“How to’s” for obtaining transcripts and recommendations
Transcript requests are made to Mrs. Phillips, Registrar. Please complete a Transcript Request form (available in the Registrar’s Office or download printer-friendly below), along with $5 per transcript, to have MSHS send an official copy of your transcript to the school(s) of your choice. If needed for a walk-in application or scholarship package, you may also request an official transcript and then pick it up to include in your complete application packet. Remember: An opened transcript, if was first sealed, becomes unofficial! Do not open a sealed, official transcript envelope!
Requests for letters of recommendation –
Some colleges/universities and scholarship programs require letters of recommendation. In requesting them, first follow the guidelines of the organization/school. Generally NO FAMILY members can write letters of recommendation.
· Start early! Never expect a recommender to write a letter or complete a form “today.” Also, make sure all recommendations are mailed at least 10 days before the final due date. Don’t flirt with losing out on a scholarship or admissions decision due to slow mail. Most schools/scholarships list “due dates,” not the date to mail items. Be on time! Better yet, be early with your applications.
· Choose a teacher/counselor/employer who is appropriate for the need. If a college/university recommendation is needed, seek out a teacher who knows your level of academic performance and ability and taught in the area you intend to pursue for study. For example: going into a math/science major – ask a math or science teacher; humanities major – English or social studies teacher; service scholarship – Christian Service coordinator or volunteer coordinator who knows your level of commitment and performance.