In 1975, a scholarship program was introduced – thanks to Les and Betty Knapp who, for many years, raised and sold plants to help support this worthwhile effort.  Our first scholarship ($2,000) was awarded to Tracey W. Ward, a Northern High School graduate who attended Temple University Business School.

Today the Optimist Club awards three scholarships each year. Over the past 43 years, the Calvert Optimist Scholarship Program has awarded $278,250 in scholarships to graduates of Calvert County Public Schools. The scholarships are judged on the completion of an application and an essay. Applications will be available at the Guidance Offices of all Calvert County High Schools and here on our website on the 1st of February of each year.

2020 Scholarship Winners Announced

Brandi E. Bohrer of Huntingtown was selected as the winner of the Les Knapp Scholarship valued at $8,000. Brandi is a graduate of Huntingtown High School and will attend the College of Southern Maryland this fall majoring in Special Education.

The Jim King Scholarship, valued at $6,000, was awarded to Natalie C. Flanders of Prince Frederick.  Natalie graduated from Calvert High School and will be attending Towson University this fall, majoring in Secondary Education and Mathematics beginning in the fall.  

Emily Peterson of Dunkirk was chosen as the recipient of the Career/Vocational/Technological Scholarship valued at $3,000. graduated from Northern High School.  Emily is majoring in Baking, Pastry and Culinary Arts at Anne Arundel Community College this fall.