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June 19, 2024

Letters of Reference

Who To Ask

When deciding who to ask to write a letter of reference, be sure to ask someone who is familiar with your abilities and skills, holds you in high regard, and can include personal anecdotes in the reference letter.

Since no one person knows everything about you, choose several references who know different aspects about you:

  • one reference could write about your academic strengths
  • another reference could focus on your extra-curricular and/or community involvement
  • a third reference could testify to your character

The letters combined would create a more complete picture of who you are as a person.

How To Ask

  • Contact the the individual in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Explain why you need the letter and how it will impact your academic career or personal situation.
  • Indicate that you will provide the individual with a copy of the scholarship application materials, as well as background information such as academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, a list of awards, biographical information etc..
  • Provide the individual with a deadline, but ensure that you allow ample time for the person to write the reference letter.
  • Provide the individual with your telephone number(s) and/or email address.
  • If the reference letter is to be sealed and/or mailed directly, indicate that you will provide a pre-addressed envelope and stamp.


** It is very important, as a common courtesy, to thank the person for writing a letter on your behalf and to let your references know whether or not you have received the scholarship.