Children's Defense Fund Ohio Beat the Odds® Scholarship Recommendation Form

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.

Personal Information

First Name
Last Name
Address
City
State
Zip code
Occupation
Employer
Day Phone
Cell Phone
Email

Relationship to Nominee


I am a

Nominee First Name

Nominee Last Name

Nominee School

Nominee Home Phone

Nominee Cell Phone

Nominee Email
How long have you
known the nominee?
Briefly describe your
relationship to the nominee

Complete the grid below:

   Extraordinary  High Performing  Solid  Fair  Unknown
Academic Motivation
Academic Potential
Creativity
Self-Discipline
Leadership
Initiative
Reaction to Setbacks
Analytical Ability
Oral Communication
Classroom Participation
Communication
Independence
Problem Solving
Overall Impression

In a general and overall comparison with similar students (age, grade, academic track), how would you rank this student?



Narrative Section

(1 - 2 pages in length, 12 pt font, 1-inch margins, single-spaced)

As an educator, please describe the student’s academic record, the challenges he or she has faced, and observations regarding the student’s ability to cope with and manage adversity. Please make mention of situations where the student has shown significant effort or improvement or has consistently excelled despite obstacles to his or her education. Please discuss demonstrated leadership skills or potential and any additional personal achievements the student has attained.

As a community member recommender, please 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/her life, achieved success, participated in volunteer or community service activities, and demonstrated leadership.

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