Asking for help can be difficult --
but typically your professor, employer, or colleague will be very pleased to do what they can to help with your scholarship search. Unless the scholarship application specifically advises against it or requests that no additional materials be forwarded, don't hesitate to include a strong letter of reference.
Carefully select the person
Consider the particular scholarship requirements.
Ask a professor, mentor, supervisor, colleague, or associate in your community or volunteer work.
Provide ample time -- this is critical!
Allow four to six weeks for your references to write the letter.
Ask to have it at least two weeks before the deadline.
Provide a personal profile and the application. By giving these to your reference, they will have the following information:
- Description of the kind of letter you need and specific questions to be addressed in the letter, if any.
- To whom the letter should be addressed.
- What scholarship you are applying for.
- When the letter is due.
- Details about your future plans.
- Details about you and your future plans.
- Jog their memory about your relationship.
- Provide the information for a more personal, convincing, and complete letter of recommendation.
Don't forget the details
Is your letter to be attached to the application?
Select a date for you to either pick up your letter of reference or have it mailed to your home, but be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
Is your letter to be mailed directly to the scholarship committee?
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and the date it is due to the committee.
Writing letters is time-consuming and difficult work.
Let your reference know whether you were successful or not.
Thank you notes are always appreciated.