Children's Defense Fund - Ohio Beat the Odds® Scholarship Application

All interested students must review our guidelines and complete the following application on or before Wednesday, November 30, 2016.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Note: the online application does not save progress — so please take a moment to ensure you have the access to all the requisite information before you begin to complete the application.

All applications must include the following:

  • Student Essay (to be uploaded as part of the application)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Narrative Statements
    Educator Recommendation – must be from a teacher and should speak to the student’s academic record, the challenges he/she has faced, and observations regarding the student’s ability to cope with and manage adversity.
    Community Recommendation – may be from a mentor, counselor, teacher, coach, clergy or employer.  This recommender should know the student well and be able to speak to the student’s work ethic, challenges, experiences and motivation to succeed.  This recommendation should address how the student faced obstacles and adversity, achieved success, participated in volunteer or community service activities, and demonstrated leadership.
    Please provide both of your recommenders with the Recommendation Form and ask them to complete and submit it by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

    Applicants may not submit letters of recommendation written by relatives or peers.
  • Official High School Transcript (to be uploaded as a Supplemental Attachment of the application)

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

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016 for consideration.

Personal Information

First Name
Last Name
Birth Date
Home Phone
Cell Phone

Current Address (Include Apartment/Unit #)

Street Address

Permanent Address (If different from Current Address)

Citizenship Other

Family Information

Annual Household Income
Total Household Size
Number of Adults
Number of Siblings
Sibling Ages
Do All Your Siblings Live With You?
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 Name
School District
Unweighted GPA
Weighted GPA
School Address
School County
School Phone
School Fax
Counselor First Name
Counselor Last Name
Counselor Phone
Counselor Email Address
Nominator First Name (If different from the counselor)
Nominator Last Name
Nominator Phone
Nominator Email
Place of Employment (If applicable)

Additional Information

List Your Most Recent Volunteer/Community Service Activities
List Your Personal Interests and Hobbies
List Your Personal Academic Goals

Because our mission is to ensure that every child in Ohio has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life, and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities, please answer the following questions to help us gauge if some of the child focused policies and programs are supporting Ohio’s children.

Explanations or Comments

Student Essay

Essays must be 2 pages (double-spaced with 12-point font).

The student should explain in detail how he or she has overcome adversity and personal challenges in life and yet has achieved academically and given back to his or her community. Students should share their personal and professional plans, goals, hopes, and dreams for the future.

Essays should clearly articulate how all of the eligibility criteria have been met. It is suggested that students review their essay with their recommender or an adult advisor, counselor or mentor to assure that it sets forth all relevant details and that it is appropriately presented.

Supplemental Attachments

Upload your official high school transcript

Authorization for Applicant’s Credential

In connection with the Children’s Defense Fund and its evaluation of my suitability as a scholarship recipient, I hereby verify that all of the information included in this application is true and speaks to my eligibility of applying for this scholarship.


Student Signature

If student applicant is a minor, the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio requires a Parent or Guardian signature. You will be asked to provide an email address for your parent or guardian upon submission.