Beat the Odds® - TEXAS Scholarship Application

The CDF-Texas Beat the Odds scholarship application has a two-step process.

STEP 1: All interested students must review our checklist, print any necessary documents, and submit the application form below on or before 5 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016.

Note: the application form will not track or save your progress. Please take a moment now to ensure you have all requisite information handy before proceeding.

STEP 2: All applications must include two letters of recommendation submitted separately via our online form by a counselor, caseworker, teacher, and/or other trusted adult who can speak about the student’s challenges, victories, academic potential, and commitment to social justice. Please have the names and emails of your recommenders handy. You will be asked to provide their information on an upcoming screen, and they will receive an emailed form on your behalf directly from Children's Defense Fund.

Check with your recommenders to make sure they receive our email and can meet the submission deadline.

Answer every question below as completely as possible. Type “N/A” for any question or field that does not apply to you.

Incomplete or late applications and recommendations will not be accepted.
We encourage you to complete and review your application and personal statement for appropriateness and completeness with your counselor at least one week prior to the deadline to ensure greater success.

Personal Information

First Name
Last Name
Race/Ethnicity Other
Citizenship Status
Citizenship Status Other
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Street Address
Household Income

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

Mother's Name (if applicable)
Mother's Phone
Mother's Email
Father's Name (if applicable)
Father's Phone
Father's Email
Guardian's Name (if applicable)
Guardian's Phone
Guardian's Email

School Information

High School Name
School District Name
School Type
High School Address
School Phone
Counselor Title
Counselor First Name
Counselor Last Name
Counselor Email
Counselor Phone
Principal Title
Principal First Name
Principal Last Name
Principal Email
Class Rank
Expected Graduation Date

Household and Living Arrangements

Please list other members of your household who live with you (i.e.: parents, grandparents, siblings, cousin, nephew, friend, etc.)

First Name
Relation to Applicant
Relation Other
First Name
Relation to Applicant
Relation Other
First Name
Relation to Applicant
Relation Other
First Name
Relation to Applicant
Relation Other
First Name
Relation to Applicant
Relation Other

Additional Information

What academic enrichment or extra-curricular activities do you participate in during the summer or academic school year (e.g. other non-profit, organized sports, music or dance lessons, academic tutoring, clubs, etc.)?

Do you participate in any of the following educational programs (check all that apply)?
Have you been in foster care or kinship at any point in your life?
Please list honors and/or awards you have received, including a brief description and dates received:
Please list service and/or leadership experiences that make you a candidate for this award:
Please list your work/internship experience:
Any additional information you would like to share that may be helpful in considering your application:

Personal Statement

*IMPORTANT: Please review your statement and application with your counselor for appropriateness and to ensure that all relevant details are included.  Also, make sure your first and last name appear in the filename BEFORE you upload.*

Please upload a personal statement, of no more than 750 typed words, that describes: the major obstacles and challenges in your life and how you have or are working to overcome them; your past and current family, financial, educational, and emotional support systems; how you have been able to achieve academic success or show marked improvement in academics, despite your hardships; and your commitment to serving others, for example; involvement in service clubs at school, community-based service, or taking on major home or work responsibilities.

Supplemental Attachments

Upload the signed media release form Download here

Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
Attention: Beat the Odds
5410 Bellaire Blvd., Suite 203, Bellaire, TX 77401

I hereby certify that the information provided by me is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. If requested, I agree to provide proof of information provided in this form. I understand that falsification of any information may result in termination and forfeiture of any scholarship granted.