Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs to grow and encourage youth, bringing out the best in our future leaders.

College Scholarships

The largest project that we do is the College Scholarship Program.  Our Scholarship Program is intended to help a person reach his or her full potential, and without the help of this scholarship, he or she might not have the opportunity to reach that full potential.

The 2018 Scholarship Program was a success – we awarded scholarships to the top nine applications from Seniors of the Fort Bend ISD High Schools and from Stafford High School:

  • one $5,000
  • one $3,000
  • one $2,000
  • five $1,000.

Click here for the Scholarship Application Form.  It is a fillable PDF format and, when completed, must be submitted along with the other required documents by email to  It can also be printed off and completed by hand, but must then be scanned along with the other required documents and submitted by email.

Complete instructions are in the Application Form.

The deadline for applications will be in April 2019.

Oratorical Contest

This is for students under the age of 19 that are in high school.  The student is required to prepare a four to five minute speech on a given topic – the 32nd annual topic was “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press On To Greater Achievements of the Future”.   The students prepare their own four to five minute speeches and a contest is held during an evening at one of the Sugar Land’s community centers.  The students are judged on the content of their speech, delivery and adherence to the topic and rules.

A Female and a Male winner are chosen as it is boys vs boys and girls vs girls.  Once the winners are chosen, they will compete at the next level.  If they pass that level, they will go on to the final competition.  A female and male winner are chosen – they typically receive a $2,500 scholarship.

The 33rd annual Oratorical Contest was held on April 16th 2015. Miss Optimist Club Oratorical 2015Houston was on hand to help judge the contest.

High School Essay Contest

This is for students under the age of 19 that are in high school.  The students write an original essay of 700 to 800 words around a central idea that is provided by Optimist International each year.  The 32nd annual Central idea was:  “Optimism Should be a Priority”.    The rules are the same for every student that enters.

  • Each essay is written on the Official Topic
  • Must be between 700 to 800 words
  • Essays are judged by Club members and are graded / judged for material organization, vocabulary and style, grammar, punctuation and spelling, neatness, adherence to contest rules, etc.

After a winner at our club level is selected, they are notified and our Club gives the first, second and third place finishers a Group Pic 5monetary prize (typically around $150 for first place and around $75 for the second and third place finishers along with a certificate).  The winner’s essay is sent to the District Chairperson.  The essay is then judged at the District level against essays from other clubs in our District.  The essay coming in 1st place at the District level typically wins a scholarship for $2,500 from Optimist International.  In the past years the Fort Bend Optimist Club of Sugar Land has had several winners.

Youth Appreciation BanquetPhoto 1

The Fort Bend Optimist Club of Sugar Land offered a $1000 scholarship to one graduating Senior from each of the Fort Bend High Schools through a competition against their fellow peers. Two graduating seniors (one Male and one Female) were honored for their outstanding Community Service. The Community Service Award honorees were selected by their teachers and counselors.


The 33rd annual Youth Appreciation Banquet was held at the Sweetwater Country Club on Tuesday, April 21st which honored each school’s Scholarship winner and Community Service honorees. The Optimist Club Youth Appreciation 2015selected students, parents and faculty were invited to the banquet.

Leadership Program for High School Sophomores

Shoes & School Supplies for Underprivileged Children

Boy Scout Troop Sponsorship

And Other Youth Projects

Holiday Gift donations