Many scholarships and college applications require letters of recommendation from teachers and/or members of the community.
- Read the application instructions carefully.
- Give the writer a stamped properly addressed envelope.
- Give the writer any forms that need to be send with the letter.
- Indicate deadline.
- Request a letter well in advance of the deadline. The writer should have a minimum of 2 weeks to write the letter.
- Check back to see that the letter has been mailed.
- Recommend the writer save a copy.
people who know you well and show interest in you, i.e., teacher,
activity advisor, job supervisor, youth minister, volunteer coordinator,
- Select people who are familiar with your potential and your achievements.
- Select teachers whom you have had as instructors in an academic subject.
- Ask teachers with whom you have had more than one class (when possible).
- Select people who could best explain your extra efforts in school or on the job.
- Ask the person how they feel about writing a good recommendation for you.
Write a Thank you note shortly after the letter has been completed!