Echo staff report
The scholarship nomination and application process for the 17th annual Beat the Odds Scholarship Award Program is open through October 31
The Beat the Odds Scholarships honor local high school seniors or first-year RCTC students who have overcome significant odds to become personally and academically successful. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness for the struggles of youth in our community and recognize their ability to overcome these challenges.
Selected students will be honored as recipients of a $2,500 scholarship to attend Rochester Community and Technical College. The scholarship award ceremony on Jan. 12 also provides the opportunity to highlight the support networks and mentors who reached out to help these outstanding recipients. A video featuring the students and their stories will be presented at the event.
To be eligible, a student must be:
• A high school senior who is on track to graduate in June 2016 and has plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College for fall 2017.
• A current RCTC first-year student, who is currently enrolled and plans to continue at RCTC for fall 2017.
Student applications and nominator forms are available on the RCTC Foundation website at www.rctc.edu/foundation/html/beat_the_odds.html or by contacting the RCTC Foundation at 507-281-7771. Completed submissions must accompany a nominator form with a letter of recommendation and a Student application including an essay and transcripts.
Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2016 to: RCTC Foundation Beat the Odds Program, 851 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904.