The apprentices and students applying for scholarships from the PHCC Educational Foundation must collect letters of recommendation to complete their application. The application form allows applicants to upload a letter of recommendation they already have OR send a request message to a person they would like to write a letter for them.
Read below if you have received a request from an applicant to submit a letter of recommendation.
Note – If you are unwilling to provide a letter of recommendation, please contact the applicant directly so that he/she may select another reference. Your letter will be considered confidential and will be read only by the Review Committee.
Need a template to get started?
Download some example letters from here and add details about your applicant.
To Submit Your Letter of Recommendation
We are using a platform called Kaleidoscope to collect the applicant’s information. Submit your letter through the platform and it will automatically be added to the applicant’s submission materials.
If you have not used the platform before, you should have received a separate e-mail with a “Magic Link” to get you set up and able to access the system to submit your L.O.R. If not, please visit apply.mykaleidoscope.com/login and type in your email address and use the ‘forgot password’ to create a password for your account.
Step 1: Create a Kaleidoscope account using the link e-mailed to you by the platform.
Step 2: Once you are logged in, the recommendation request will be waiting for you. Click the “View” button.
Step 3: Upload your letter of recommendation. You’re done, thanks for helping our applicants!
Who Can Provide a Letter of Recommendation (L.O.R.)?
– PHCC Members: Your company must be a contractor business member of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association. Please write the L.O.R. on company letterhead and be sure to sign it. The letter of recommendation cannot be from the scholarship applicant’s parent or guardian. For apprentice applicants, ideally the L.O.R. would be from the applicant’s direct supervisor or the business owner. Members of the PHCC Association Executives Council are also eligible to provide a L.O.R. for an applicant.
– Academic Advisor/Counselor/Instructor: To provide an academic L.O.R., you must be the applicant’s teacher, instructor, principal, guidance counselor, academic advisor, etc. In the case of an apprentice or tech taking online training through the PHCC Academy, the person providing the applicant with their hands-on training can provide this L.O.R.
If you require assistance, or have questions about qualifications, application details, or the scholarship program? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.