How to Apply

The application period is now closed. If you have any questions or concerns about your application, please contact Michelle Jones at

Eligibility Criteria

To apply to the Beat the Odds scholarship program, at minimum, a student must:

  • Be nominated or seek nomination from a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or another adult who can speak on the student's challenges, victories, academic potential and commitment to social justice;
  • Be a current high school sophomore;
  • Reside in the Greater Los Angeles area; and
  • Be able to provide a Social Security Number or Federal Tax Identification number. Note: undocumented students are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria

 Beat the Odds scholarship applications are reviewed by our staff and a selection committee that reflects the professional and ethnic diversity of our community. We consider each applicant holistically and within the context of their academic achievement, personal circumstances, available support network, and commitment to service. Successful applications will be able to demonstrate:

  • Strong academic achievement, commitment to learning, and the potential for post-secondary success. There is no GPA requirement.
  • Unmet financial need, limited opportunities, lack of support at home or in the community.
  • Perseverance in the face of challenges and obstacles, strong work ethic, and the ability to remain focused on goals.
  • Participation in school activities, community organizations, employment, or community service.

Application Process

The application period for the Beat the Odds scholarship program opens in October of 2016 and ends in early 2017. Final notifications are made in April after our staff and selection committee have had the opportunity to carefully review each application.