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Beat The Odds® Application

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.

INTRODUCTION

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. 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

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.

While in the New York Beat The Odds Scholarship Program, all scholars will receive the following:

  • One-on-one college counseling, career guidance, SAT preparation, opportunity to tour colleges, life skills & leadership development;
  • Support services throughout their high school and college career; including ongoing mentoring, internship placements and career guidance;
  • Opportunities to participate in CDF-NY policy and programs; CDF Freedom Schools, Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT) and internships; and
  • Membership to an extensive BTO alumni network.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

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;

  1. Be a current high school sophomore or junior who resides in or attends school within the five New York City boroughs;
  2. Has overcome significant obstacles such as, but not limited to, poverty, disability, homelessness or abuse;
  3. Has achieved/maintained a grade point average showing improvement or success; There is no GPA requirement;
  4. Following graduation, attend college/university;
  5. Demonstrate commitment to your community and/or social justice issues; and
  6. Attend mandatory workshops, meetings, interviews and award ceremony if selected.

All nominees must agree to share their story on camera.  You can find videos of the 2014 Beat the Odds honorees on www.cdfny.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: By 5:00PM on Friday, December 5, 2014.

TO APPLY

Complete the CDF-NY Beat the Odds Scholarship Application online.  See below.

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