Now Accepting Your Nominations

January 30, 2017

The Children’s Defense Fund-California is pleased to announce the launch of our 2017 Beat the Odds® Scholarship program in service to youth who are overcoming adversity, demonstrate academic excellence and give back to their communities.

Since 1990, over 700 students across the nation have been admitted to the program and awarded scholarships. Alumni of the program have graduated from some of the nation’s most competitive colleges and universities and serve in a diverse range of occupations.

Annually, CDF-CA selects 10 high school sophomores and awards up to $10,000 to each program participant. Participants receive college and career readiness support needed to matriculate and succeed in college and beyond! Application forms detailing eligibility requirements can be obtained on our website at

Applications must be filled out completely, include all required support materials and be received by CDF-CA on or before the deadline of Friday, March 10, 2017. For questions, please contact Michelle Jones at (213) 355-8788 or by emailing