Provide a faculty member with information about the scholarship that you’re applying for, information about your work and activities to refresh their memories about your achievements, and meet with them to discuss your application. A strong letter of recommendation that addresses your seriousness of purpose and academic and intellectual achievement goes a long way.
No. It is the responsibility of the student to coordinate with your recommender to deliver the recommendation to Sarah Fajardo by the application deadline.
The recommendation letter should address your capabilities and qualifications as they relate to the scholarship for which you are applying.
Please mail or fax recommendations to the attention of Sarah Fajardo at the CUNY BA office, or they can be emailed from a professor’s CUNY email account to: email@example.com.
Yes, please submit a new recommendation each semester that you apply for a scholarship.This ensures that the recommendation is relevant to the scholarship and that it is up to date. All recommendations are read carefully and contribute greatly to the review of your application.
No, please do not ask a CUNY BA staff member (mentors, directors, et al) to write you a recommendation. We would consider this a conflict of interest.
No. Please submit a new letter that is specific to the scholarship for which you are applying. This ensures that the recommendation is relevant to the scholarship and that it is up to date.
The Smith Fellowship recognizes academic and intellectual achievement and goals. The committee is interested in candidates’ seriousness of purpose and depth of experience in their fields; corresponding co-curricular activities, as well as any academic honors and recognitions, should be included. Civic and community engagement may be noted as well.
Be sure to answer each questions fully and to the best of your ability, cite specific examples in your answers to questions, and proof-read your writing several times. Enlist the help of a friend, colleague, professor, or Writing Center representative to assist you with editing. Typos can be avoided. And, rather than type your answers directly into the form, type and proof-read them separately, then cut and paste them onto the form instead.
GPA is not the lone factor in the committee’s decision; however, you should maintain as strong a GPA as possible and include an explanation about any low grades or Incompletes; include your expectation of when the Incomplete(s) will be finished, as well.
A letter of recommendation should be written by someone who knows you and your work well. If you are applying for the Thomas W. Smith Fellowship, your recommendation letter should ideally be written by your CUNY BA faculty mentor. If you are new to the CUNY BA program and do not yet have a mentor, then your recommendation for the Thomas W. Smith Fellowship can be written by another faculty member.