Letter of Reference Guidelines

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You have been asked to write a letter of reference on behalf of a student applying for a scholarship or award at York University. The applicant has been asked to submit letters of reference written by individuals in support of his/her academic achievement and volunteer/community service and/or extracurricular activities (e.g., teacher, volunteer supervisor). In order to provide a reference you cannot be related to the applicant.

To assist you in the writing this letter of reference , please refer to the instructions and information below.

Academic reference letters:

If you are providing an academic reference, please state the length of time and the capacity in which you know the applicant. Your letter of reference should also concentrate on the potential the applicant has to excel in postsecondary studies (for entrance awards) or speak to how the student is currently excelling in postsecondary studies (for in-course awards).

Volunteer/community service/extracurricular activities reference letters:

If you are providing a volunteer/community service and/or extracurricular activities reference letter, please state the length of time and the capacity in which you know the applicant. Describe his/her role, activities and accomplishments and how his/her service has impacted the organization or community. In addition, please indicate how the applicant demonstrated exceptional leadership, extraordinary effort and ability to overcome adversity.

The letter should be given directly to the applicant so that it may be included with his/her application. Please ensure that the letter is typewritten on letterhead, signed and includes your contact information. The student would appreciate your prompt response as the deadline dates are firm.

Thank you very much for taking the time to support this candidate and contributing to a fair selection process.


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