Scholarship Mom Tip #98: Help Your Recommendation Letter Writers

Help you recommendation letter writers by providing information about yourself.

Specific information about you will help your recommendation letter writers provide a better letter for the scholarship judges.

When asking trusted people to write letters of recommendation, students should not be afraid to give them specific individual details to tie them to the specific scholarships. It’s one thing to just be a nice young student. It’s quite another to be described with specific details and examples.

If your recommendation letter writers know you as that “nice kid from the neighborhood” or something similar, provide specific information about yourself that ties in with the scholarship you seek.

For example, what would impress in a letter written for a healthcare-field scholarship? You could share details about the student volunteering at their local hospital.

An engineering scholarship could include a letter from the after-school robotics club instructor. Ask them to talk about the student’s high aptitude for designing and building robots.

Scholarship judges want real, specific, and honest reasons why someone would recommend that student for their award. Be personal. Be you.

Scholarship recommendation letter writers often send nice letters with generic wording. A letter that provides specific details, especially details that directly relate to the scholarship itself, will stand out.

First step? Students need to pick their letter writers carefully.  Share information that will make their letter writing accurate and believable.


A scholarship resume can be a valuable tool and time-saver — for you and your scholarship recommendation letter writers.

Think it’s too early to start the scholarship search and application process? You don’t have to be a senior. High school freshman can apply for some scholarships.

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