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    Getting The Best Letters Of Recommendation For Scholarships

    Letters of recommendation let scholarship providers get the real scoop on you. Make sure that scoop is really good by asking the right people for help at the right time.
    By Diane Melville - Updated: October 9, 2013

    Getting The Best Letters Of recommendation For Scholarships

    5 Ways To Get The Best Scholarship Letter Of Recommendation

    1. Ask The Right Person

    Unless otherwise noted in the scholarship application, you should always ask a professor or counselor for a letter of recommendation. Friends, family, or even mentors are usually not the best choices for strong letters of recommendation because they may be biased.

    Good Recommenders

    • Professors of your major
    • Professors you've known for over a year
    • Your counselor
    • An academic dean if they know you well

    Not So Good Recommenders

    • Family (sorry, mom)
    • Work supervisors
    • Mentors
    • Professors who barely know you
    • Teacher's assistants

    2. Ask Early

    If you can help it, ask for the letter of recommendation at least 2 weeks before it is due.

    Professors are often busy. Asking for the letter in advance is a show of respect to the recommender's time and also gives them ample opportunity to really think about what they will write.

    3. Ask For Multiple Letters

    If you are planning to apply for more than one scholarship, ask for multiple copies of the same letter of recommendation (addressed to "To whom it may concern").

    That way, you won't have to worry about asking the same person over and over for more letters.

    4. Ask With A Note

    When you ask for a letter of recommendation, give the recommender a paragraph summary that includes:

    1. What the letter is for
    2. What your goals/dreams are
    3. Why you want to win this scholarship
    4. When the deadline for the scholarship is

    This will give the recommender ammunition to write a killer letter of recommendation.

    5. Say Thanks!

    Don't forget to write a quick "thank you" note or email to the recommender after they've taken the time to write you a recommendation.

    The next time you need a letter, they will remember how grateful you were!

    Letters of recommendation let scholarship providers get the real scoop on you. Make sure that scoop is really good by asking the right people for help at the right time.
    Por Diane Melville - Actualizado: 9 octubre 2013
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