Writing a scholarship recommendation letter is a responsible and a difficult task because it’s the duty of the writer to provide specific and true information about the student. The most convincing recommendation letters provide the information that either expands something which was explained in the students’ application or inform regarding totally new thing. The paramount recommendations are not a mere data of what the student has achieved but the illustration upon these accomplishments. A recommendation letter offers information about students’ character and work ethic in written form. Various colleges and graduate schools in the admission process need at least one recommendation letter.
The main question arises is to choose whom for writing the recommendation letter. The people who know us well from our current work in the classroom are best suited to support our letter. They are well-known with our academic capabilities and intellectual talents. These people have observed how we respond to various challenges in the classroom and recognize our aptitude and aspiration to be taught. Our professors, analysts, teachers and counselors are our best defenders and writers for our recommendation letter.
A badly written letter of recommendation for scholarship can seriously affect a students’ chance to get admission or full scholarship for college. The writer should always tell the student how strong a letter he/she can honestly write on the applicant’s behalf. The writer should also ask for as much information from the student as possible (application form, due date, copies of work done in the course, etc.) and this will help in putting things in detail in the paper. A student should make available the writer the copies of his/her application materials, transcript(s) and resume.
Recommending somebody for a scholarship grant and writing this kind of letter is a big responsibility and it can also increase gradually. Being a teacher the person may be asked to write a recommendation letter in favour of an ex- student’s application for a college scholarship. The concerned letter will need to give information about his/her experience with the applicant in an educational environment and his/her outlook of applicant’s capability for success in a higher education setting. There are various ways to draft a recommendation letter. Following topics should be considered while writing a letter of recommendation for scholarship on behalf of a student:
- Explain about the confrontment of the student in specific circumstances.
- Student’s passion and devotion for academic area or subject.
- Writer should also mention unprecedented achievements of the recommender in career or academic history.
Scholarship-Positions.com has compiled a list of sample recommendation letters from American University websites and hope this will help you in writing good and effective letters.
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I hope resources like these will help you in writing better recommendation letter. If you have any question then please feel free to post a comment.
Amit Kumar Singh
Scholarship Application Adviser
Scholarship Essay Example 1
At 13, I was an ordinary teenage girl. I had my favorite movie stars, my secret crushes, and I probably ate too much chocolate. School mattered very little to me and learning even less. I worried about getting good grades in school but only to please my parents. My happy life consisted of sweet treats and even sweeter thoughts, an endless array of bite-sized banality. All that changed the summer of my 13th year, the year my older sister went away to college.
I idolized my older sister. She was five years older than me and my link to the shadowy world of adulthood that seemed so out of reach. When she went away, I was devastated. It was a very wet summer that year and one particularly rainy day, I was lying in her empty bed looking at the artifacts she'd left behind, clutching an old sweater. My eyes travelled around the room and came to rest on her bookshelf. For whatever reason, I picked one book up and began thumbing through it. It was Emile Zola's Germinal and it was to change my life forever.
Germinal woke me up from my slumber. I began to see the world around me, to look at it with new eyes. I always thought things like poverty, greed and injustice happened elsewhere, to people that more or less deserved it. But the more I read about Etienne, Catherine, and the Vandame mine, the more I began to realize the universal nature of suffering. This is part of what makes Zola's novel a great work of art. It has the power to change the way you think while also being beautiful. I realized that there were actually striking miners in my own state. I then became an avid reader of newspapers and current events. I held a bake sale outside my school for the families of the miners. I didn't raise that much money but it felt good to at least to be doing something.
The affect Germinal had on me was not just limited to social awareness. I also became more aware of other literature, history, and art. I read other Zola novels which led me to discover Balzac and his wonderful books such as the sweet sad tale of Pere Goriot. I also became interested in the French Revolution in order to find out how the month of Germinal came to get its name. When I learned that the young Zola was a early champion and admirer of Monet and the Impressionists, I began to notice art for the first time.
Now that I am getting ready for college, I feel the effect that Germinal had on me more than ever. I've read it three times since I first discovered it and each time I seem to learn new things. It isn't just that I have a pet rabbit named Poland or that I have a pen-pal who is an orphaned miner's daughter. It goes much deeper than that. Germinal has changed the way I look at myself and the world around me. No other book has done that.