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Asking for scholarship recommendations

Recommendations play an important part in determining how others view you. It is your responsibility to select the most appropriate individuals who will support and advocate for you. It is suggested that you select individuals you interact with often and who are familiar with your talents, successes and abilities. When approaching someone for a recommendation, always be respectful of their time and schedules.

  • Be outgoing.  Ask your teachers, counselors, coaches and community leaders. If they are familiar with you, they will be glad to assist you if given enough time.
  • Provide them with the recommendation form filled out with your information.  Also, supply them with details of awards, volunteering, outside community activities or pertinent information that they may not know to provide a well-rounded perspective.
  • Make sure they have plenty of time to formulate their thoughts and return the form.  About two weeks before you want to submit your application should be sufficient.
  • Follow up within a week prior to the deadline you established with them to see if they need additional information. 
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