Beat the Odds® - DC Scholarship Application


Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received together. Therefore, before you submit your application packet, please make sure it is complete. Application packets may be submitted via email or regular mail.

A completed application packet includes:

  • An Application
  • Student statement: typed, 12-point font, single-spaced. No longer than two pages, no shorter than one page. Your statement must demonstrate that you:
    • are enrolled in a public, or charter school in Washington, DC; Alexandria, Arlington or Fairfax County public school system or Montgomery or Prince George’s county public school system in Maryland and will graduate by July 2017;
    • have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or above; showing marked effort, improvement or success;
    • have succeeded in spite of hardships such as poverty, disability, homelessness or personal tragedy; and
    • have participated in activities helpful to others such as volunteerism or other forms of community involvement.
  • Educator Recommendation and Nominator Form: from a teacher, guidance counselor or other educator who is familiar with you both personally and academically. No shorter than one page, typed, 12-point font, single-spaced.
  • Additional Letter of Recommendation and Nominator Form: from anyone (other than a family member) who knows you well – for example, a mentor, coach, internship supervisor, clergy member or friend. No shorter than one page, typed, 12-point font, single-spaced.
  • Copy of high school transcript: The most recent and complete for each high school attended.

Submit the application

  • Submit information online by completing the form below. The student’s personal statement and high school transcript must be uploaded for the application to be complete. After the student submits their application, Nominators will be notified about submitting their recommendations.
  • You can also print the application and submit to:

            The Children’s Defense Fund
            Attn: Beat the Odds® Selection Committee
            25 E Street NW Washington, DC 20001

            or via email at

Applications must be received by Friday, March 13, 2015 in order to qualify (mailing and application instructions are enclosed). LATE AND INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Applicant/Nominee Information

First Name
Last Name
Address 2
Zip Code
Home Phone #
Cell Phone #
Upload your personal statement

Parent Information

Yearly Household Income
Total # in Household
Total Adults
Total Children (including you)
Briefly list who you live with (for example: mom, dad, 1 brother, etc.)
First Name of Parent or Guardian
Last Name of Parent or Guardian
Phone #

School Information

High School Name
High School Address
High School Address 2
High School City
High School Zip Code
High School State
Principal/Director's First Name
Principal/Director's Last Name
School Phone #
School Fax #
School Counselor First Name
School Counselor Last Name
School Counselor Phone #
School Counselor Email Address
Upload your official high school transcript