Alfonso came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 15 by himself to pursue his dream of becoming a computer engineer. He balances high school with work to pay rent and send money back to his parents.
Christina witnessed extreme violence before she and her family fled Syria to escape the escalating threat of ISIS. She saw surgeons save lives, and now she wants to become one.
Jose grew up dreaming of becoming a professional soccer player, but became stricken with a rare illness that put him in a wheelchair. Now his goal is to study computer science and score a job at Nike or Microsoft.
Despite the different hardships, turmoil, and heartache these teens have faced, they share this: They're exceptional students, courageous human beings, and Stand for Children's Beat the Odds scholarship recipients. Meet the full class of 2020 Portland Beat the Odds Scholars.
Tonight, we will celebrate these 18 remarkable students and their never-give-up attitude.
Beat the Odds scholars have faced homelessness, violence, loss, and other circumstances so unimaginable, you wouldn't blame them for giving up — but they never have. These students have cleared every hurdle in their path, and soon, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and donors, they'll be headed to college to continue chasing their dreams.