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If you have no idea what you are doing, asking for a letter of recommendation for a scholarship application can be kind of a nerve-wracking experience. Who should you ask? When should you ask? How can you tell if someone is going to write you a good letter of recommendation or a terrible one? Whether you’re a high school student going to college for the first time or a community college student transferring to a four-year institution, knowing how to get the best letter of recommendation possible can make all the difference. Luckily, I have all of the answers for you neatly packaged into this blog post!
Ask the Right People:
The “right person” depends on the purpose of the letter of recommendation. For scholarship applications, the readers want confirmation that you are indeed a good student—an educator is typically the right person to convey this message about you.
Once you’ve selected your recommenders and they have agreed, DO NOT take for granted that your counselor or teachers will do a good job on their own. Particularly at public schools, these people are simply overwhelmed by all they must do. Therefore, one of your jobs is to make their job easier.
Here are some ways you can do that:
If you need letters from your teachers, you should ask teachers who know you well and who can say something specific and unique about you as a student. You can also get optional recommendations, which are best written by individuals who know you well in a context where you shine. Examples include deans, additional teachers, coaches, employers, and community service directors.
Sit down with your parents (or perhaps an older sibling or close friends) and brainstorm names of three to five potential teacher recommenders. Ask yourself: