Letters of Recommendation

Click HERE to download a Letter of Recommendation Request Form to complete and provide your recommender at least two weeks prior to any deadlines.


Many scholarships and college applications require letters of recommendation from teachers and/or members of the community.


General Guidelines:

  • Read the application instructions carefully.
  • Give the writer a stamped properly addressed envelope.
  • Give the writer any forms that need to be send with the letter.
  • Indicate deadline.
  • Request a letter well in advance of the deadline. The writer should have a minimum of 2 weeks to write the letter. 
  • Check back to see that the letter has been mailed.
  • Recommend the writer save a copy.



Selecting Writers:

  • Select people who know you well and show interest in you, i.e., teacher, activity advisor, job supervisor, youth minister, volunteer coordinator, etc.
  • Select people who are familiar with your potential and your achievements.
  • Select teachers whom you have had as instructors in an academic subject.
  • Ask teachers with whom you have had more than one class (when possible).
  • Select people who could best explain your extra efforts in school or on the job.
  • Ask the person how they feel about writing a good recommendation for you.


Write a Thank you note shortly after the letter has been completed!