Each year, five Ohio high school students are selected from the applicant pool by our Beat the Odds® Selection Committee based on their financial need, academic achievement, leadership, character and contributions to jobs, family, school and community.

Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship recipients receive the following:

  • A $5,000 college scholarship paid (over four years) directly to the college/university
  • A laptop computer
  • Special recognition at the annual Beat the Odds Ceremony
  • Opportunities to participate in CDF-OH policy and programs, CDF Freedom Schools® program, Young Advocate Leadership Training® (YALT®) and Proctor Institute
  • Membership to an extensive Beat the Odds alumni network