Scholarships

Scholarships

The Optimist Club offers several college scholarships to entering freshmen through the club as well as through Optimist International. Some scholarships are given to winners of various contests such as oratorical and essay while others are given based on need, academics and service to the community.


Essay Contest

The Essay Contest is for students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students will have to compose a 700- to 800-word essay around a central idea. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.

In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year.

If you are someone you know is interested in competing in this contest please click here.

Oratorical Contest

The Oratorical Contest is for students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students will have to prepare a 4-5 minute speech on a pre-assigned topic.

In addition to developing skills in public speaking, participants also have the opportunity to win several college scholarships. For more information, please visit the Optimist International site here.

If you are someone you know is interested in competing in this contest please click here.

Henry Naff

Henry Naff was a dentist and charter member of the Optimist Club of Knoxville. Naff saw the need of providing financial support to local students in continuing their education. Recipients are selected based on need, academics and service to the community.

If you are someone you know is interested in applying to this scholarship please click here.

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