CDF-New York Beat the Odds Scholarship
The Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds program identifies and rewards young people who have experienced significant hardship in their lives by supporting and training them to become future servant leaders. Hundreds of youths have persevered despite family breakdown, homelessness, parental incarceration, drug and alcohol addiction, neglect or abuse or gun violence and have been able to attend college and become outstanding citizens. They are now giving back to their communities as doctors, teachers, Peace Corps volunteers, and mentors for the next generation of young leaders.
Each year, CDF selects at least five extraordinary high school students from the communities near six CDF offices in California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington, D.C. These honorees are provided with scholarships to defray the cost of college and with individualized services and supports to aid their transition into college and adulthood.
Since 1990, the CDF Beat the Odds Program has awarded scholarships to almost 1,000 students. The program currently supports more than 180 young people in high school, college, and graduate school. Despite having high risk factors for dropping out of school, Beat the Odds honorees have graduated from over 100 competitive colleges and universities and gone on successful careers in a variety of fields including education, public service, communications, engineering, and medicine.