LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION-
Seniors, you will be needing letters of recommendation for some of your college applications and scholarships. It’s perfectly fine to have a couple “generic” letters on hand at all times. If you are going to be asking your counselor, teachers, and/or administrators to write one for you, you need to follow a couple of quidelines:
Give them plenty of time to complete the letter that you’ve asked them to write for you.This means about a week, not 2 hours!!!Haha
Give them a resume’ that they can easily look at while “bragging” on all your accomplishments.
If your recommendation letter needs to address a certain subject, be sure they know that ahead of time.
If your recommendation letter needs to be in a sealed envelope, provide the envelope for them.
If your recommendation letter needs to be mailed directly, provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope for them.
Be sure to ask teachers that can adequately describe and recommend you.
I cannot stress this enough. You NEED TO BE ENTERING some of these essay competitions. This is usually CASH money that can be used for books, room/board, meals, etc. Write an essay and keep it on hand for essay competitions. Have your English teacher or counselor proof-read it for you. You can probably “tweek” just a few words on ones you have saved to use for other ones needed. Many times the number of students that actually enter these competitions is very low, so you have a good chance of winning.
Students, you SHOULD enter every essay contest that comes your way. You would be surprised at how many students don’t enter at all. Even if it’s just $100 or $500, that is usually CASH money given to you for college, and you can use it for anything (gas, food, books, etc.) You need to get a “generic” essay written that you can modify as needed. Many of the contests will have a title such as, “Your Hopes and Dreams for the Future.” Get a good one written, let your English teacher proof-read it for you, and use it several times if you can. If you win several contests, it could add up to quite a bit of money. If you are a pretty good writer, this is an easy way to win money for college. Don’t assume that you won’t win. I know a student that won $500 because he was the only one that entered!!!!
Letters of Recommendation-
Students, many of your college applications will ask for a letter of recommendation. Let me give you a few tips on this:
Every senior should have an updated resume’ on hand to send in with applications. There are several examples on the web if you need help. Here are some additional tips:
This is just a generic example. Don’t use relatives as references, even if you have worked for them.
Keep track of your community service beginning with grade 9. Community service is anything that you volunteer to do that benefits your community, church, or school. It’s anything that you don’t get paid (directly) to do. This is HUGE on scholarships.
39665 W. 45TH Street
Shawnee, OK 74883
Dale High School-Honor Graduate-GPA 3.9
Baseball-4 years-lettered-varsity Academic Team-4 years
Band-3 years FFA-4 years
FCCLA-2 years Student Council-3 years
FCA-4 years Spanish Club-President
SADD-4 years Yearbook-Editor
Science Fair-3rd place Outstanding English Student
MVP-Harrah Tournament-Baseball Supt. Honor Roll
Student of the Month
Salvation Army Angel Tree-30 hours American Cancer Society-25 hours
Youth Camp-First Baptist Church-100 hours Baseball Booster Club-20 hours
Bill Cunningham-Sonic Drive-In, Manager
Leslie Hall-Target, Asst. Manager
Carren Cantrell, Counselor-Dale School
You DO NOT need to pay for scholarship searches!! Fastweb is free. My help is free. There are tons of scholarship websites that are free. Some organizations want to charge thousands of dollars to do the searches for you or charge you a portion of the scholarship amount.
That scholarship packet that I provided you earlier is a excellent source of scholarship materials. Plus, I am updating you each week with new ones that come in to my office.
If you have not registered on fastweb, you need to do that soon. www.fastweb.com
Also beware of scams with FAFSA. This is what you’ll fill out in January to see if you qualify for any financial aid. www.fafsa.ed.gov
There is another FAFSA form that looks identical to the real one, but when you get to the end, they ask for your credit card number and charge you. FAFSA is free. Don’t mistakenly go to fafsa.com.