Scholarships & Awards

TCC Scholarship is scheduled for the Spring of 2024

In 2014, the Optimist Club of Fort Worth set out to reward a group of great students who at this point in their lives were undecided or not financially capable of attending a fully credited four-year college. So TCC and OCFW set out to award scholarships for students to attend any TCC campus for two years. This scholarship is funded through Christmas tree lot sales, other fund raisers and private donations to our organization. Last year, OCFW awarded 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to qualifying students attending TCC in their first year. The Tarrant County College Foundation matched these scholarships to students attending TCC in their second year. See below for Details and Applications. Winners are announced in May at the noon luncheon.

Click here to download the TCC Scholarship Details as a .docx

Click here to download the TCC Scholarship Application as a .docx

Click here to download the TCC Scholarship Details as a pdf

Click here to download the TCC Scholarship Application as a pdf


The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International and the Optimist Club of Fort Worth to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person's personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.  In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.  Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future.   As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them.  This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships and awards at the same time.

The guidelines (available through the Optimist International website) require that contestants be under age 19 and have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.  Club winners advance to the district to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. At the local level, cash awards are given for:  First Place $750, Second Place $500, and Third Place $250.


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The Optimist Club of Fort Worth’s Scholastics, Sportsmanship and Athletic (SSA) Scholarships are to be given annually to graduating seniors from a Fort Worth ISD high school who exhibit outstanding qualities as scholars, sportsmen and athletes and meet the requirements set out below.  These scholarships recognize students who are well rounded and  have excelled in all three areas during their high school career.  
This is the cornerstone of the OCFW’s scholarship programs.  It has been given annually for over 60 years.  One eligible candidate is chosen from each of the Ft Worth ISD high schools. Since 2014 OCFW has been able to fund a scholarship for each chosen candidate.  This year scholarships will total $30,000 with 1st place at $10,000, 2nd place $6000, 3 place $3000 and the other 11 schools $1000 each.


To qualify for the scholarship, the winners must:

1. Have academically completed all four (4) years in a Fort Worth ISD high school and are in the top 25% of their graduating class;

2. Have maintained an unblemished record for sportsmanship on the athletic field and in contact with coaches, game officials and opposing players and teammates; and

3. Have engaged in athletics for at least two of the last three years.

Click to download our newsletter and read about the scholarship winners from 2019!