High School:
Deadline: December 8, 2018
Amount: $5,000


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 identifies five Ohio high school students to honor and support by providing each with a $5,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, an invitation to join CDF’s youth leadership development programs, and other support. These five extraordinary young people are introduced and honored and their stories of perseverance and determination are shared at an event that helps to raise awareness about the challenges facing Ohio children and the need for continued advocacy and investment. The individual experiences and stories of these young people contribute to CDF’s ongoing efforts to shape policies and change the odds for all children.


For consideration in the Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship program, an applicant must:1. Be a current high school senior in Ohio attending a public, charter or alternative high school; 2 .Be on track to graduate by June 2019; 3. Have overcome significant adversity such as, but not limited to, poverty, disability, homelessness or abuse; 4. Demonstrate academic achievement as well as participation in school activities, community organizations, employment and/or community service; 5. Have a current G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher; and 6. Plan to attend college, university, or vocational school in the fall of 2019.