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