Recommendation Letter for Scholarship

Recommendation Letters are very important in a scholarship application as it a true testimony of your achievements and performance in the previous years. Learn how to write and easily bag a scholarship with a recommendation letter.

Updated by Shreya Raj on 7th August 2020

Scholarship recommendation letters are part of most of the application letters. Your letter must include your impressive qualities like your compassion, energy, or leadership skills. It should show the student's ability and strengths.  By writing a strong recommendation letter you can impress the admission committee and tell them why you deserve this scholarship. A recommendation letter may discuss a student's ability to succeed despite limited resources.

Usually, students ask a teacher, counselor, or another person in their school for a recommendation letter. Read this article to know more about the recommendation letter for a college scholarship.

What should be included in the letter

Try to write a strong genuine and meaningful letter of support. Think about the student’s outstanding strengths, along with significant experiences that have shaped her or obstacles she overcomes. Make sure to follow all the requirements, including the correct format, and where and when to send it. Remember the only goal behind this letter is to make your student stand out as a deserving candidate that the college would want to invest in. And try to make students look professional and punctual. Some key points of the letter for an effective recommendation letter are:-

  • Recommender’s relationship with the student, and how long they’ve known each other

  • Student’s academic achievements and how they used to take part in the classroom and other activities

  • Student’s personal qualities and characters including work ethic and character, especially as it relates to the specific scholarship 

  • Specific examples of the student’s achievements, or any academic scholarship or anything which relates to the specific scholarship

  • The contact information of the author is included for follow-up.

By choosing the right person to ask for a recommendation, and providing them with important information about your academic and extracurricular achievements, you can increase your chances of receiving a letter that makes the right impression on a scholarship committee.

You may also read: How to ask for a letter of recommendation?

 Tips to write a recommendation letter for college scholarship

To win the scholarship you have to present the exceptional letter of recommendation to the community which they won’t forget soon. Here are a few tips to write a winning letter of recommendation for the scholarship:-

  • A list of qualities and accomplishments that you want to highlight can be included in the recommendation letter. And for this, you can request the recommender to rate your abilities for the given skills, in a very polite way.

  • Find someone who can proofread your recommendation letter. A self proof-reading might not bring out all the bugs in the letter.

  • Show your confidence and trust in a student's successful future.

  • If you find errors in spellings, grammar, brand names, or more you can politely request the recommender to make a quick change.

  • Use words that are powerful and impactful, while avoiding generic language and cliches.

The typical format of recommendation letter

Usually, all recommendation letters follow similar templates. Here’s everything you should include in the recommendation letter of scholarship:-

  • A salutation

  • An introduction that explains your relationship to the student

  • The body of the letter where you explain the reasons for why you believe the student deserves the scholarship

  • A summary where you reiterate your main points

  • Your contact information and signature

A good Sample of recommendation letter for college scholarship

A sample recommendation letter for Student Scholarship is given below

[University letterhead]

[sender’s name]

[sender’s departmental address—if not printed on letterhead]

[sender’s departmental phone number, if available]

[sender’s departmental fax number—if not printed on letterhead]

[sender’s institutional email address]

[today’s date]

[recipient’s name]

[recipient’s institutional address]

Dear [recipient’s name]: or To Whom it May Concern:

It is my pleasure to recommend “XYZ” for admission to [name of program] at [name of university]. I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. I came to know “XYZ” when I was her Graduate Student Instructor for Philosophy 111: Ethical Relativism, taught by Professor "ABC”. The course comprised [short description of course]. Jane distinguished herself by submitting an exceptionally well researched and interesting project on ethical practices in ancient Greece. I would rank her in the top 2% of the minority students of the programs that I have taught in the past five years in respect of her writing ability and research skills.

Overall, “XYZ” is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. Her project on ethical practices in ancient Greece demonstrated her ability to come to a detailed understanding of the ethical practices of another, very different, culture, and to analyze the consequences of those practices for contemporary ethical theories. She gave a particularly interesting discussion of the difficult practice of infanticide and showed both sensitivity and detachment when discussing its ethical consequences.

Her overall intelligence is also reflected in her grades for the course, which was by far the best in the class. Jane has excellent communication skills. Her written work is both clear and concise, as well as interesting to read. She demonstrated her oral articulateness in the discussion sections that were an integral part of the course.

At a personal level, “XYZ” is a well-disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality. She went well beyond the course requirements in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a lot of extra research and attending office hours every week. Throughout the course, Jane demonstrated great perseverance and initiative. Not only was she interested in and motivated to learn the material, but she also put great work into assimilating it to her own experience and developing her own ideas about each ethical topic that we discussed. “XYZ” has been an example of hard work.

“XYZ” is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for graduate study in Ethics. “XYZ’s” work in Philosophy 111 suggests that she would greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual development provided by a sustained period of graduate study. She has proven herself to have the perseverance, initiative, and intellectual creativity necessary to complete an advanced graduate degree. I would therefore highly recommend “XYZ”.

If her academic performance is a good indication of how she would perform as a graduate student, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program.

If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

[sender’s signature]

[sender’s name and title]

Note: Save the template on your PC in a PDF format.

You may also read: How to thank a teacher who wrote a recommendation letter?

Ensuring Success

You should highlight the student’s strengths and their potential to succeed at the university they plan to attend. You should talk about the student’s academic performance and achievements and how he manages schoolwork and challenging material. You should be able to showcase why the student is likely to succeed in a higher academic institution.

Doing this shows the scholarship committee that you believe in the student and their abilities and help the student to win this position.

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