CDF-NY Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program

The CDF-New York Beat the Odds® scholarship program 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.

Ten juniors and sophomores will be selected from the nomination pool, and will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships provided by the Children’s Defense Fund-New York during their senior year.

CDF-New York Beat The Odds scholarship recipients receive the following:

  • A college scholarship;
  • 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® program, Young Advocate Leadership Training® (YALT®) and internships; and
  • Membership to an extensive Beat the Odds alumni network.