enough time to write a recommendation letter.
It’s not the end of the world if your teacher does not agree for some cause. It’s generally best not to get a letter from such a teacher who refuses to write one. You can always go to another teacher for help. As previously said, most teachers are willing to write letters for their pupils as long as it is not done at the last moment. It’s time to arrange your next move once you’ve received your teacher’s approval. You should meet with your teacher to discuss the letter’s mechanics and to provide details about yourself.
Information to be given to the teacher
Even if you think your teacher knows a lot about you, you still should sit with them and provide them additional information. Remember that they have a large number of students each year. They might not recall you playing volleyball or writing for the school newspaper. First and foremost, you should provide technical information regarding the application to your teacher. Where are you submitting your application? Do you have a clear idea of what you want to study? What is the date of the deadline? What is the best way for them to send you a letter of recommendation? The letter is commonly submitted via the Common Application, Naviance, or the university’s website.
Aside from practicalities, you’ll want to bring personal information with you. Share any personal details about yourself that you’d like your letter’s recommended to contain. These could be characteristics, values, or achievements. You should give information that helps your campaign in the long run. Provide as many specifics and personal examples as you can. You could want to write down a list of your qualities and achievements on a piece of paper. This is something you can bring to the discussion and even leave with your teacher. Although you may feel self-conscious about doing so, your teacher will most probably appreciate it because it will save them effort and time. It will also aid in their organization.
[sender’s departmental address—if not printed on letterhead]
[sender’s departmental phone number, if available]
[sender’s departmental fax number—if not printed on paper]
[sender’s institutional email address]
[recipient’s institutional address]
Dear [recipient’s name]: or To Whom it May Concern:
It is my pleasure to recommend Jane Doe for admission to [name of program] at [name of university]. I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. I came to know Jane when I was her Graduate Student Instructor for Philosophy 111: Ethical Relativism, taught by Professor John Smith. The course comprised [short description of course]. Jane distinguished herself by submitting an exceptionally well-researched and interesting project on ethical practices in ancient Greece. I would rank her in the top 2% of students that I have taught in the past five years regarding her writing ability and research skills.
Overall, Jane is brilliant and has good analytical skills. Her project on ethical practices in ancient Greece demonstrated her ability to understand the ethical practices, very different, culture and to analyze the consequences of those practices for contemporary ethical theories. She gave a fascinating discussion of the problematic practice of infanticide and showed both sensitivity and detachment when discussing its moral consequences. Her overall intelligence is also reflected in her grades for the course, which was by far the best in the class.
Jane has excellent communication skills. Her written work is both clear and concise, as well as enjoyable to read. She demonstrated her oral articulateness in the discussion sections that were an integral part of the course. Each discussion section focused on a particular ethical dilemma. Students were required to analyze morally problematic situations and develop and argue for their own moral views regarding the issue in question. Jane was highly proficient in applying the course material in diagnosing the problem situations. She always explained her views very concisely and gave supporting arguments that were both clear and persuasive. Jane also demonstrated good teamwork skills in group assignments.
At a personal level, Jane is a well-disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality. She went well beyond the course requirements in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a lot of extra research and attending office hours every week. Throughout the course, Jane demonstrated great perseverance and initiative. Not only was she interested in and motivated to learn the material, but she also put tremendous work into assimilating it to her own experience and developing her own ideas about each ethical topic that we discussed.
Jane is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for graduate study in Ethics. Jane’s work in Philosophy 111 suggests that she would greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual development provided by a sustained period of graduate study. She has proven herself to have the perseverance, initiative, and intellectual creativity necessary to complete an advanced graduate degree. I would therefore highly recommend Jane Doe. If her performance in my class is a good indication of how she would perform as a graduate student, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program.
If I can assist or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
[sender’s name and title]
What are the main parts of a recommendation letter?
Although each recommendation letter you write will be unique to the kid you’re writing about, many of them will follow a similar format. Here’s what you should mention in your letter of recommendation:
- A friendly greeting
- An explanation of your relationship with the student in the first paragraph.
- The body of the letter, in which you describe why you believe the student is deserving of the scholarship.
- A conclusion in which you restate your primary ideas
- Your signature and contact information
What to do after the recommendation letter is written?
The student has to send it to the scholarship panel through the way they have told you.