Children's Defense Fund Washington, D.C. Beat the Odds® Scholarship Application

The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program has a two-step nomination 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, March 11, 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 nomination form and a letter of recommendation submitted by a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or other adult who can speak on the student’s challenges, victories, academic potential and commitment to social justice. Please provide your nominator with the following link, Nomination Form, and ask them to complete by it Friday, March 11, 2016.

Please answer all the following questions as completely as possible. Type “N/A” if the question does not apply.

Applications must be completed and post-marked by 5 p.m. on Friday, Friday, March 11, 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
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Street Address

Family Information

Annual Household Income
Total Household Size
Number of Adults
Number of Children (including nominee)
Briefly describe the makeup of your household (i.e: mom, dad, 1 brother, 1 uncle, etc.)
Mother's Name (if applicable)
Mother's Phone
Father's Name (if applicable)
Father's Phone
Guardian's Name (if applicable)
Guardian's Phone

School Information

School District Name
High School Name
School Type
High School Address
School Phone
School Fax
Principal/Director's First Name
Principal/Director's Last Name
School Counselor First Name
School Counselor Last Name
School Counselor Phone
School Counselor Email Address

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?

Personal Statement

Please upload or paste 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.

The only acceptable file types for upload are Word and PDF. If your file does not have a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file extension, please copy the text and paste into the Paste box below.

Supplemental Attachments

Upload your unofficial high school transcripts
Upload the signed media release form Download here