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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 $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. Learn more about the CDF-OH Beat the Odds program.