How to Ask For A Letter of Recommendation For Scholarship Application: JR’s Daily Two-Minute Financial Aid Tip

Todays Episode:How to Ask For A Letter of Recommendation For Your Scholarship Application:

Episode 43

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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 43 and today we are talking about How to Ask For A Letter of Recommendation 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 weaknesses. However, many students and parents don’t know how to go about asking for one. 

As I often tell student’s and parents, who recommends you is important what is said. however, often the beast people to ask for as letter of recommendation are often busy people with full lives. So it is important to be as brief and professional as possible when asking.

Before you for your letter, be sure this person has as very positive view of you and your work. Also, have as tailored resume or list of accomplishments ready, as well as a sheet of paper with the information of the scholarships for them to review. Once all of this is assembled, politely ask your professor or other recommenders during regular business hours if they can assist you by providing the letter on your behalf. Let them know what the scholarship if for, and what it would mean to win. If the recommender is busy ast the time of your request, make an appointment for later, ast least one half hour, so you can discuss it with them.

applications can be cumbersome and paperwork intensive. But if done right, a strong letter of recommendation will make all the difference to the judges.

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