About the Flinn Scholarship recommendation
For Academic/Teacher Recommendation
Only a high-school teacher who has given a letter grade should complete the Academic Recommendation for Flinn Scholarship applicants. Teachers should accept a request to provide a recommendation for the student only if they know the student well enough to respond to the following questions:
- Provide an example of this student’s intellectual curiosity, growth, and maturity. (200 words max)
- Provide an example of this student’s integrity and interpersonal skills. (200 words max)
- Every student adds to the classroom learning environment in some way. Knowing that all Flinn Scholarship applicants are excellent students who are at, or near, the top of their class, how does this candidate enhance your classroom learning environment? What is different in your classroom when this candidate is, or isn’t, there? (200 words max)
For Leadership/Service Recommenders
A teacher, counselor, coach, employer, or community member may complete the Leadership/Service recommendation for Flinn Scholarship applicants. A recommendation from a relative or family member is not allowed. An individual should accept a request to provide a recommendation for the student only if they know the student well enough to respond to the following questions:
- Provide an example of this student’s ability to influence, empower, and inspire others. (200 words max)
- Provide an example of this student’s commitment to service and concern for others. (200 words max)
- Provide an example of this student’s earned respect of peers, community members, and/or leaders. (200 words max)
Counselors will complete a fairly typical report about the student and the school. You will be asked to upload a student’s unofficial transcript and a school profile. If your school does not have a profile, here is an example from the College Board: https://counselors.collegeboard.org/counseling/advising/school-profiles/sample.
Other information that will be provided on the counselor report includes:
- Percent of last year’s graduates enrolled in a 4-year college
- Senior-class size and total student enrollment at your school
- Total number of students on your caseload
- Number of advanced courses offered (honors; dual enrollment; AP; IB; Cambridge AS or A level)
- Community service requirements and minimum hours, if applicable
- Student’s unweighted GPA, weighted GPA, and class rank, as applicable
- For homeschool students: We ask the parent in charge of the student’s education to explain why homeschool was the best school option for this student.
Check out the recorded online information session to learn more about this year’s application.
The deadline for the recommendations and counselor report is Friday, October 27.
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Planning for Impact
We encourage recommenders to sit down with the student to discuss the application, review a copy of the student’s work, and talk about additional information that could be shared. This teamwork produces a more cohesive and effective application package.
Below are tips for writing recommendations. Need to know more after you read what’s below? Browse a selection of FAQs for teachers and counselors. The deadline for the recommendations is Oct. 27.