Recommendation Letters

If you need a letter of recommendation for a scholarship and/or a college application, email or talk with your prospective recommender (counselor, teacher, community leader, etc) at least 10 days before the due date. Share important information/required forms, student resume, and how the letter is to be submitted with your recommender. Your recommender may request additional or other information. 

 

If you are requesting a Letter of Recommendation from your School Counselor, we ask that you share your Student Resume (see below) and Letter of Recommendation/Brag Sheet Questions (see below) with us if you are comfortable. This will help us get to know you better, and write the best letter possible for you.

Letter of Recommendation Questions

Consider the following questions and answer at least four.  Your answers help your school counselor or teacher write a letter of recommendation that best represents who you are.  

What is the biggest challenge that you have overcome?  What do you hope to accomplish while in college? Include your major goals, and how this relates to your career goals.  When did you cry last and why?  What is your favorite possession and why?  What was your last social media post and what does it say about you?   What experience has shaped you the most in your life?   What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time and why?  What does this say about you? In what ways have you contributed to your community? What is on your bucket list?    If you could go back to the third grade and tell yourself something, what would it be?  Write your own question and answer.  

Student Resume

This document encompasses who you are as a student. You may attach your resume  with college applications, scholarships, and job applications. Only include headings that pertain to your experience. Be creative, and make it your own. Use this document as a template. Be sure to erase instructions, examples, and headings that don’t apply to you when you create your personal resume. 

NAME

Email Address, Address, Phone Number

EDUCATION School, school address, Diploma Type, Class of 2021

SCHOOL CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONS

(Include school years participated/leadership positions held) 

FFA Club:  9, 10, 11 - Secretary, 12 -  President

HONORS AND AWARDS

Science Fair, 10, 1st place; National Honor Society 11, 12

ATHLETICS

(Include years participated and leadership positions held.) 

Baseball 9, 10, 11, 12 – Captain

VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

(Include years participated and leadership positions held)  

Boy Scouts - 6 years, Rank:  Eagle

WORK EXPERIENCE 

List employer and dates of employment SKILLS  List any computer skills, people skills, credentials, etc.

Brag Sheets
Recommendation letters can help you stand out against other applicants, whether it be for a college or a job application.

Recommenders should be someone you know well, or a teacher who has had you in class who can vouch for your work ethic, and can benefit you by writing a personal letter. To help write this letter, you should consider giving your teacher a Brag Sheet.  Brag sheets act as summaries for recommenders so they have more information to pull from to write about you. Each student's brag sheet will be unique to them, but there are a few things that are helpful for everyone to include:

Your name and contact information
Your school information (name, expected graduation date)
Your GPA
Your standardized test scores (SAT, PSAT, ACT, etc)
Activities you have participated in and when (Academic clubs, sports teams, extracurricular clubs, out of school clubs, leadership roles you have held)
Work experience and when
Any awards you have won (academic, athletic, etc)
Your goals for the future as it relates to your college applications
Additional notes or insights that may help them understand more about you. 

Click Here to download a template Brag Sheet, although you are more than welcome to make your own!

 


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