Annual Awards Celebration

Meet the 2015 Beat the Odds winners of CDF's scholarship and leadership development program.

2014 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

CDF held the 2014 Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony on November 18 at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., to honor Geoffrey Canada for his service as CDF Board Chair 2008-2014, and five extraordinary young people— Monica Chica, Aquera Gilliam, Diamond May, Hally Moreno, and Carolina Sosa—who have overcome the odds stacked against them to excel academically and give back to their communities in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. The awards ceremony was hosted by Malaak Compton-Rock, CDF Board Member and Founder and Director of The Angelrock Project. Special performances from Sequoia Snyder, an upcoming artist in the Washington Metropolitan area and sophomore at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of Arts, and Bria Walker, an inspiring artist, honor student and senior at the Duke Ellington School of Arts, contributed to an unforgettable evening.

2012 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

CDF held the 2012 Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony on November 15 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., to honor five outstanding young people— Ana Gloribel Pereia, Margaret Hobbins, Kim Tran, Jennifer Jimenez, and Eva Maria Turcios—who have demonstrated academic excellence and the strength and determination to "beat the odds." The awards ceremony was hosted by Byron Pitts, 60 Minutes Correspondent and CBS News Chief National Correspondent. Special performances from Vanessa Renee Williams, renowned gospel singer and recording artist, and Joshua Johnson, tap dance sensation on Dancing with the Stars, contributed to an evening to always be remembered.

2011 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

CDF held the 2011 Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony on November 15 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., to honor five outstanding young people—Thurman Anderson, Andrew Finein, Leland Kraatz, Anh Luong, and Mustafaa Nuraldin—who have demonstrated academic excellence and the strength and determination to "beat the odds." The awards ceremony was hosted by Malik Yoba. Geoffrey Canada, Malaak Compton-Rock, Dr. Judith Lansing Kovler, Dr. Rhondee Benjamin-Johnson and Judge Johanna Fitzpatrick served as presenters.

 

2010 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

On November 9 at the 2010 Beat the Odds Awards Ceremony, CDF honored five outstanding Washington, D.C. area youths who have demonstrated academic excellence and the strength and determination to "beat the odds." The awards ceremony, held at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Ali Wentworth.

 

2009 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

On November 10 at the 2009 Beat the Odds Awards Dinner, CDF honored five outstanding Washington, D.C. area youths who have demonstrated academic excellence and the strength and determination to "beat the odds." The awards ceremony, held at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos.

 

2008 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Luncheon

The 2008 Beat the Odds Awards Luncheon was held on May 19, 2008 to honor five Washington, D.C. area upcoming high school seniors who overcame tremendous adversity to demonstrate academic excellence and give back to their communities. Actress and comedienne Ali Wentworth and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos hosted the event.

 

2007 Scholarship Recipients and Awards Dinner

On October 25, 2007, CDF recognized five outstanding students from the Washington, D.C. area, during the 2007 Beat the Odds Awards Dinner. The event was emceed by Desperate Housewives actor James Denton and hosted by actress and comedienne Ali Wentworth and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos with a performance by singer N'Kenge.