Scholarship committees may ask applicants for one or more ‘references’, also known as a ‘List of References’. A reference is an individual in your life (teacher, coach, mentor, employer, etc.) who can vouch for your character, skills, and goals. A reference does not use a confidential evaluation form. Instead, students provide the names and contact information for one or more individuals (depending on the scholarship) and the scholarship committee contacts your references while reviewing your application.
If you are applying to multiple scholarships that require references, make a separate list of references for each scholarship. Scholarship committees should not know which other scholarships you are applying for.
Instructions for Making a List of References:
- Read the scholarship criteria carefully and note:
- The number of references required
- The contact information required (phone, email, etc.)
- Whether the scholarship requires specific people to be your reference (church member, employer, coach, music teacher, etc.)
- Create a document and use MLA formatting.
- Individually list each reference, their title and/or relation to you, and the required contact information. For example:
- Ms. Allison Smith
- Employer: Smith Coffee, Co.
- Phone: 541-555-9899 (Personal cell)
- Email: email@example.com (business)
- Save your document with your name, the scholarship name, and the document type. For example, student Jane Doe supplying a list of references for the Coffee Workers United Scholarship would save the document as “JaneDoe CoffeeWorkers References.doc.”
- Upload your list of references to the appropriate scholarship folder in your E-Scholarship Google Drive Folder.
- A reference should be someone who knows you well and who will be your cheerleader.
- Always ask someone to be your reference before listing them as a reference.
- Always ask which email and/or phone number they would prefer you use.
- Email your reference a link to the scholarship(s) for which they are listed as a reference so that they are informed and prepared when contacted by the scholarship committee.
- Ask if there is any other information your reference would like you to provide about your classes, activities, etc.
- If you decide not to apply for a scholarship, let your reference know.
- Always send a thank you note to your reference regardless of whether you receive the scholarship.