I have an outstanding letter of recommendation from someone who I am no longer in regular contact with and it would be a hardship to contact them in person (to receive a signed letter). This is the kind of letter that I could run for president on.
I did not receive the scholarship that I originally needed it for.
Contacting the original author is no longer a real option. Is it appropriate to use this letter again for a subsequent application for an unrelated scholarship? (Note that the letter specifically mentions the first scholarship, not the one I am not considering using it for.)
I was considering simply attaching a short note to the front stating the reason for this.
However, something is nagging me in the back of my mind that this seems a little unprofessional. Should I pursue a letter from a different author instead?