Each month, beginning in October, a revised scholarship packet is available in the Guidance Office regarding the latest local, regional and national scholarship information. For additional updates between the revisions of the packet, listen to the morning announcements.
Scholarship Packet - or stop in the Guidance Office for a copy
Local Scholarship Application - (Click File > Make a copy... to begin editing with Google Docs)
Guidelines for Letters of Recommendation
(Information taken from FastWeb! College Gold: The Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for College written by Mark Kantrowitz and Doug Hardy)
- People to consider for writing a recommendation include your teachers or professors, your employer, your coach, the director of a community service organization at which you volunteered your time, or anyone else who knows you well. Avoid asking family members to write a letter on your behalf.
- Choose people who are relevant to the sponsor's goals. For example, ask a science teacher to write a letter of recommendation for a science scholarship, not your English teacher. If writing about community service, ask someone who directs the service program, not a friend who served with you.
- Ask each person whether they can write you a good letter of recommendation. You should pick people who can not only write well, but write well about you. If they seem reluctant to recommend you, ask them to suggest someone else who might be a better choice.
- Meet with each person you've chosen, and tell them about the scholarship and its sponsor. Let them know why you think you deserve the scholarship. If you've written an essay, give them a copy. Provide them with a copy of your accomplishments resume, so that they have a summary of your background.
- Provide the recommender with a stamped and addressed envelope (if they are required to send the recommendation letter themselves) and any required forms. Give them two or three weeks to write the letter. Follow up after ten days to politely ask if they have sent the recommendation or need more information from you.
- Do not ask to see a copy of the letter, even if they offer to give you a copy. If the recommender provides you with a copy of the letter, the selection committee may suspect that the letter isn't as candid as it might have been otherwise.
- Send the writer a thank-you note after the letter has been mailed. In all likelihood you will ask them to write additional letters for you. Once they've written one letter on your behalf, the second letter is much easier. If you send them a thank-you, it will give them a good impression and make them more willing to spend time writing you additional letters in the future.