While we aren’t necessarily in the business of determining which pieces are most important for a successful scholarship or fellowship application (because, of course, they all are), letters of recommendation are, without exception, an absolutely critical component of nationally competitive award applications. They provide for the campus and national review committees a better sense of the whole picture being presented in the student’s application.
The ONSF exists to support efforts in helping your students succeed in their academic efforts and take their hard work to the next level by assisting them in identifying opportunities and successfully navigating the scholarship application process. We are dependent on collaboration across campus and welcome the opportunity to serve your students interested and capable of competing for some of the nation’s most prestigious opportunities.
Recommendation letters for national scholarships and fellowships are significantly different from those that may be submitted for campus opportunity, for a professional experience, and even for graduate school. They are typically longer (up to two pages) and provide a detailed account of the student as seen by that particular faculty member or other professional individual.