Many undergraduate business programs ask applicants to supply a recommendation letter from an employer or someone who knows how the applicant works. Of course, not everyone has professional work experience. If you have never worked a 9 to 5, you can get a recommendation from a community leader or non-profit administrator. Though traditionally unpaid, volunteer experience is still work experience.
This sample letter demonstrates what a recommendation from a non-profit administrator might look like. The letter writer emphasizes the student's leadership and organizational skills, work ethic, and moral fiber. Although the letter doesn't touch on academics, it does tell the admissions committee who this student is as a person. Demonstrating personality can sometimes be just as important as showing good grades on a transcript.
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Sample Letter of Recommendation for Undergraduate Student
To Whom It May Concern:
As the Director of the Bay Area Community Center, I work closely with many of the community volunteers. I consider Michael Thomas to be one of the most studious and responsible members of our organization. After three years time, I have come to know him well and would like to recommend him as a candidate for your undergraduate business program.
Michael is a dedicated member of the Bay Area community and has donated countless hours of his time to the Center. He has not only worked with members of the community, he has also helped to implement plans and programs that will enrich the lives of those around him.
Michael's leadership and organizational skills have been invaluable to these programs, most of which have been started from the ground up. For example, the children of the Bay Area are now able to benefit from a multitude of new after-school and tutoring programs, while the elderly members of our community can now apply for grocery deliveries that did not exist previously.
In my opinion, Michael's unwavering devotion to his community exemplifies strong moral fiber and character. He is a trustworthy individual and would be an excellent candidate for your business school.
Director, Bay Area Community Center
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