Beat the Odds Scholarship Nominations Due January 28, 2011

Dear Community Leader:

As someone with a strong network of advocates of young people experiencing overwhelming obstacles, the Children’s Defense Fund- California invites you to share the following opportunity with your network or participate in the Los Angeles Beat the Odds Scholarship Program by nominating a 2011 scholarship recipient. To download the application click here.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 37 years 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.

Since 1990, CDF has awarded Beat the Odds scholarships to high school students across the country that are working hard to overcome tremendous obstacles in their personal lives, demonstrate academic excellence, and give back to their communities.

High school juniors must be nominated for the Los Angeles Beat the Odds Scholarship Program by a teacher, counselor, caseworker, coach, or other adult in a student’s life who can speak to his/her character, academic success, community service, and the tremendous odds he/she beats every day. Ten students will be selected from the nomination pool for interviews scheduled during March 2011. Based on the interviews, the Beat the Odds selection committee will determine the five finalists and five semi-finalists who will receive the following:

Five finalists will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, intensive SAT preparation, case management services, career and college counseling assistance, service, internship and job opportunities, leadership and public speaking training courses, college tours, and other goods and services that will provide the finalists academic and personal support through the college or post-secondary education matriculation process.

Five semi-finalists will each receive a $1,000 scholarship, limited SAT preparation, a college counseling session, and access to CDF’s network of opportunities.

*Please note that all services are offered in the city of Los Angeles.

The five finalists will also be honored at the 21st Annual Beat the Odds Awards, a gala style dinner and awards ceremony in the winter of 2011. Professional, autobiographical films of each finalists’ story will be produced and shown at the dinner. These films may also be shared with the media, sponsors, supporters and the broader public and may also be posted on www.cdfca.org and on www.childrensdefense.org. You can find videos of the 2010 Beat the Odds Honorees on www.cdfca.org.

The following nomination packet must be completed by both the nominator and the scholarship applicant and sent with the required signatures (scanned) and emailed to dfisher@childrensdefense.org by 5:00pm on Friday, January 28.

The link to the application is also on www.cdfca.org. You have to scroll down to “Beat the Odds.”