Seeking Nominations for Beat the Odds Scholarships

The scholarship nomination and application process for the sixteenth annual Beat the Odds Scholarship Award Program is open through October 30, 2015. Beat the Odds Scholarships honors local high school seniors OR first-year RCTC students who have overcome significant odds to become personally and academically successful.

The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the struggles of many youth in our community and recognize their ability to overcome these challenges. Selected students will be honored as recipients of a $2,500 scholarship to attend Rochester Community and Technical College.

The January 14, 2016, award ceremony also provides the opportunity to highlight the support networks and mentors who reached out to help these outstanding recipients. A video featuring the students and their stories will be presented at the event.

To be eligible, a student must be a

  1. A high school senior who is on track to graduate in June 2016 and has plans to attend Rochester Community and Technical College for Fall of 2016.
  2. A current RCTC first-year student, who is currently enrolled at RCTC as a first year student in Fall of 2015 and plan to continue at RCTC for Fall 2016.

Student applications and Nominator forms are available on the RCTC Foundation website at or by contacting the RCTC Foundation at 507-281-7771.

Completed submissions must accompany a Nominator form with a letter of recommendation and a Student application including essay and transcripts. Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2015 to:  RCTC Foundation Beat the Odds Program, 851 – 30th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Community businesses and leaders provide funding for the Beat the Odds scholarships and awards event with remaining funds raised benefiting the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation, organizer of the recognition.

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