The Washington, D.C. Beat the Odds® program is run out of our National Office and honors five high school students per year from the Washington, D.C. region. Program participants are selected at the end of their sophomore year and are honored at the Beat the Odds event in November of their senior year.
Each honoree receives:
- Access to leadership development, mentorship and programming through our network and programs
- Varying levels of Individualized support throughout the college application and financial aid processes
- $10,000 scholarship for higher education expenses
- Laptop computer
- Short documentary about their life (screened at the Beat the Odds event)
If you are interested in volunteering with the program or mentoring a high school or college student, please fill out our interest form.
Since it began in 1990, this program has served more than 100 young people and is currently supporting 30 high school and college students with programming and scholarships. Alumni have gone on to successful careers as teachers, public servants, engineers and doctors. Many remain in the D.C. area as valuable resources for the next generation of Beat the Odds Program participants.
Application for the next cohort of Beat the Odds honorees is now closed.
Get notified when application becomes available.
Questions about the Washington, D.C. Beat the Odds Program? Please contact BTO@childrensdefense.org.
“My family has extended to include everyone involved in the Beat the Odds Program.”
-Jonathan Benitez (2017 Beat the Odds Honoree)
“Having [the Beat the Odds Program] at CDF to support me has been like a breath of fresh air. I didn’t know what to do on my own, but now I have so many people in my corner.”
-Tallya Rhodes (2017 Beat the Odds Honoree)