Antelope Valley School District

Beat The Odds

About CDF- CA- Beat the Odds-


The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Scholarship program honors young people who are overcoming tremendous adversity, demonstrate academic excellence and give back to their communities. We provide deserving high school sophomores in Los Angeles with the financial, academic and personal support necessary to matriculate and succeed in college and beyond - including up to $10,000 in scholarship money, on-going mentoring, internship referrals, leadership development, and career guidance. Since 1990, over 700 students across the nation have been admitted to the program and awarded scholarships. Alumni of the program have graduated from some of the nation's most competitive colleges and universities and serve in a diverse range of occupations.


Each year the CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program selects ten high school sophomores who are overcoming tremendous adversity, demonstrating academic excellence and giving back to their communities. Program participants receive the following support needed to matriculate and succeed in college and beyond:

  • College test preparation
  • Access to workshops focused on financial aid, financial literacy and essay writing
  • College counseling and mentoring
  • Access to college fairs
  • Internship referrals
  • Career, and life skills development
  • Assistance with the college or post-secondary education enrollment process

Through a rigorous and competitive interview process, the program's selection committee will determine each participant's scholarship amount at $1,000 or $10,000. The top five scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual CDF Beat the Odds Awards gala in December 2018. Additionally, professional, autobiographical films of the top five will be produced and shown during the awards ceremony.

Please note all services are offered in the City of Los Angeles and are subject to change.



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Brittney Lewis- a Lope that has " Beat The Odds" - Watch the Video



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Lopes who have Beat the Odds:


Brittney Lewis    $10,000

Irene  Ramos    $1000

Jacob Estrada   $1000