Each year the CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program selects ten high school sophomores who are overcoming tremendous adversity, demonstrating academic excellence and giving back to their communities. Program participants receive the following support needed to matriculate and succeed in college and beyond:

  • College test preparation
  • Access to workshops focused on financial aid, financial literacy and essay writing
  • College counseling and mentoring
  • Access to college fairs
  • Internship referrals
  • Career, and life skills development
  • Assistance with the college or post-secondary education enrollment process

Through a rigorous and competitive interview process, the program's selection committee will determine each participant's scholarship amount at $1,000 or $10,000. The top five scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual CDF Beat the Odds Awards gala in December 2018. Additionally, professional, autobiographical films of the top five will be produced and shown during the awards ceremony.

Please note all services are offered in the City of Los Angeles and are subject to change.