Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thank you for your willingness to provide a recommendation for a deserving high school senior for the CDF Beat the Odds® Scholarship. Every scholarship applicant must submit two letters of recommendation with their application. (Applicants may not submit letters of recommendation written by relatives or peers)
- Educator Recommendation- One recommendation must be from a teacher.
The educator recommendation should speak to the student’s academic record, the challenges he or she faced, and observations regarding the student’s ability to cope with and manage adversity. Educators should make mention of situations where the student has shown significant effort or improvement or has consistently excelled despite obstacles to his or her education.
- Community Member Recommendation- The second recommendation may be from an educator, OR a mentor, school counselor, coach, clergy member, or employer.
The additional 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 in his or her life, achieved success, participated in volunteer and community service activities, and demonstrated leadership. Additional insight into how the student qualifies for the CDF Beat the Odds scholarship can be offered, as it assists the selection committee in evaluating the student’s application.