The OAKS Event (formerly Beat the Odds)


Next year’s OAKS Event is on Thursday, January 10, 2019!

About 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 will be held on Thurs, January 10, 2019 at the International Event Center in Rochester, MN. Beginning at 5 pm there will be dinner, an evening program and a silent auction. 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.

2018 Recipient Shawna Bolinger

Tickets to the OAKS Event are available by selecting the options below. Tickets can also be purchased by phoning the Foundation office at 507-281-7771.

$100 ea
RCTC Faculty & Staff
$50 ea or $87.50 per couple
RCTC Students
Free with valid ID


Contributions for this worthy cause may be made through monetary donations or by purchasing table sponsorships to The OAKS Event.

Apply for an OAKS Scholarship

The deadline to apply was October 31, 2018. Please consider applying next year. 


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