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Letters of recommendation for nationally competitive scholarships are vital components of a scholarship candidate’s application and can play a pivotal role in determining the outcome of a competition. To assist you in writing the strongest and most helpful recommendation letters, we have provided you with a guide for writing letters of recommendation and some examples from letters written by Villanova professors in support of students who have successfully advanced in these competitions.

For the Rhodes in particular, Lynne Curry (Rhodes finalist, 1993) has offered her advice for both applicants and recommenders. In addition to these resources, you might also want to read the advice given to letter writers at Harvard: GSAS Guide for Teaching Fellows on Writing Letters of Recommendation.

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In addition to examining the grants listed in our database, please check out the links to more exhaustive lists of funding. Also be sure to read our Finding Funding page as a guide. Most importantly, talk with your professors for continual advisement and support. They will by far be your most insightful and helpful resources throughout the entire resource process. Furthermore, our office own several reference books listing thousands of grants for your reading pleasure...come on in and check them out.

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