Beat the Odds Program

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The CDF Beat the Odds® program honors outstanding high schools students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. Started in 1990, the program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives and supports and trains them to become future leaders in adulthood. Their grit and resilience are overwhelming. Their stories give hope and remind us that none of us have a right to give up on any child or youth.

Overview

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

  • 10,000 scholarship
  • 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

Additionally, each scholarship recipient will be recognized at the annual CDF Beat the Odds Awards gala in December 2019. Professional, autobiographical films 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

Annual Awards Gala

Every winter, we host a special gala to honor the achievements of five of our most outstanding Beat the Odds honorees. The purpose of the event is to recognize and commemorate the strength, resilience, and determination that our honorees have demonstrated both inside and outside of the classroom. We also want to remind celebrities, public officials and change-makers in Los Angeles about the tremendous need in their communities and to inspire them to take action.

Apply

The application portal for the new cohort of California Beat the Odds honorees is now closed and will re-open in February, 2019. Click here to review eligibility guidelines.

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Meet Our Honorees

Ana-Mariana Palomino
Class of 2017

Jacqueline Martinez
Class of 2017

Mey Sok
Class of 2017

Jerry Goss
Class of 2017

Ja'Nay Carter
Class of 2017

Alexandra Flores
Class of 2016

Cierra Gunderson
Class of 2016

Destiny Novillo
Class of 2016

Florencia Valenzuela
Class of 2016

Jose Acevas
Class of 2016

Stephanie Gamino
Class of 2015

David Sanchez
Class of 2015

David Cho
Class of 2015

Ni'Tasha Denson
Class of 2015

Vincent Zamarripa
Class of 2015

Chase Moore
Class of 2014

Zachary Byrge
Class of 2014

Timothy Walker
Class of 2014

Sequoia Canada
Class of 2014

Elizabeth Lopez
Class of 2014

Alexis Metcalfe
Class of 2013

Marilyn Bravo
Class of 2013

Alezaihvia Melendez
Class of 2013

Jerry Gonzalez
Class of 2013

Stephanie Fabian
Class of 2013

Yahydia Iñiguez
Class of 2012

Richard Kent
Class of 2012

Roneisha Pugh
Class of 2012

Jade Williams
Class of 2012

Jalen Williams
Class of 2012

Brittany Lewis
Class of 2011

John Jimenez
Class of 2011

Nancy Kannampuzha
Class of 2011

Caylin Moore
Class of 2011

Jeannette Wright
Class of 2011

Erica Limón
Class of 2010

Monica Banks
Class of 2010

Wilson Khauv
Class of 2010

Giovanni Soto
Class of 2010

Jonathan Calderon
Class of 2010

Erick Rodriguez
Class of 2009

Tracey Alvarez
Class of 2009

Maria Burgos
Class of 2009

Tyree Johnson
Class of 2009

Jonathan Varela
Class of 2009

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