Beat the Odds Program

The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. Annually, CDF-Ohio identifies five Ohio high school students to honor and support by providing each with a college scholarship, a laptop computer, an invitation to join CDF's youth leadership development programs, and other support. For consideration in the Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship program, an applicant must:-Be a current high school junior in Ohio attending a public, charter or alternative high school-Be nominated or seek nomination from a teacher, counselor, caseworker, or other adult who can speak to the student's challenges-Have overcome significant obstacles such as, but not limited to, poverty, disability, homelessness, or abuse-Demonstrate participation in school activities, community organizations, employment and/or community service-Have a current G.P.A. of 3.0 or higherFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $5,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

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