Information for Recommenders
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can speak to candidates' leadership, public service, and academic achievements. It is important that references know in which category a candidate is applying, as students may only apply in one of the three scholarship categories (environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care). The selection committee looks for sustained participation in environmental or tribal activities, assumption of leadership roles and evidence of initiative, service to the community, and coursework or research that complements activities and career goals. References should:
- Briefly explain to the selection committee in what capacity and context you know the candidate: as a research supervisor, through volunteer or campus activities, professional experience, and for what length of time.
- Provide concrete evidence of the candidate's leadership and service activities. The most effective examples highlight the candidate in action, as an innovator, activist, leader, volunteer, researcher, or teaching assistant, and convey the candidate's passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to environmental or tribal issues.
- Give examples of the candidate's personal characteristics. Showing is stronger than telling.
- Convey the scope of responsibility the candidate has assumed; what impact has his or her actions had?
You may find helpful these Suggestions for Writers of Recommendation Letters.
Format and submission: Please type your letter on institutional letterhead (virtual is fine), including your contact information, and sign it (electronic signature is fine). Then send the pdf via email attachment to Eric Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2023. He will upload your letter to the Udall Scholarship online application system.