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Resources for Fellowship Advisors

We appreciate your efforts to inform and guide your campus community about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Please complete the Campus Contact form to be listed on the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website as the fellowship advisor for your campus.

Letter of Reference Overview

Each applicant to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program must obtain two reference letters. The recommendations are due by 1pm Pacific Time on September 27, 2017. This deadline applies no matter which graduate degree the applicant is pursuing. Recommenders may submit reference letters even after the applicant submits her/his Knight-Hennessy Scholars application.

The first reference letter will come from an individual who knows the candidate well and who can cite specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of her/his ability and determination to make a difference.

For the second letter, each campus determines how your students will obtain the reference for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars online application. The reference types available are:

  1. a second letter of reference: a recommendation from someone who knows the candidate well.
  2. an institutional assessment: a brief letter (no more than 250 words).
  3. an institutional endorsement: a letter with no word limit, provided only after a centralized review process of candidates from your campus.

Online Resources

Whether you are coordinating a centralized endorsement process or not, we are committed to assisting you in supporting your students.

  • Watch a recording of dean of Knight-Hennessy Scholar admission Derrick Bolton's program overview for fellowship advisors.
  • Review a PDF sample of the complete Knight-Hennessy Scholars online application.
  • Visit the Advice for Recommenders page for general guidance on submitting a letter of reference, including tips on formatting and technical requirements.
  • Request an Applicant Report, and receive up to four reports that include all Knight-Hennessy Scholars applicants who attend or graduated from your institution.

Letter of Reference Details

The type of letter of reference you and your colleagues will complete depends on the process you set for your institution.




  General Letter of Reference Institutional Assessment Institutional Endorsement
Institutional Prompts None

Is the candidate on-track to graduate before September 1, 2018?

Has the candidate been suspended, dismissed, placed on enforced leave, or been the subject of disciplinary action?

Did your college coordinate an endorsement process for applicants from your institution? (No)

Is the candidate on-track to graduate before September 1, 2018?

Has the candidate been suspended, dismissed, placed on enforced leave, or been the subject of disciplinary action?

Did your college coordinate an endorsement process for applicants from your institution? (Yes)

Please let us know how many candidates your campus reviewed, and how many are you recommending — for example, 18 applicants of whom 4 received endorsements.

Character Assessment Grid Yes No Yes
Free-response Questions Please explain how you know and interact with the candidate.

Tell us about a time the candidate did something that benefited others.

Tell us about a time the candidate did something that surprised you.

Is there anything else (positive or constructive) that we should know about the candidate?

Highlight aspects of the candidate’s experience and potential that help us to place the candidate into context on your campus. We’re especially interested to learn of aspects that you believe we might overlook or misinterpret without your explanation. We have extensive information on the candidate but are grateful for your willingness to tell us the things we cannot know from the candidate’s application and letters of reference. Most important, why did you decide to endorse her/him?
Word Limit None 250-word suggested limit None
Sample Forms Letter of Reference  Institutional Assessment Institutional Endorsement

 

If you are providing an Institutional Assessment or Endorsement, note that the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program asks about disclosing a student’s degree progress and disciplinary status. An institution can disclose student records without consent to another educational institution “where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.” 34 C.F.R. § 99.31(a)(2). Your institution is supposed to give notice that it intends to respond to requests from other institutions for this information; this could be by making a reasonable attempt to notify the student. Please contact your institution's general counsel if you have questions about this.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you need assistance.

 

Last updated August 23, 2017

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