The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program has a two-step recommendation and/or application process
STEP 1: All interested students must review our checklist, print necessary documents and complete the following application on or before Friday, December 9, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: the online application does not save progress - so please take a moment to ensure you have access to all the requisite information before you proceed to the application.
STEP 2: All applications must include a completed recommendation form and letter of recommendation submitted by two different recommenders (ex: a counselor, caseworker, teacher, or other adult) who can speak about the student’s challenges, victories, academic potential and commitment to social justice.
Please answer all the following questions as completely as possible. Type “N/A” if the question does not apply.
Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 in order to qualify. We encourage you to complete the application at least a week in advance of the deadline.
Please list other members of your household who live with you (i.e.: parents, grandparents, siblings, cousin, nephew, friend, etc.)
*We strongly urge you to review your statement and application with your counselor for appropriateness and to ensure that all relevant details are included before submitting.*
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.
Please submit a request to your registrar for an official high school transcript to be mailed to: 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.
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