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Nominate a Student
The 2014 Beat the Odds Scholarship Application is now available!
To nominate a high school sophomore, download the application and submit it using the instructions enclosed.
Applications must be received by February 14th, 2014.
2012 CDF-CA Beat the Odds Documentaries
Since 1990, the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds® Scholarship and Leadership Program has recognized outstanding high school students who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their respective communities. These young people, who have endured such hardships as homelessness and abuse, display incredible self-determination and a drive toward achievement through the common thread of hard work, academic excellence, and service to their communities.
This program awards $55,000 in scholarships annually, and provides college preparation to deserving students in the Los Angeles area. Our organization provides intensive support to over 30 current and nearly 30 former Beat the Odds scholars in varying stages of matriculation at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Each student receives a college scholarship valued at either $10,000 or $1,000 and numerous support services, 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.