The CDF Beat the Odds scholarship program offers comprehensive, generous financial and educational support to exceptionally promising students in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Five sophomores will be selected from the nomination pool by our Beat the Odds Selection Committee based on their challenges, victories, academic potential and commitment to social justice.

Winners will receive the following:

  • $10,000 scholarship, allocated during college matriculation
  • laptop computer
  • leadership and life skills development
  • college tours
  • guidance through the college admissions process
  • career guidance and other services that provide academic support through college
  • mentoring network
  • induction into the CDF family and invitation to join CDF’s leadership development ladder
  • special recognition at the annual Beat the Odds Awards Gala; and
  • their life story made into a professional, autobiographical film.