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


WHAT: $500 scholarship


WHEN: spring 2021: submission date May 20, 2021


HOW: Submit application along with the following not later than May 20, 2021:


                        (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

“What does optimism mean to you and how can it help you reach your goals?” Essay may not be published elsewhere prior to May 2021 and may be used by the STR Area Optimist Club, in whole or in part, for promotional purposes.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 or university 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 2021 Scholarship   16 Hummel Dr.   South Toms River, NJ 08757

             and must be received by May 20, 2021.