Beat the Odds: FAQs


What is the Beat the Odds scholarship?

The “Beat the Odds” scholarship is awarded by Stand for Children Leadership Center.

  • Three scholarships will be awarded in May 2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • Scholarships are contingent on acceptance into an accredited 2 or 4-year college program and will be paid directly to the college.

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a public high school in Nashville, on track to graduate in May 2012.

  • Have 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 volunteered or participated in activities that are helpful to others.

  • Have a demonstrated financial need.

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,, to manage scholarship applications. Scholarship applications will be accepted online only. 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 Monday, March 12, 2012. Applicants must fill in all required fields, upload all required documents, and click “submit” on their online applications by 11:59 p.m. on  March 12th in order to be eligible for consideration. You may click “submit” before both of your letters are recommendation come in – however, recommenders must submit their letters by 11:59 p.m. on March 12th 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 a Nashville 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 “demonstrated 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 Nashville 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. 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.

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