Scholarship information

The Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club is pleased to offer one 4-yr college scholarship to a 2017 graduating high school senior. The new scholarship replaces one of the current six (since one current scholarship recipient is graduating college).  Each scholarship is $2000 per year ($8000 total). The competition for the scholarship is open to all seniors graduating from high schools in Lee County in 2017.

Application forms are available at all Lee County high schools (see your guidance councilor), at Bailey’s General Store and at Sanibel Café, both on Sanibel, and on the SanCap Optimist website (

Additional information is available by email at or from Stan Howard, 239-472-0836. Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than Thursday, June 7, 2017. The scholarship committee plans to make the final decision by the end of June.The scholarship committee plans to make the final decision by the end of June.

Applicants should be aware that academic records, financial need, extracurricular activities, civic/community service records, and references are integral parts of the selection criteria.  The application package provides exact procedures.

Current scholarship holders from Lee County are: Savar Nasirov (senior) University of Florida; Ramsey Fisher (senior) Florida International University; Peyton Davies (junior) University of Texas at Austin; Andrea Berrian (sophmore) University of Florida; Dara Craig (sophmore) Vanderbilt University.

Because of the generosity of local residents and businesses, these scholarships have increased from $7000 to $8000; existing scholarships will benefit by increasing future payments from $1750 to $2000 per year.

The SanCap Optimist Club also sponsors and supports a number of other activities on the islands with emphasis on kids’ welfare and education. The Club is a 501(c)3 organization.