Children Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship

The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Scholarship Program annually honors, celebrates and rewards five outstanding Ohio high school seniors who have overcome tremendous adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership  in their community, and aspire to continue their education.

Those selected as the 2017 Beat the Odds scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • $5,000 college scholarship
  • Laptop computer
  • Access to CDF's network of leadership opportunities and Beat the Odds alumni

The five recipients will also be honored at the 2017 Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony in Columbus.

High school seniors currently enrolled in a public, alternative or charter school in Ohio are eligible to apply and can be nominated by,  or seek nomination from, a teacher, counselor, caseworker, coach, or other adult who can speak to their character, academic success, leadership, and the tremendous odds they beat every day.  PLEASE NOTE: A nominator is not precluded from recommending more than one student.

Visit their website to learn more about the scholarship program, apply online or download an application packet.

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

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