How to Write a Strong Letter of Recommendation for College

If you’re a college counselor, coach, teacher, or mentor looking to support your college-bound students, chances are you’ve been asked to write a strong letter of recommendation. With so much competition these days, it can take a lot to help your student stand out. Here’s how to write a college letter of recommendation that will blow the admission committee’s socks off.

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24 Templates for Writing a Letter of Recommendation for a Scholarship

Watching your high school students get ready to graduate can be an emotional time of year for any teacher, advisor, or family friend. That’s especially true if you’re taking an active role in helping them apply for colleges or scholarships. Getting asked to write letters of recommendation can be equal parts flattering and daunting. Crafting a convincing scholarship application letter requires a unique set of skills as well as insight into a student’s personal character and academic performance. But if you write them well, letters of recommendation can set your student apart from the crowd. To help make your job easier, we compiled this list of 24 templates to help you write reference letters for need-based awards, merit scholarships, and everything in between.

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Counselor Starter Guide: How to Use Going Merry’s Scholarship Platform

You’re a counselor and have signed up to use Going Merry to help your students navigate how to pay for college, by applying for government financial aid and private “outside” scholarships. But where do you start? In this guide, we’ll go step by step, showing you screenshots of where you can find everything you need. Let’s dive in!

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Why high school counselors say they love using Going Merry

In 2019,  NACAC (the National Association of College Admission Counseling) invited us to deliver an online demo of our scholarship platform. So Going Merry co-founder and CEO Charlie Maynard led high school counselors through how the scholarship platform works and how it benefits counselors: “It’s one place where students can come and get matched with hundreds of scholarships, based on their profile eligibility,” Charlie said.

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