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Example reference letter

[Insert Date]

To whom it may concern,


I am writing this letter to express my support for [insert applicant's name] in [his/her/their] application for a Foundation Scholarship with the Federation University Australia Foundation.

SUPPORTING STATEMENTS (use the following prompts as a guide to write your reference letter):

  • How do you know the scholarship applicant and for how long have you known them?
  • What is the nature of your relationship/under what circumstances have you become familiar with the applicant’s capabilities?
  • Include a positive description about the applicant’s performance at work/school/etc; personality traits including leadership skills, strengths, work ethic; academic abilities; education and/or career goals as appropriate to the relevant scholarship
  • Discuss the applicant’s potential for future success
  • Describe any obstacles or hardships the applicant has faced or overcome including any special personal or family circumstances that have caused financial or other difficulty

Kind regards,

[Insert Your Full Name]

[Position, if applicable]

[Company, if applicable]

[Contact details]

This letter should be on letterhead if applicable.

References should be submitted with the student’s application to the Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Office.