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Sample Letters of Recommendation for Scholarship


A letter of recommendation for a scholarship should be a short and concise business letter. When writing the letter, the referrer should name one or two qualities displayed by the applicant and then give specific examples of those qualities. Although many people ask a teacher or school administrator to write these types of letters, in this instance, a friend may be able to write a more compelling letter. Some scholarships are based on financial need. A friend would be in a better position to demonstrate the applicant’s financial need. When discussing the applicant’s financial deprivation, the writer should focus on the lost opportunities the applicant has faced due to not having money available.

Sample Letter of Recommendation for a Scholarship

678 ABC Lane
Woodsboro, VA 00000

November 30, 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to highly recommend Susan Smith for the Liberty Scholarship. As Susan’s neighbor, I have had the pleasure of watching Susan mature into a lovely and intelligent young woman. If given the advantage of receiving the Liberty Scholarship, Susan would take that opportunity and really contribute to society.

Susan has had a difficult time after the death of her father. Her mother supported Susan and her brother on a single income and money was short. However, Susan made the best of her situation and became a little entrepreneur to help her mother pay the bills. Susan always had a bake sale or was babysitting the children in the neighborhood.

If Susan was given the Liberty Scholarship, she would be the first person in her family to go to college. She plans to major in business to continue with her capitalist spirit. Without this scholarship, Susan may not be able to attend XYZ University. Susan would be forced to either delay college or not attend at all. I cannot stress the importance of this scholarship enough, nor can I think of a more deserving candidate.

Very respectfully,
Jane Doe

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