Advice for students applying for the Presidential Achievement Scholarship!
The deadline for the Presidential Achievement Scholarship is fast approaching– February 25. One major component of the application are two letters of recommendation– one must be from a Bellarmine professor; the other could be written by a Bellarmine coach, work-study supervisor, or other Bellarmine staff member. Many students (especially first-years)are unsure about approaching professors, so they end up waiting until the last minute. Here are some basic guidelines, from Dr. Sutton, for not only getting a recommendation, but getting one that stands out from the rest!
- Give the recommender plenty of time to write the recommendation before the due date of February 25. Take into account that some people may be out-of-town and may have other commitments which will prevent them from writing the recommendation immediately. So, give them a couple of weeks notice.
- Select a professor or staff member who knows you well. If the person you ask doesn’t know you beyond the grade you earned in the class, provide that professor with a statement about yourself in which you highlight your interests, achievements, involvements, etc. Give professors assistance in recommending you. Tell them why you are asking them to write on your behalf; if their course is especially important to you, explain why.
- Ask the professor or staff person personally for a recommendation; don’t rely on email. Your application for the scholarship is worth the time and effort of a five-minute personal exchange. If nothing else, approach the professor after class or during office hours.
- Give the person you’re asking for a recommendation your Bellarmine ID number written down on a piece of paper.
- Do whatever you need to do to make the writing and submission of the letter as easy as possible for your professors
- Don’t forget to thank the person for taking the time to write for you. Most professors devote real time and energy to writing these statements, so thank them for their time and trouble.