I have a question about the etiquette of meeting higher-ups, asking recommendations from them, and how to offer a means of meeting and compensation for their time without it seeming like a bribe. This has to do with my current situation, but I know that there will be others within my work environment. I'd really like to hear from people inside and outside of academia, and therefore keep this within General Nursing.
I'm in an online RN-to-BSN program, and only go in for exams. I'm applying for a scholarship that requires letters of recommendation from two instructors and the dean or director of the nursing program. I've met three of my instructors in person, and I think that I have built enough rapport with them that I could ask them for the letters. I have never met the dean, and don't know how to break the ice or ask for such a favor.
My plan so far: I'm going to state my situation, and offer to treat them to lunch since we've only met briefly. When offering this, I will briefly state that it's not a bribe, simply a means of meeting, discussing things, and compensation for their time.
Is this a good tactic, or are there better ways? I also have no idea how to approach the dean of the school.