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 Event (formerly known as Beat the Odds), 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.

2018 Recipient Shawna Bolinger

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!

2018 Recipient Susan Miller

Apply for an OAKS Scholarship

The scholarship nomination and application process for the nineteenth annual The OAKS Scholarship Award Program is open through October 31, 2018. The January 10, 2019 scholarship award ceremony also provides the opportunity to highlight mentors who reached out to help these outstanding recipients. A video featuring the students and their stories will be presented at the event.

2018 Recipient Ajay Jorgenson


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

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!

Contact Information
Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation
Office: (507) 281-7771
Fax: (507) 280-2970