Deadline: May 25, 2018
Amount: $1500
Application: New Dundee Optimist Club Scholarship Application

Purpose of the Award

To recognize a student whose volunteer commitment over and above that required within the school curriculum has benefited others in the school or community. (This award is not marks-based and focuses on youth who have volunteered their time and their talents.)

To foster in youth the belief that the giving of oneself in service to others will advance the well-being of both the individual and his/her community.

To honour the Optimist Club of New Dundee HERO (a local adult volunteer)

The Award

A member of the Optimist Club will present a cheque and certificate at the recipient’s Commencement.

The recipient’s name, along with the name of this year’s HERO and the local business sponsors, will be engraved on a plaque that will be permanently displayed in the New Dundee Community Centre

Eligibility Criteria

A student who:

  • Is graduating or has graduated from secondary school
  • Lives in the New Dundee Public School catchment area
  • Has enrolled in or been accepted by a recognized post-secondary educational institution for the coming year (College, University, Trade School, Etc.)
  • Has been actively involved in voluntary service as a leader, coach, organizer, contributor, etc., beyond the voluntary service required within the school curriculum or within the for-credit hours of a co-op work placement.

Selection Procedure

The student will submit an application to:

Helen Lammers-Helps, Scholarship Chair
Optimist Club of New Dundee
PO Box 1
New Dundee ON N0B 2EO
Ph: 519-500-8216 Email:

The application must be accompanied by

  • A letter of recommendation from one of a teacher, guidance counselor, principal or vice-principal of the applicant’s secondary school, and
  • A letter from an adult supervisor or coordinator from at least one organization with which the applicant has performed volunteer service.

The application and letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline. Please include your email address, as we will confirm the receipt of your application.

The Scholarship Chair, another Optimist Club member, and a representative from the New Dundee Community will review applications. Final selection will be made through an interview process.
In a year when the selection committee determines that no applicants meet the eligibility criteria, the scholarship will not be awarded.

The application can be in point-form but requires a total of hours for each organization – i.e. 2 hours a week for 30 weeks = 60 hours.

A successful applicant will be able to demonstrate diversity in their volunteering, benefit to the local community and a driving desire to assist. These skills will be evident not only in the hours that they have volunteered but by the people they have assisted.