WHO: any college or trade school bound high school senior or returning college or trade school student who is/was a student at TR South High School or is a resident of Manitou Park in Berkeley Township.

WHAT: $500 scholarship

WHEN: spring 2023: submission date April 30, 2023

HOW: Submit application along with the following not later than April 30, 2023:

                        (application & information may be found at or on

                        FB at the South Toms River Optimist Club page.)

1) Applicant’s original essay, 700 – 800 words, on the theme Is there a person in your life who makes you feel optimistic? How is that important to you?Essay may not be published elsewhere prior to April 2023 and may be used by the STR Area Optimist Club, in whole or in part, for promotional purposes.


            2) Applicant’s current transcripts or GPA/grade report

            3) A brief report of applicant’s extracurricular activities.

            Winning essay will be judged, 50% on essay content, 30% on literary skills, 20% on applicant’s overall academic performance; GPA, etc. A five point preference will be given to South Toms River or Manitou Park residents. Proof of acceptance to a college, university, or trade school will be required before the scholarship will be issued to the winner.

            Essay must be double spaced, preferably typed or printed and must be submitted with the application and transcripts by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by USPS to STR Area Optimist Club 2022 Scholarship   16 Hummel Dr.   South Toms River, NJ 08757 and must be received by midnight on April 30, 2023.