Recommendation Guidelines


  • Please include the first and last name of the applicant in the first paragraph of your letter.
  • Please include your full name, affiliation, and signature at the end of the letter.
  • Please state how you know the applicant, for how long you’ve known the applicant, and in what capacity.
  • Your letter should be as specific as possible, providing relevant examples and other information that will be helpful to demonstrate to the Coolidge Scholars Program why the applicant is a worthy candidate. Please refer to for more information about the Coolidge Scholarship and the selection criteria that will be considered when evaluating applicants.
  • Your letter should be no longer than 1,200 words in length.
  • Co-written letters or letters signed by multiple individuals are not allowed.
  • Your letter may be submitted as either a PDF file or a Microsoft Word file.


To submit your letter of recommendation please follow these steps:

  1. When you receive an automated email from the Coolidge Scholarship, indicating that a student has listed you as a reference, click on the link given in the email.
  2. Complete the subsequent form and upload your letter into the form.
  3. To upload your letter, first save it on your computer as a Microsoft Word or PDF file. Then, click the “+Select a file” button towards the bottom of the form. This will bring up a pop-up window that allows you to select the file to upload from your computer.
  4. Complete the rest of the form and click the “Submit” button.

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