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The Beat the Odds Scholarship Program (BTO) provides social and academic college readiness programming to high school students that are working hard to overcome tremendous obstacles in their personal lives, who demonstrate academic achievement, and give back to their community. In addition, the program also offers scholarship opportunities and support services to aid scholars throughout their college career; including ongoing mentoring, internship placements and career guidance.
Founded by Marian Wright Edelman, the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly, since 1973, to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Ten juniors will be selected from the nomination pool. All ten juniors Beat The Odds scholars will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships provided by the Children’s Defense Fund- New York during their senior year.
Ten sophomores will be selected from the nomination pool. All ten sophomores Beat The Odds scholars will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships provided by the Children’s Defense Fund- New York during their senior year.
Students must be nominated or seek nomination for the New York Beat the Odds Scholarship Program by/from a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or other adult who can speak to the following: his/her character, academic achievement, commitment to social justice issues/community, and the tremendous odds he/she beats every day.
For consideration in the New York Beat The Odds Scholarship Program, students must;
APPLICATION DEADLINE: By 5:00PM on Friday, January 30, 2015.
Complete the CDF-NY Beat the Odds Scholarship Application online. See below.