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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.
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:
Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2017.
Download the application packet for students and nominators and submit via:
Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, Attn: Firi Dawid, 555 Park St. Suite 410 St. Paul, MN 55103
Fax (651) 227-2553
If mailed or faxed, immediately follow up by email to confirm receipt.
If you have questions about your application, please email Firi Dawid at firstname.lastname@example.org.