The OAKS Event (formerly Beat the Odds)

Save the date for next year’s OAKS Event on Thursday, January 10, 2019!

About The OAKS Event

The OAKS The OAKS Event, which stands of Overcoming Adversity Keeping Strong, 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 purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the struggles of many students in our community and recognize their ability to overcome difficulties.

Who Benefits from an OAKS Scholarship?

The OAKS 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, 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.

Since the program, formerly called Beat the Odds, began 17 years ago, more than $200,000 in scholarships have been awarded to more than 100 students!

Support The OAKS Event

Contributions for this worthy cause may be made through monetary donations or by purchasing table sponsorships or tickets to The OAKS Event held in January. Sponsorship information and secure online payments are available by clicking on the link below!

Apply for an OAKS Scholarship

Check back soon! Scholarship Applications Accepted in the Fall of 2018!

 

Qualifications

High School Students Must:

  • Be a high school SENIOR in a Rochester, or surrounding area, high school by Fall 2018.
  • Be on track to graduate from high school prior to July 2019.
  • Plan to attend RCTC in Fall of 2019

Eligible high school student must be nominated by an adult who can attest to their ability to overcome struggles. A completed application includes:

  1. Nominator form and recommendation
  2. High School Student application and essay
  3. High School transcript

 

First-Year RCTC Students Must:

  • Be a first year RCTC student currently enrolled.
  • Plan to continue at RCTC in Fall 2019

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:

  1. Nominator form and recommendation
  2. RCTC Student application and essay
  3. RCTC DARS report
  4. High School transcript

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