Most scholarships and some colleges require at least one letter of recommendation. This is a letter of support that someone writes on your behalf that is submitted to scholarship or college admission committees. Some tips to remember:
- When choosing someone to write your letter of recommendation, you might consider a teacher/administrator who knows you well, coach or activity advisor, an employer with whom you have a positive relationship, or a member of the community with whom you have worked on service activities.
- Be sure to give the letter-writer at least three weeks notice–the earlier, the better. Many West Liberty local scholarships are due at the end of March, and teachers are often inundated with letter requests a week before the deadline. Giving your letter writers plenty of notice will benefit both them and you.
- Giving the letter writer the Letter of Recommendation Request Form allows them to include information in their letter that fully represents your academic and personal qualities.
- After they write or send off your letter of recommendation, always write the person who composed your letter of recommendation a thank-you note.