Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program
The Beat the Odds® scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities and aspire to attend college. Each year, through a competitive review process, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota selects five of the most deserving Twin Cities-area high school students for a Beat the Odds scholarship to be put toward college expenses. This year's recipients will each receive $5,000.
CDF-MN's annual Beat the Odds celebration recognizes the scholarship recipients and helps raise awareness about the significant challenges facing Minnesota's children and the need for continued investment and advocacy. The individual experiences and stories of the young people honored at the event inform CDF-MN's ongoing efforts to shape policy and change the odds for all children.
Since 1993, CDF-MN has awarded more than 300 scholarships to outstanding youth in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The celebration raises needed funding to sustain the organization's Leave No Child Behind® mission.
Please show your support for these high school students by giving as generously as you can.
Beat the Odds® Awards Celebration
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25th Annual Beat the Odds® Awards Celebration
Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program
James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall
Anderson Student Center, 3rd Floor
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Meet Our Past Honorees