The Paul and Wilma Dressel Endowed Scholarships are intended for students with an interest in Mathematics and a demonstrated financial need. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, professional goals, and financial need. These scholarships were awarded for the first time in 2004.
While there is no preferred format, a letter of recommendation should address the two aspects ("academic achievement" and "professional goals") mentioned above. In particular, it will be helpful if the letter addresses the ability of the student in mathematics, indicating both strengths and weaknesses, and the potential for growth.
Further information on the application process can be found at http://www.mth.msu.edu/CurrentStudents/Scholarships/Default.aspx.