Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

February 6, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Children’s Defense Fund-California is now accepting applications for the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Scholarship program. Each year CDF-CA selects five high school sophomores who are overcoming tremendous adversity, demonstrating academic excellence and giving back to their communities. In addition to a scholarship, program participants receive support needed to matriculate and succeed in college and beyond. Support like college counseling, internship referrals, career guidance and trainings on FAFS, public speaking, creating writing and more. Additionally, each scholar will be honored at our annual CDF Beat the Odds Awards gala that is usually held in December. Professional, autobiographical films of each honoree will be produced and shown during the event.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 23, 2018 to qualify. Candidates must apply online using our web application:

In case of questions, contact Cadonna Dory, Communications Manager, at 213-355-8790 or