The OAKS Scholarship Event

The OAKS (Overcoming Adversity Keeping Strong) Scholarship Event is an annual fundraising event and scholarship program that pays tribute to students who have overcome tremendous odds to become personally and academically successful. The recipients of an OAKS Scholarship are awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help offset the cost of their tuition at Rochester Community and Technical College.

We are hosting our 20th event on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Rochester International Event Center. In the past, this event has raised more than $290,000 and has provided scholarships to 138 amazing RCTC students. This year we are hoping to raise $69,000 and we are hoping that you can help us reach our goal.

Sponsorships and tickets are now available on our OAKS Eventbrite Sponsorship/Ticket page:

Please note that there are fees associated with using a credit card and online payment on Eventbrite. If you do not wish to pay the fees please print the 2020 OAKS Sponsorship Form and send it along with your payment of cash or check to:

RCTC Foundation
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Watch Our Students’ Stories

Beth Leeper fights and she survives and she thrives. Beth has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and was diagnosed when she was in middle school. She has undergone chemotherapy and credits her amazing team of doctors and her support system with helping her get ready for high school graduation. Beth plans to become a Child Life specialist and work with children and their families who are in hospitals dealing with rough times like she has experienced. Click on the video to see how Beth has become a survivor and an inspiration.

RCTC Foundation OAKS videos produced by Fagan Studios of Rochester, Minnesota.


Apply for an OAKS Scholarship

The OAKS is a unique scholarship program and fundraising event that pays tribute to high school seniors and first-year RCTC students from the Rochester and surrounding communities who have encountered obstacles (such as personal or family hardships, abuse, neglect, medical issues, disabilities, chemical dependency, or language and cultural barriers) and despite these struggles, have become both personally and academically successful. Six finalists receive a $2,500 scholarship award for Rochester Community and Technical College. We hold an inspiring celebration that honors these recipients and those who have supported them and nominated them for the award.

To be eligible, a student must be:

  1. A high school senior who is on track to graduate in June 2020 and has plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College in Fall of 2020.
  2. A student who is currently enrolled at RCTC and is attending as a first-year student and plans to continue at RCTC in Fall of 2020.

Each student must have a nominator. If you know a student who meets these criteria, please consider nominating them for this distinguished award.

To Apply – Please download and fill out the appropriate application/form below:

2020 OAKS High School Senior Application

2020 OAKS First Year RCTC Student Application

2020 OAKS Nominator Form

The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Please send your completed application, nominator form and essays to:

RCTC Foundation
851 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904

or via email to:

Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation
Office: (507) 281-7771