Overview

The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program offers comprehensive, generous financial and educational support to exceptionally promising students in the greater Los Angeles area.

Ten students will be selected from the nomination pool by our Beat the Odds Selection Committee based on their challenges, victories, academic potential and commitment to social justice.

After a year of participation in the program, each Beat the Odds honoree will be interviewed and qualified as one of five finalists or one of five semi-finalists who will receive the following:

Finalists

  • $10,000 college scholarship;
  • SAT preparation courses from 100Points;
  • one-on-one college counseling;
  • college tours;
  • leadership and life skills development;
  • one-on-one tutoring;
  • internship placement opportunities;
  • special recognition at the annual Beat the Odds Awards Gala; and
  • their life story made into a professional, autobiographical film.

Semi-Finalists

  • $1,000 college scholarship;
  • SAT preparation courses from 100Points;
  • one-on-one college counseling;
  • college tours;
  • leadership and life skills development;
  • one-on-one tutoring; and
  • internship placement opportunities.