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 freshmen 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

Eligibility Requirements

For consideration in the CDF-California Beat the Odds Scholarship Program, an applicant must:

  1. Be a current high school freshman who lives or goes to school in the greater Los Angeles area;
  2. Be nominated by a teacher, counselor, caseworker or any other unrelated adult who can speak to applicant’s character, commitment to their education, commitment to social justice/community, and the tremendous odds overcome;
  3. Demonstrate progress in overcoming tremendous adversity;
  4. Demonstrate participation in school activities, community organizations, employment, and/or service leadership;
  5. Graduate by July 2023; and
  6. Plan to attend a college, university or vocational school post-graduation.

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.

The application portal for the new cohort of California Beat the Odds honorees is now open until 11:59 p.m. May 31, 2020. For more information or questions, email Cadonna Dory at cdory@childrensdefense.org or call 213-355-8787.

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Meet Our Honorees

Hadassah Johnson
Class of 2020
Manuel Lopez
Class of 2019
Mey Sok
Class of 2018
Destiny Novillo
Class of 2017
David Cho
Class of 2016
Timothy Walker
Class of 2015
Alezaihvia Melendez
Class of 2014
Roneisha Pugh
Class of 2013
Nancy Kannampuzha
Class of 2012
Wilson Khauv
Class of 2011
Maria Burgos
Class of 2010
Cesar Vest-Bravo
Class of 2020
Ian Leui
Class of 2019
Ana-Mariana Palomino
Class of 2018
Cierra Gunderson
Class of 2017
Stephanie Gamino
Class of 2016
Chase Moore
Class of 2015
Alexis Metcalfe
Class of 2014
Richard Kent
Class of 2013
Britany Lewis
Class of 2012
Erica Limón
Class of 2011
Erick Rodriguez
Class of 2010
Jilder Garcia
Class of 2020
Jazmin de Luna
Class of 2019
Jacqueline Martinez
Class of 2018
Alexandra Flores
Class of 2017
David Sanchez
Class of 2016
Zachary Byrge
Class of 2015
Marilyn Bravo
Class of 2014
Yahydia Iñiguez
Class of 2013
John Jimenez
Class of 2012
Monica Banks
Class of 2011
Tracey Alvarez
Class of 2010
Yurhynis Bobo
Class of 2020
Samantha Galindo
Class of 2019
Jerry Goss
Class of 2018
Florencia Valenzuela
Class of 2017
Ni’Tasha Denson
Class of 2016
Sequoia Canada
Class of 2015
Jerry Gonzalez
Class of 2014
Jade Williams
Class of 2013
Caylin Moore
Class of 2012
Giovanni Soto
Class of 2011
Tyree Johnson
Class of 2010
Nagi Moore
Class of 2020
Samarea Johnson
Class of 2019
Ja’Nay Carter
Class of 2018
Jose Acevas
Class of 2017
Vincent Zamarripa
Class of 2016
Elizabeth Lopez
Class of 2015
Stephanie Fabian
Class of 2014
Jalen Williams
Class of 2013
Jeannette Wright
Class of 2012
Jonathan Calderon
Class of 2011
Jonathan Varela
Class of 2010
Kawika Smith
Class of 2020
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