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Didn't receive scholarship, notify references

  1. Apr 14, 2010 #1
    I have a yes or no question for you guys. I was recently notified that I did not receive a scholarship. Is it proper form to let my reference writers know that I did not receive the award? I did send thank you emails back in January when the application was submitted. I suppose I'm hesitant right now because I'm not sure if my references would think that I'm blaming them for not receiving the scholarship if I notify them that I didn't receive it. I might just be thinking about this to much...
    Your thoughts?
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2010 #2

    Vanadium 50

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    If you thanked them, I wouldn't send them anything further.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2010 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    There's nothing wrong with letting them know the outcome and thanking them for their support. After all, you may want them to write another letter, yes?
     
  5. Apr 14, 2010 #4

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    In the opposite stuation - that is, after receving a scholarship - informing them you won would be nice (but not necessary). But in your current situation you already did what was necessary and polite. I would not send anything more (unless someone specifically asked to be informed).

    Edit: so, we have two different points of view already presented :wink:
     
  6. Apr 14, 2010 #5
    Put me down in the "Thank them immediately, then thank them again if you get it" camp.

    It sounds a little negative otherwise to my ears.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2010 #6

    lisab

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    I think your instincts are right, it may make them feel somewhat at fault. You don't need to tell them.
     
  8. Apr 14, 2010 #7

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    I'm gonna put in another vote for no. I don't see how it could possibly help
     
  9. Apr 15, 2010 #8
    hmm, curious, I thought the vote would be closer to 50-50. As far as how it could help, I was thinking that the professor might just like to know since he did contribute to the application. Also, I was thinking if I ever go back to him for a reference, it would be good to have some contact with him between references. But once again, I think it might just be awkward and counterproductive. But thanks everyone for you help!

    TheLoser: I have absolutely no idea what you're trying to tell me.
     
  10. Apr 15, 2010 #9
    I agree with the people that said just leave it. If you had gotten the scholarship, it is usually polite to let them know & thank them again. If for whatever reason you do decide to tell them, you'd probably want to be extremely political about it & make sure you choose your words correctly.
     
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