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About Beat the Odds

Beat the Odds is an annual fund-raising event and scholarship program that celebrates youth 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 youth in our community and recognize their ability to overcome difficulties. The event also provides an opportunity to highlight the support networks and people who reach out to help. For local businesses and leaders, it is an opportunity to help college bound students achieve their dream by supporting this fund-raising event.

Who Benefits from Beat the Odds?

The Beat the Odds scholarship program awards four deserving young individuals from the Rochester and surrounding areas, a $2,500 scholarship to the accredited college of their choice. These remarkable students have 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 fourteen years of celebrating student success, our Beat the Odds Scholarship Program has provided over $178,000 in scholarships to recipients. Proceeds from the event also provide the RCTC Foundation with resources to support RCTC students and programs.

Support Beat the Odds

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. Individual tickets are priced at $100 and table sponsorship levels range from $400-$5,000.  We also welcome in-kind donations that can be raffled or auctioned at the Beat the Odds Award Ceremony. If you are interested in supporting Beat the Odds, please contact the RCTC Foundation at (507) 281-7770 or download the Sponsorship Form below.

Apply for a Beat the Odds Scholarship

Beat the Odds candidates are nominated by adults in their lives who have stepped in to provide encouragement and support.  

Additional information on the nomination and selection process, is available by downloading our brochure or viewing a recent KAAL-TV story.

Award Criteria:

  1. The student must be a HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR in a Rochester, MN (or surrounding area) high school by fall 2014.
  2. The student must be on track to graduate from high school prior to July 2015.
  3. The student must have plans to attend an accredited post-secondary school in Fall 2015.

Application Process:

Completed application is due by November 3, 2014 and must include:

Interviews are conducted with finalists each fall with selection and notifications to selected recipients by mid-December.


Contact Information

Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation
E-mail: foundation@rctc.edu
Office: (507) 281-7771
Fax: (507) 280-2970


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Last Updated: August 14, 2015

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