How to Choose The Right Recommender For Your Scholarship Application: JR’s Daily Two-Minute Financial Aid Tip

Todays Episode:How to Choose The Right Recommender For Your Scholarship Application

Episode 42

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Its time for another Daily Scholarship and Financial Aid Tip in about two minutes, by JR The College Money Man

This is episode 42 and today we are talking about How to Choose The Right Recommender For Your Scholarship Application;

Most schools and scholarships require that applicants submit one, if not two or more recommendations as part of the application process. This allows judges and admissions officers to gain an outside view of the applicant to understand their strengths and weeknesses. However, many dont know that the person who offers the recommendation is as important as what is said about the applicant.

For example, take two equal candidates that are competing for a scholarship targeted at engineers. Both have the same GPA, major, and career intent. However, one has a letter of recommendation from his priest, and one has a letter of recommendation from the owner of an engineering firm. A judge looking at both of these candidates would likely defer to the engineer given his relevance to that specific scholarships.

So with that fact in mind, heres a quick tip: always target and tailor your letters of recommendation and the recommender to the audience. When you have little time to connect with judges, a recommender with something in common with the judge may make the difference between financing your education, and a rejection letter.

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