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Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program

The Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding high school sophomores who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities.

The 2013 Beat the Odds Honorees were celebrated at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, December 5th. Meet the students and view photos from the evening » 

Beat the Odds Scholarship recipients are students who have faced such hardships as poverty, abuse, and disability and yet continue with incredible self-determination and a drive toward achievement through the common thread of hard work, academic excellence, and service to their communities.

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Ten high school sophomores in Los Angeles are selected to participate in the scholarship program every year. Each participant receives a scholarship valued at either $10,000 or $1,000 to put towards their college expenses and the chance to be honored at the Annual Beat the Odds Awards Dinner held in Beverly Hills every winter.

Additionally, scholarship recipients have access to numerous support services throughout their college career and beyond, including ongoing mentoring, internship placements, leadership development, and career guidance. In partnership with the Fulfillment Fund, students also receive college counseling, SAT prep, and an opportunity to tour college campuses throughout California.

Since 1995, the Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship has been awarded to nearly 700 students nationwide. Alumni of the program have graduated from some of the nation's premier universities and serve in a diverse range of occupations. 

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