Scholarship Recommendation Letter For A Friend

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This Scholarship Recommendation Letter For A Friend template can help you find inspiration and motivation. Such a letter is also known as a letter of reference or recommendation letter. A reference letter is a recommendation from a previous or current manager, boss, supervisor, professor, coworker, peer, or personal relation of the requester of the letter, and it gives insights regarding the persons’ knowledge, skills, experience, awards, or aptitudes that he or she possess.

It’s common to use a reference letter during the search for a new job, project, or when you are applying for a program at a graduate school. Especially for students, reference letters may be required when applying for awards, funds, or grants such as a scholarship or fellowship. When presented selectively in a portfolio, reference letters provide compelling evidence to an employer or committee about your abilities. This blank reference letter is intuitive, ready-to-use when you want to recommend a person for a job position in another company or organization. Try it now and let this sample letter inspire you. We certainly encourage you to use this for your own benefit.

Below you can see 2 Scholarship Recommendation letters which include the most important topics that you are looking for and will help you to structure and communicate in a professional manner with the scholarship provider.

Samples of Recommendation Letters:

Dear {{Scholarship Name}},
I am writing a letter on behalf of {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}, an international studies student at {{University}} University who is applying for the {{Name Scholarship}}.  To get straight to the point, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} is, without a doubt, one of the strongest undergraduate students I have had the pleasure of working at {{University}}. 
I am {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}’s co-advisor for his/her honors thesis and he/she has enrolled in several of my classes. Most recently, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} was the sole undergraduate student in a graduate seminar I taught titled Qualitative Methods. His/her performance was outstanding. I enjoyed watching his/her successfully grapple his/her way through some very difficult readings in social theory. Additionally, he/she was a discussion leader he/she grounded very difficult theory which helped alleviate some of the initial nervousness of the other students in the class. As I noted from his/her discussions, he/she is one of those rare students who can operate at an advanced theoretical level while keeping firmly rooted in an empirical realm.
Over the past year, I have watched {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}’s interest in {{Studies}} blossom into a very powerful thesis topic on {{topic}}. My area of expertise is in {{area expertise}}; for this reason, I am confident when I say he/she has chosen a fascinating topic for exploration. As part of his/her research, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} conducted a case study of {{topic}}. {{Explain qualities}}
Having carefully reviewed {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}’s data based on his/her case study, I can affirm that his/her work is top-notch and is on par with the graduate students in the geography department. Such a claim is no small matter. {{University}} University’s {{Department}} is the highest-ranking department in the country based on a recent report by the Council, so it is important to understand that I am comparing {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} with some of the best graduate students in the discipline.
Finally, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} has a strong understanding of political theory and a strong intellectual facility. He/she writes well and clearly and will complete his/her career at {{University}} University undoubtedly to much acclaim. He/she is a r...
I am pleased to write in support of {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}’s application to receive a {{Name Scholarship}}. I know {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} well; he/she initially developed his/her thesis proposal in one of my classes and I direct a workshop in which he/she is bringing that proposal to fruition with other seniors. I am also his/her honors advisor in {{Science}}, and I selected his/her to serve as the undergraduate representative to the department Undergraduate Committee, which I chair. We talk frequently about his/her academic interests, career goals, travels, and many campus responsibilities.

{{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} is impressive and growing more so each year. His/her academic work is excellent: he/she writes well, he/she offers valuable and at times exceedingly insightful comments, he/she is always prepared, and on group projects, he/she elevates the performance of those around his/her. But without doubt his/her finest academic achievement is the honors thesis he/she is now writing. I believe it will be among the best we have seen here in the last ten years, and we produce an average of eight to ten these a year.
{{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} developed and refined his/her research proposal on {{topic}}. No honors student that I have worked with, let alone a sophomore, has developed a research idea, and then set up the appropriate fieldwork with comparable skill and determination.
{{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} used his/her junior year to do advanced graduate course work on comparative methods. He/she then spent the summer conducting interviews and doing archival research. And what a trove of material he/she has developed! Rich, sensitive, and theoretically revealing interviews that demonstrate his/her grasp of the material and ability to connect with his/her subjects. I expect his/her thesis to make important academic contributions to our notions of identity and its importance to politics as wells as substantive contributions to our understanding of politics in regions plagued by years of conflict. My hope is that he/she will continue to mine his/her material and push his/her ideas in advanced academic work, preferably in USA.
But to fully appreciate {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} you need to go far beyond his/her intellectual abilities. He/she is a force on campus and outside, but one who tends to work within rather than outside the system.

{{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} is responsible, organized, articulate, exceedingly driven, and personable. Other students defer to his/her judgment and arguments. I chose his/her to serve on my undergraduate committee, which is engaged in an overhaul of our curriculum, for all these reasons. But I have been pleasantly surprised by his/her work on the committee because of the extent to which he/she has been such a forceful advocate for students’ interests. This is not the easiest thing to do—to tell three professors what they should be doing. From the first day, however, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} demonstrated the role he/she would play, and we quickly came to rely upon his/her as a vital participant in our deliberations.

I should note one or two other aspects of {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}}’s personality and character as well, in that they are so public and striking. First, he/she is aware and involved with contemporary politics, in particular issues important to youth. His/her work to promote voting among college students, his/her web broadcasts of the conventions, his/her active support of the quality team teaching program at the {{University}} Institute for Learning, and his/her recent involvement with the World Summit all demonstrate, to me, that he/she has his/her finger on the pulse of the college campus, American youth, and increasingly international youth as well. This is an essential part of how he/she defines his/her leadership skills. 

Second, {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} is wonderfully authentic. He/she talks about his/her accomplishments with joy, his/her failures with disappointment, and his/her plans with enthusiasm. Finally, he/she is ambitious without seeing himself/herself in competition with others. In a variety of settings, I have seen his/her contributions to other students and the larger community.

I believe {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} {{Mr./Mrs.}} {{Name Student}} is a ....
Please contact me if I can provide any additional information. Yours sincerely,

What makes a good recommendation letter?

  • Use action verbs to describe your accomplishments, skills, and strengths;
  • Use of the active voice indicates that you completed tasks and demonstrated desirable behaviors. The passive voice can indicate that events happened to you and tasks would have been completed whether you were there or not;
  • How you performed the responsibilities required for the position or role. A glowing reference letter will include how you exceeded expectations in your position/role, even if it is only in one area.
  • Descriptions of your contributions to the work/academic environment, whether in regards to your
  • work habits, such as completed tasks on time, or your personal strengths, for example, you are collegial and supportive;
  • If possible, a statement indicating that the referee would re-hire you or collaborate with you on another project.
  • People may also work several times for the same organization and it is beneficial for you if the letter indicates that you worked for or with the referee several times or that they expect to work with you in the future.
  • The referee’s contact information including his or her full name, appropriate title, address, phone number, and/or e-mail address;
  • Write enthusiastically! Show off the character and personality of the person;
  • Provide descriptions of your contributions to the work/academic environment related to completed tasks on time or your strengths;
  • Always use action verbs to describe your accomplishments, skills, and strengths;
  • Make sure to use the active voice which indicates that you completed tasks and demonstrated desirable behaviors. Since the passive voice can indicate that events happened with or without your active involvement;
  • Explain how you performed the responsibilities required, and therefore it’s good to study some appealing  anecdotes;
  • If possible, a statement indicating people would re-hire you or collaborate with you on another project;
  • Structured and written to highlight the person's strengths;
  • Immediately clear about the purpose and position the person is seeking;
  • Brief, preferably one or pages in length;
  • Clean, error-free, and easy to read;
  • Using common business letter format;
  • No copying of exact words/phrases from sample letters without checking the context;
  • Uses the correct name of the University or organization;
  • Contact information including his or her full name, appropriate title, address, phone number, and/or e-mail address;
  • Expands upon their resume; do not repeat it verbatim in your reference letter as well.

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