Beat the Odds® Program Application

Children’s Defense Fund – D.C. Area Beat the Odds® Scholarship


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 2011;
    • 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: 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: 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.

Complete the Online Application

You can also print (LINK TO UPDATED PDF) the application and submit to:
The Children’s Defense Fund
Attn: Beat the Odds® Selection Committee Children’s Defense Fund
25 E Street NW Washington, DC 20001
or via email at

First Name
Last Name
Overall GPA
Street Address
Zip Code
Home Phone Number
Second Phone Number
Number of Persons in Family
Estimated Annual Family Income
High School/Organization
Name & Title of Contact Person at High School/Organization
Email of Contact Person
Phone Number of Contact Person
Educator Recommendation Letter
Additional Letter of Recommendation