2015 Beat the Odds Scholarship Program
We use an online application process. Applicants will submit personal and demographic information, a personal essay, high school transcripts, financial information and two letters of recommendation. Start your online application.
Students are eligible for the scholarship if they:
- Are a student enrolled in an Oregon public high school who will graduate in Summer 2016.
- Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average showing marked effort, improvement, or success.
- Have succeeded in spite of hardships such as poverty, disability, homelessness, or personal tragedy.
- Have participated in activities that are helpful to others.
- Have a financial need.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Beat the Odds scholarship?
The “Beat the Odds” scholarship is a $2,500 renewable scholarship awarded by Stand for Children Leadership Center.
- Three $2,500 renewable scholarships will be awarded in November 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year.
- This scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA or better, remains a full time student, and funding is available.
- Scholarships are contingent on acceptance into an accredited 2- or 4-year college program and will be paid directly to the college.
- The Beat the Odds Scholarship is not for everybody. Recipients agree to share their story at the Beat the Odds award events and participate in all related publicity, including the creation of a short, inspirational video about their lives and accomplishments.
How can I apply?
Stand for Children uses a web-based system, SmarterSelect.com, to manage scholarship applications. Scholarship applications will be accepted online only. Visit the application website to apply. Applications are are not accepted by mail. We encourage students to get started on their applications early so that they have plenty of time to obtain, scan and upload the required documents and arrange for two letters of recommendation.
When is the deadline?
The deadline to apply for a scholarship is 11:59 pm on Monday, September 14 for all students. Applicants must fill in all required fields, upload all required documents, and click “submit” on their online applications by 11:59 pm on September 14 in order to be eligible for consideration. You may click “submit” before both of your letters recommendation come in – however, recommenders must submit their letters by 11:59 pm on September 14 in order for your application to be considered complete.
Please allow ample time to scan and upload transcripts and tax forms and get letters of recommendation well in advance of the deadline. We cannot accept late applications. We cannot accept applications by mail, fax or email.
Students are encouraged to submit their applications as early in the scholarship cycle as possible.
I go to an Oregon public high school, but I plan to go to college in another state. Am I still eligible?
Yes! Beat the Odds scholars can attend any accredited 2 or 4-year college they choose.
What exactly does “financial need” mean? Am I ineligible if my parents make a certain amount of money?
Financial need is just one of many factors that our selection committee considers when choosing Beat the Odds scholars. And we know that paying for college is difficult even on a modest income. There is no “cutoff” for estimated household income that will make a student ineligible for the award.
What does Stand for Children Leadership Center do?
Stand for Children is a grassroots child advocacy group. Our mission is to help ordinary people to become leaders who use the democratic process to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive.
We believe that Oregon needs strong public schools to ensure all students – even the ones facing significant hardships – are well prepared to succeed in college or family wage jobs. The Beat the Odds scholarship is offered as part of Stand’s annual fall fundraiser, which helps us raise money to support the work we do to strengthen public schools and other essential children’s programs. Scholarships are underwritten by generous individual and business donors and foundations.
I got a 3.0 in my most recent quarter, but I’m still working on bringing my cumulative GPA up. Can I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply. We do not automatically disqualify you if your cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0, particularly if your transcript shows marked improvement. However, be advised that the Beat the Odds scholarship is fairly competitive. We typically receive applications from several hundred students, the majority of whom have cumulative GPAs above 3.0.