Beat the Odds is an annual fund-raising event and scholarship program that pays tribute to high school seniors OR first-year RCTC students who have overcome tremendous odds to become personally and academically successful. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the struggles of many students in our community and recognize their ability to overcome difficulties. The event also provides an opportunity to highlight the support networks and advocates who supported them on their journey. For local businesses and community leaders, it is an opportunity to help college bound students achieve their dream of higher education by supporting this fund-raising event.
The Beat the Odds scholarship program awards deserving students from the Rochester and surrounding areas, a $2,500 scholarship to attend Rochester Community and Technical College. To be eligible for a Beat the Odds scholarship, candidates must be a high school senior or a first-year RCTC student who has overcome obstacles such as personal or family hardships, abuse, neglect, poverty, disabilities, or language and cultural barriers. Despite their challenges, these students have persevered and endeavored to become personally and academically successful and are preparing for the next step in life of attending college.
In its seventeen years of celebrating student success, our Beat the Odds Scholarship Program has awarded over $221,650 in scholarships to 143 amazing Beat the Odds recipients. Proceeds from the event also provide the RCTC Foundation with resources to administer scholarships and support RCTC programs.
Contributions for this worthy cause may be made through monetary donations or by purchasing table sponsorships or tickets to the Beat the Odds event held in January. Table sponsorship levels range from $500-$5,000 and individual tickets are priced at $100 or two for $175. We also welcome in-kind donations that can be raffled or auctioned at the Beat the Odds Scholarship Ceremony. If you are interested in supporting Beat the Odds, please contact the RCTC Foundation at (507) 281-7771 or download the Sponsorship Form below.
Beat the Odds high school candidates are nominated by adults (i.e. guidance counselors, mentors, etc.) in their lives who have stepped in to provide encouragement and support. Current first year RCTC students must be currently enrolled at RCTC and are nominated by an advisor, instructor or other adult who can attest to their ability to overcome struggles.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST:
Be a high school SENIOR in a Rochester, or surrounding area, high school by Fall 2017.
Be on track to graduate from high school prior to July 2018.
Plan to attend RCTC in Fall of 2018
Eligible high school student must be nominated by an adult who can attest to their ability to overcome struggles. A completed application includes:
FIRST YEAR RCTC STUDENTS MUST:
- Be a first year RCTC student currently enrolled.
- Plan to continue at RCTC in Fall 2018
Eligible first-year RCTC students must be nominated by an advisor, instructor or other adult who can attest to their ability to overcome struggles. A completed application includes:
- Nominator form and recommendation
- RCTC Student application and essay
- RCTC DARS report
- High School transcript
Additional information on the nomination and selection process, is available by downloading our brochure.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 30, 2017
Interviews are conducted with semi-finalists each fall. Selection and notifications to are sent to finalists by mid-December.
Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation
Office: (507) 281-7771
Fax: (507) 280-2970
Save the date for the 18th Annual Beat the Odds Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, January 11, 2018.