FAQs

Do my references have to submit their letters online? How will they know that I’ve requested a letter from them?

All references must upload their letters directly to our online application system. After selecting your references, let them know that you would like them to write recommendation letters for your scholarship application. Once each reference has agreed to write a letter, you’ll need to enter their name and e-mail address in the online application system. They’ll receive an e-mail asking them to write a recommendation letter with instructions for uploading the letter to our system. You may send them a reminder e-mail using the system as well.

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What if I’m afraid one of my references won’t write her letter of recommendation before JRF’s deadline?

Your references must upload their letters by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 18, 2016. You won’t be able to submit your application until both references have uploaded letters. Your online application dashboard will show you the status of your recommendation letters, so you’ll know when your references complete the letters. If you’re worried that a reference won’t upload the letter prior to our deadline, you may send them a reminder e-mail or withdraw the request and submit the name and e-mail address of another reference.

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Can I submit letters of recommendation from more than two references?

 

No. The online application system will only allow you to enter the names of two references. They will be required to upload their recommendations directly to the system.

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What if I don’t know of anyone to write a professional or academic reference for me?

 

You may ask someone familiar with your personal situation and/or academic goals, such as an employer, a co-worker, a counselor, or a volunteer supervisor. Choose references who you are confident know you well enough to write a positive, personalized recommendation. You may NOT submit a recommendation from a family member.

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