Awarded to Fitchburg residents pursuing higher education who are involved working and/or volunteering with youth in
the community. The Fitchburg Optimist Club is a group of dedicated volunteers from Fitchburg, WI with the mission of
“Bringing out the Best in Kids”. We’re pleased to award 2 scholarships, each in the amount of $1000 to students who
are committed to community service and helping “bring out the best” in area youth.
Eligibility: Open to residents of the City of Fitchburg age 21 or under who will be continuing their education in 2020. The
winners are each awarded $1000 toward their education/training and there is a potential for an additional secondary
Applications are now being accepted and are due at the end of March. Winner will be announced and contacted in Late
April or early May.
1) When is the deadline for the scholarship application?
The deadline for the application is 10 PM on Sunday, March 29th. Applications must be RECEIVED by this time either online or
by mail. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
2) Who is eligible to Apply for the 2020 Fitchburg Optimist Club Scholarship for Community Service?
All high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students at vocational or
trade schools who meet the requirements below are eligible. Requirements: US Citizen or Permanent Resident living in
Fitchburg, WI, 21 years old or younger as of 3/29/2020, and accepted into an accredited academic/training program to start in
the summer or fall of 2020.
3) Do I have to be enrolled in High School currently to apply?
No, as long as you are either currently in H.S. or hold a H.S. Diploma or equivalent and are accepted into an accredited
academic or training program for the fall of 2020.
4) How can I maximize my chances of receiving this scholarship?
a) Start your application early and complete it on time. The earlier you start the application, the better chance you have to submit
the application before the deadline. You also have more time to ask us questions in case any part of the process needs
b) Tell us about yourself and use specific details when sharing your extracurricular activities. We do not know anything about you
until you share it with us. Specific details can help us understand your greatness and involvement. The same can be said about
your short essays. We don’t expect the essays to run too long but make sure your essay helps us learn more about you and your
perspectives. Provide lists as you see fit so we can gauge your level of involvement.
c) Review your application for accuracy, grammar, and spelling errors.
5) I don’t have a very high GPA. Do I have any chance of receiving this scholarship?
Yes, we take many factors into consideration when determining your candidacy for the scholarship. Community service
experience, your reference(s), the level of involvement with youth, and other strengths are all taken into account in the
decision making process.