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Beat the Odds® Program

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 college scholarship, laptop computer, training in leadership development, and additional support from CDF.  

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

Since 1999, generous community support has enabled CDF-Texas to award more than 125 scholarships to outstanding youths in the Dallas and Houston areas. Many recipients have gone on to pursue advanced degrees and positions of leadership in communities across the country.

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Hear the Stories of Scholarship Winners

Applications for the 15th anniversary Texas Beat the Odds scholarship are due by December 6th, 2013.   Mark your calendar! Our 15th anniversary Beat the Odds Awards Luncheon will be held May 6th, 2014 in Houston.   Your donation not only helps CDF-Texas to provide scholarships, but supports continued advocacy for all children facing adversity.    The courageous stories of our scholarship winners help to raise awareness and provide inspiration for others facing similar challenges.
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"Life after graduation has been a great blessing, partly in thanks to Beat the Odds and its donors."  
                                                                                                                                        --  Janeli Hernandez, 2012 Beat the Odds scholar