Before You Get Started


Before you get started, please have the following materials and files prepared to upload.

Essays


As part of the application process, we ask that you write 5 short essays (no longer than 10 Kbytes each) on the following topics:

  • Introduction: tell us who you are and where you come from;

  • Extraordinary Is: tell us about what being extraordinary is and how it applies to you;

  • Challenges: tell us about the challenges you have faced growing up and how you overcame them;

  • Accomplishments: tell us about the accomplishments you have made in your life; and

  • Goals: tells us about your life goals and dreams.


You will have an opportunity to write (or copy/paste) your plain-text essays into the application form.

Files and Eligibility


To complete your application, we need some important files from you.

We need the following:

  • Your high school transcript;

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;

  • A signed copy of the US Government IRS W-9 tax form; and

  • A large, high-quality photo or headshot of you suitable for publication (not a selfie!).



W-9 Form


Download a W-9 Form

All scholarship recipients must submit a US Government IRS W-9 tax form to receive any scholarship funds from the foundation. Please download the W-9 and fill out and sign page 1 of the form. You can use software like Preview or Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF, or you may print out the PDF, fill in the form, and submit a photo of the completed W-9 form (just page 1) with your application.

Important: How to Name Your Files


Please use the following conventions to name your files. This will help us expedite your application efficiently.

  • Transcript: Your-Name-Transcript.pdf

  • Letter of Recommendation #1: Your-Name-Letter-1.pdf

  • Letter of Recommendation #2: Your-Name-Letter-2.pdf

  • W-9: Your-Name-W9.pdf or Your-Name-W9.jpg

  • Your Photo: Your-Name.jpg


Replace Your-Name with your first and last name.

Your high school transcript and the two letters of recommendation must be in PDF format.

Your W-9 must be filled out and signed (page 1). You may submit the W-9 in PDF format or in JPEG format, whichever is more convenient.

Your photo must be in JPEG format, and should have a 8x10 ratio (minimum 576x720 pixels). A print-ready 8x10 image should have the dimensions of 1728x2160 pixels.

NOTE: The maximum file size we can accept is 5MB. You may find that the default compression of your JPEG image results in an image that is too large. If your image file is larger than 5MB, please increase the JPEG compression when you save it from your image editor. You may also use free online compression sites like compressjpeg.com to get your file under the 5MB limit.


Failure to submit any of the required files in the required formats will delay our ability to evaluate your application and could jeopardize your chances of earning an ExtraordinaryIs scholarship.

Student Contact Information

Your GPA


Please enter your unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale. If you know your unweighted GPA (on a 5.0 scale), please enter it as well.

What is your unweighted GPA (max 4.0)?

What is your weighted GPA (max 5.0)? You may leave this field blank if you do not know.

Student's Home Address


Please supply your home address where you can be reached by mail.

Parent or Legal Guardian Information


Please supply your parent or legal guardian's contact information.

Tell Us About Yourself


In the spaces provided below, please tell us more about who you are and who you want to be. Please be clear and concise.

Introduce yourself to us. Tell us who you are, where you came from, who you want to be, and where you want to go.

What does extraordinary mean to you? Why or how are you extraordinary?

What extraordinary challenges do you face in your life?

Describe some of your accomplishments in and out of school.

Tell us what your goals are for your future education and occupation.

Files and Eligibility


To complete your application, we need some important files from you.

We need the following:

  • Your high school transcript;

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation;

  • A signed copy of the US Government IRS W-9 tax form; and

  • A large, high-quality photo or headshot of you suitable for publication (not a selfie!).



W-9 Form


Download a W-9 Form

All scholarship recipients must submit a US Government IRS W-9 tax form to receive any scholarship funds from the foundation. Please download the W-9 and fill out and sign page 1 of the form. You can use software like Preview or Adobe Acrobat to complete the PDF, or you may print out the PDF, fill in the form, and submit a photo of the completed W-9 form (just page 1) with your application.

Important: How to Name Your Files


Please use the following conventions to name your files. This will help us expedite your application efficiently.

  • Transcript: Your-Name-Transcript.pdf

  • Letter of Recommendation #1: Your-Name-Letter-1.pdf

  • Letter of Recommendation #2: Your-Name-Letter-2.pdf

  • W-9: Your-Name-W9.pdf or Your-Name-W9.jpg

  • Your Photo: Your-Name.jpg


Replace Your-Name with your first and last name.

Your high school transcript and the two letters of recommendation must be in PDF format.

Your W-9 must be filled out and signed (page 1). You may submit the W-9 in PDF format or in JPEG format, whichever is more convenient.

Your photo must be in JPEG format, and should have a 8x10 ratio (minimum 576x720 pixels). A print-ready 8x10 image should have the dimensions of 1728x2160 pixels.

NOTE: The maximum file size we can accept is 5MB. You may find that the default compression of your JPEG image results in an image that is too large. If your image file is larger than 5MB, please increase the JPEG compression when you save it from your image editor. You may also use free online compression sites like compressjpeg.com to get your file under the 5MB limit.


Failure to submit any of the required files in the required formats will delay our ability to evaluate your application and could jeopardize your chances of earning an ExtraordinaryIs scholarship.
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Eligibility


In order to be eligible for the Extraordinary Is High School Scholarship, students must be currently in and attend a North Texas high school. He or she must be accepted to an accredited college, university, or trade school by May 1, 2019.

Notice and Release


Scholarship applications will be evaluated on a first-come-first-serve basis by the ExtraordinaryIs Scholarship Fund.

The Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation reserves the right to publish and announce the awardee's name and image via all known media. Applications will be subject to verification.

I understand and hereby grant my permission that the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation retains the right to announce and publish my name and image in association with this award via all known media should I accept this award.

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