Letters of Recommendation (Scholarships)
We are currently building our scholarship application and are considering making some changes in regards to letters of recommendation. Previously, we have asked students to request two letters of recommendation and upload them to their applications. We often receive form letters and have heard from our committees that these aren't useful for the selection process.
For our upcoming scholarship round, we'll be asking for one letter of recommendation and using the third party question tool. We are considering having recommenders fill out a short questionnaire or giving them a specific prompt rather than having them upload a letter.
We would love to hear feedback on this idea and about different approaches to letters of recommendation! Do you ask for letters of recommendation? If so, how many? Do your recommenders receive any kind of prompt/fill out specific questions? If so, what does this look like, and have you received any feedback on this