The CDF Beat the Odds awards program recognizes extraordinary high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life, achieved academic excellence, and demonstrated community service.

Each year, through a meticulous review process, deserving high school students are selected for a CDF Beat the Odds scholarship. Each winner receives a $5,000 towards college, a laptop or tablet, leadership development, and additional supports from CDF.  

The CDF Beat the Odds award program helps to raises awareness about the challenges facing children and the need for continued advocacy and investment. The individual experiences and stories of the youths honored inform CDF's ongoing efforts to shape policies and change the odds for all children in Texas.

Since 1999, generous community support has enabled CDF-Texas to award more than 125 scholarships to outstanding youths in Texas. Many recipients have gone on to pursue advanced degrees and positions of leadership in communities across the country while staying involved in CDF's youth leadership network for children.

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High School Seniors:
Apply for a Beat the Odds Scholarship


Attend the Beat the Odds Celebration


Donate to the Beat the Odds Program


Hear Beat the Odds Scholars Tell Their Stories

Applications for the CDF-Texas Beat the Odds scholarship are due by 5:00pm on Friday December 5, 2014.   Our 15th anniversary Beat the Odds Awards took place May 6th, 2014 in Houston. Stay tuned for a 2015 event date! TBD   Your donation not only helps award college scholarships to youth beating the odds, but enables CDF's important work for all Texas children to continue.    The courageous stories of our Beat the Odds scholars help raise awareness about the challenges facing Texas children and provide inspiration for others in need of hope.
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