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For Those Writing Recommendations

You have been asked by a Santa Clara University student to write one of three required letters of recommendation for the Global Social Benefit Fellowship. This is a very competitive fellowship, and your letters are essential for us to be able to evaluate this student as a candidate. Please begin by reviewing the requirements of the fellowship. Your honest answers will be greatly appreciated.

Each applicant will need three letters of recommendation: one from a SCU instructor, one from someone who provided adult supervision in an immersion or community service context, and one from a peer or teammate.

Together, these letters of recommendation should help the review committee evaluate the candidate's academic strength, community service experience, and suitability to live and work in an underserved community in a different culture. We will evaluate each applicant individually, but will also consider the overall composition of the team, since we will send them in pairs to international field placements for about a month.

What to Include in Letters of Recommendation

  1. Please begin the letter by telling us how long, and in what capacity, have you known the applicant.

  2. Instructor at SCU: Please assess the candidate's suitability for living and working in the developing world for a summer placement. Please assess the candidate's academic skills and preparation for undertaking a supervised research project as a senior. Did the candidate meet with you to discuss the possibility of you supervising his or her senior year research? Would you be willing to supervise him or her in a senior research project? Why or why not?

  3. Immersion or Service Supervisor: Please assess the candidate's suitability for living and working in the developing world for a summer placement. Please describe the candidate's level of maturity, assess how he or she has exercised responsibility, and your experience of working with him or her. How did this person play a constructive role in your program? Please relate a specific experience that you think best illustrates this. Would you want to spend a month traveling in a developing world country with him or her? Why or why not?

  4. Peer or Teammate: Please describe your relationship with the applicant, and how you observed this student to interact with his or her peers. Please describe a couple of specific experiences that you believe best illustrate this person's character, both strengths and weaknesses. Please describe a couple of specific experiences that you believe best illustrate this person's character, both strengths and weaknesses. Would you want to spend a month in a developing world country with him or her as the only other person from SCU on your team? Why or why not?

Letters should be uploaded to a confidential online folder that the student applicant will email to you. Please name it ApplicantSurname_YourSurname. The deadline is Wednesday, 23 Janaury, 2013 at 5 pm. A letter on electronic letterhead is preferred, but a simple document will also suffice. Your frank assessment of this student's suitability for this fellowship is most appreciated. If you have questions, please contact our director of education, Keith Warner, O.F.M. at kwarner@scu.edu.



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