Sample Scholarship Recommendation Letter

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Scholarships have become more competitive than ever. Talented students depend on strongly written letters of recommendation. This resource provides a sample scholarship recommendation letter to ensure that your top students are noticed.

Students rely on scholarships to help cover the costs of higher education. This means that they also rely on teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, supervisors, and administrators for letters of recommendation. This can seem like a daunting task, but it need not be with proper planning and preparation.

This sample letter provides the reason for the letter along with your qualifications. Personal knowledge of the student is accentuated by the student's achievements and characteristics, which highlight the body of the letter and remind the receiver why the student is a strong choice. In addition, contact information and a willingness to provide additional information, if needed, will help to round out a very strong letter of recommendation.


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Sample Letter







Re: Letter of Recommendation for STUDENT NAME


I am writing on behalf of STUDENT NAME in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP. NAME OF STUDENT is an individual of outstanding academic and personal character and is an excellent match for NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP.

I have known NAME OF THE STUDENT for a period of (AMOUNT OF TIME YOU HAVE KNOWN THE STUDENT). I initially met NAME OF THE STUDENT in MONTH and YEAR when he/she began as a student in my NAME OF CLASS (this may vary according to the capacity in which you have known the student). Not only was HE/SHE an academic standout, consistently scoring in the top 1% of all students (this may vary according to the academic standing of the student), but HE/SHE presented the unique ability to approach the course work in new and innovative ways. HIS/HER zeal for the topic of NAME OF TOPIC was simply unmatched.

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