Beat the Odds® - TX Scholarship Application

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.

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

*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.

Supplemental Attachments

Upload the signed media release form Download here

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.