Template Emails to Send to Recommendation Letter Writers

Updated 7 January 2014

Instructions: copy and paste the appropriate text below into the email you send to the those who will write a recommendation for you. You will need to add the unique email address that we emailed to you after you filled out the registration form so that your recommenders can submit their letters to your unique folder in the cloud.

 

Template Emails to send to Letter Writers:

  1. Text to Send to the Faculty Member

  2. Text to Send to your Immersion or Service Supervisor

  3. Text to Send to your Peer or Teammate


Text to Send to the Faculty Member Who Will Help Supervise Your Research

Dear [insert Faculty Title and Name]:

You have been asked to write a faculty letter of recommendation for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship on behalf of [insert student name], a Santa Clara University student. This is a competitive fellowship in action research, and your letter is essential for us to be able to evaluate this student as a candidate. Please begin by reviewing the requirements of the fellowship. We will evaluate each applicant individually, but will also consider the overall composition of the team, since we will send them in pairs to international field placements for about 7 weeks. Your frank assessment of this student's suitability for this fellowship is most appreciated.

What to include in your letter of recommendation:

1. Please begin the letter by telling us how long, and in what capacity, have you known the applicant.

2. Please assess the candidate's suitability for living and working in the developing world for a summer placement.

3. Please assess the candidate's academic skills and preparation for undertaking a supervised research project as a senior. Is this student prepared to complete a research project as a senior? Would you be willing to supervise him or her in a senior research project? Why or why not?

How to submit your letter of recommendation:

Letters should be submitted as an attachment to this unique email address: [insert unique email address we sent you]. Please name the document: ApplicantSurname_YourSurname. A letter on electronic letterhead is preferred, but a simple document would also suffice. If you have questions, please contact the Center's Director of Education and Action Research, Keith Warner OFM at kwarner@scu.edu.

 

Text to Send to Your Immersion or Service Supervisor

Dear [insert Immersion or Service Supervisor Name]:

You have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship on behalf of [insert student name], a Santa Clara University student. This is a competitive fellowship that places students to serve social enterprises in the developing world, and your letter is essential for us to be able to evaluate this student as a candidate. Please begin by reviewing the requirements of the fellowship. We will evaluate each applicant individually, but will also consider the overall composition of the team, since we will send them in pairs to international field placements for about 7 weeks. Your honest answers will be greatly appreciated. Your letter of recommendation should help the review committee evaluate the candidate's community service experience, and suitability to live and work in the developing world for a summer. Your frank assessment of this student's suitability for this fellowship is most appreciated.

What to include in your letter of recommendation:

1. Please begin the letter by telling us how long, and in what capacity, have you known the applicant. 

2. Please assess the candidate's suitability for living and working in the developing world for a summer placement.

3. Please describe the candidate's level of maturity, assess how he or she has exercised responsibility, and your experience of working with him or her. How did this person play a constructive role in your program? Please relate a specific experience that you think best illustrates this. Would you want to spend a month traveling in a developing world country with him or her? Why or why not?


How to submit your letter of recommendation:  

Letters should be submitted as an attachment to this unique email address: [insert unique email address we sent you]. Please name the document: ApplicantSurname_YourSurname. A letter on electronic letterhead is preferred, but a simple document would also suffice. If you have questions, please contact the Center's Director of Education and Research, Keith Warner OFM at kwarner@scu.edu.

 

Text to Send to Your Peer or Teammate

Dear [insert Peer or Teammate Name]:

You have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship on behalf of [insert student name], a Santa Clara University student. This is a competitive fellowship that places students to serve social enterprises in the developing world, and your letter is essential for us to be able to evaluate this student as a candidate. Please begin by reviewing the requirements of the fellowship. We will evaluate each applicant individually, but will also consider the overall composition of the team, since we will send them in pairs to international field placements for about 7 weeks. Your honest answers will be greatly appreciated. Your frank assessment of this student's suitability for this fellowship is most appreciated.

What to include in your letter of recommendation: 

1. Please describe your relationship with the applicant, and how you observed this student to interact with his or her peers. 

2. Please describe a couple of specific experiences that you believe best illustrate this person's character, both strengths and weaknesses. 

3. Would you want to spend a month in a developing world country with him or her as the only other person from SCU on your team? Why or why not?


How to submit your letter of recommendation:  

Letters should be submitted as an attachment to this unique email address: [insert unique email address we sent you]. Please name the document: ApplicantSurname_YourSurname. A letter on electronic letterhead is preferred, but a simple document would also suffice. If you have questions, please contact the Center's Director of Education and Research, Keith Warner OFM at kwarner@scu.edu.




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