The OAKS Event

The OAKS Event (formerly known as Beat the Odds), stands for 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. Our 2019 event was held on Thursday, January 10, 2019. 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. The OAKS scholarship program awards deserving students from the Rochester and surrounding areas, a $2,500 scholarship to attend Rochester Community and Technical College.

Watch Our Students’ Stories

Experiencing a childhood filled with several challenges can result in an adult who struggles to overcome a painful past. Carroll Harrod, a current RCTC student, has overcome the challenges of his past and broken a cycle of abuse. He is pursuing a career in nursing, after having a career in the military, as an emergency medical technician, and as a firefighter. Click on his video to hear his inspiring story.

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

Contributions for this worthy cause may be made through monetary donations to The OAKS Event.

Apply for an OAKS Scholarship

The deadline to apply was October 31, 2018. Please consider applying in the fall of 2019. 


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