Foundation Scholarships

Image of Student with CertificateThe RCTC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to incoming, returning, and graduating students. All scholarships offered through the RCTC Foundation are made possible by generous donors who provide scholarships to students who might not otherwise have the resources to pursue higher education. Most RCTC students juggle multiple responsibilities — balancing work, family and career preparation.  Especially in difficult times, a scholarship can make all the difference.

Many students leave RCTC less in debt, thanks to a Foundation scholarship!

  • More than 200 students receive scholarships each year.
  • Awards start at $100 and range as high as $3,000 with $1,000 being the most common amount.
  • Follow the directions and write thoughtful and articulate statements or essays.
  • Information provided on scholarship applications is confidential and used only to select scholarship recipients.
  • Students can make changes to their applications until the portal closes.

Our online scholarship application portal is currently closed and will reopen later this year.

Applicant guide for the scholarship portal and process.

Information on scholarships NOT awarded through the RCTC Foundation: Outside Scholarship Information.

Scholarship Awards

The online scholarship application portal for the 2018-2019 academic year will be open from December 26, 2017 through 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2018. Students receiving awards will be notified by e-mail to their official RCTC student e-mail address at the beginning of April.   Students who are not selected will be notified by e-mail no later than May 15 to their official RCTC student e-mail address.

Scholarship Awards Ceremony

At the Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony in May, scholarship recipients are recognized for their achievement and donors for their support, during two presentation sessions in the Performance Court of the Regional Sports Center.   Family and friends of award recipients are invited to attend the ceremony and to share this celebration with the RCTC Foundation.

For additional information on the ceremony or guest information, please visit the Scholarship Awards Ceremony webpage at Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Scholarships are important because they act as an incentive to attract or retain top quality students in our community.  Many of them want the advantage of attending a small college that is capable of providing individual attention.  A significant number are non-traditional students looking to expand their opportunities and abilities with additional education.  Others are seeking certification or training to enter the workforce with a marketable skill.

No matter what the reason for attending Rochester Community and Technical College, scholarships change lives!

RCTC Foundation Contact Information: 

Deb Ward, Executive Director
Office: (507) 281-7771
Fax: (507) 280-2970