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.
Briefly describe the makeup of your household (i.e: mom, dad, 1 brother, 1 uncle, etc.)
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.