Join CDF-Ohio and former Beat the Odds honorees, Alberto Jones and Sara Abou Rashed as we celebrate the resilience and courage of our five 2019 Beat the Odds Ohio high school seniors who are beating the odds and demonstrating leadership both inside and outside the classroom. Hear from our extraordinary honorees and watch the premier of the impactful videos that capture the true inspiration behind their stories.
The Beat the Odds® Award Ceremony helps raise awareness about the challenges facing Ohio’s young people and the need for continued investment and advocacy.
The Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic commitment and given back to their communities. CDF-Ohio provides a $5,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, and an invitation to join CDF’s youth leadership development programs.
Beat the Odds® scholarship applications are available in fall* via CDF-Ohio’s website. In spring, after a competitive review process, five Ohio high school seniors are selected as CDF-Ohio’s Beat the Odds® scholars. These students are introduced and honored at the Beat the Odds® Award Ceremony where their powerful stories of resilience, courage, determination and hope serve as a stirring reminder and call to action for change-makers, policy makers, and every one of us to renew our commitment to children. They are a reminder that no one should ever give up on a child.