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The Beat the Odds scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college. Students must be nominated or seek nomination for the Beat the Odds scholarship program by/from a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or other adult who can speak to the following: his/her character, academic achievement, commitment to social justice issues/community, and the tremendous odds he/she beats every day.
Students must be enrolled in a broader Twin Cities Metro area high school and must be on track to graduate by June 2018. Students are invited to apply regardless of immigration status. Students who are undocumented should review page two of the application linked below before submitting their applications.
Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota will select 10 finalists in the fall of 2017 and from that group will choose five honorees. Honorees will be notified in November and will each receive: