With the help of our generous donors, the RCTC Foundation awards more than 250 students with scholarships to attend RCTC annually. Scholarships are designated for incoming students (have never attended RCTC), returning students, and graduating/transferring students (planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university after graduation). They range in value from $200 to $5,000 and are usually divided equally between Fall and Spring semesters. Students majoring in Accounting, Business, Dental, Fine Arts, Healthcare, Liberal Arts & Sciences, STEM, and Technical/Trade programs will have access to over 140 scholarships.

The online scholarship application portal is closed. Recipients will be notified in late March/early April. To view your account please follow the link under Apply for Scholarships listed below.

Workforce Development Scholarships – Available for Applications on April 1, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature created the Workforce Development Scholarship program in 2017 to combat the shortage of skilled employees in several sectors critical to the state’s economy. The program was expanded in 2019 as an incentive for more Minnesotans to pursue education leading to employment in six target industries with acute worker shortages. For the year 2020, Rochester Community and Technical College will be a recipient of 85 of these scholarships. The scholarships, worth $2,500 each, will be eligible to incoming and returning RCTC students for online applications beginning on April 1. Applicants must be a graduate of a Minnesota high school and current Minnesota resident.  RCTC students who were awarded a scholarship for Fall 2019 semester are also eligible to apply again if they have completed two academic terms with a minimum of nine credits each and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Eligible programs include:

Advanced Manufacturing:

  • Computer Aided Drafting – AAS
  • Welding Technology – Certificate*


  • Veterinary Technician – AAS

Early Childhood:

  • Child, Youth and Family Studies – AS

Healthcare Services:

  • Administrative Office Professional – Diploma
  • Advanced Hospital Nursing Assistant – Certificate*
  • Alcohol and Drug Counseling – Certificate and AS
  • Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist – AAS
  • Coding Specialist – Diploma
  • Dental Assistant – Diploma and AAS
  • Dental Hygiene – AAS
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Certificate
  • Emergency Medicine Paramedic – AS
  • Executive Office Professional – AS
  • Health Information Technology – AAS
  • Healthcare Office Professional – Certificate, Diploma and AAS
  • Histology Technician – AS
  • Nursing – AS
  • Practical Nursing – Diploma
  • Radiography – AAS
  • Surgical Technology – AAS

Information Technology:

  • Computer Information Systems – AS
  • Computer Science Transfer Pathway – AS


  • Automotive Technician – Diploma
  • Aviation Pilot – AAS

*Due to smaller credit load, students will only be eligible for $1,250

Information on the online application portal will become available on April 1.

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