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.

The deadline to apply for an OAKS Scholarship was Thursday, October 31, 2019.  Please phone the Foundation office for more information.

CONTACT US:
Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation
E-mail: foundation@rctc.edu
Office: (507) 281-7771