We raise money to fund scholarships for local high school seniors attending two-year colleges, vocational or technical schools. These students often face serious financial difficulties in purchasing their books, paying school fees, and transportation. Your generosity will help us provide scholarships for these exceptional, deserving students. Click here to donate!

     We awarded $12,500 in May 2019!

The Atascadero Optimist Club is pleased to present 23 scholarships totaling $12,500 this evening. As a part of Optimist International, the Atascadero Club works diligently throughout the year to raise funds to support the Youth in our Community in various projects such as the Joy Playground, scouting, school activities and much more.


Each June a Golf Tournament is held to raise funds for Scholarships for students who will attend community college or vocational Schools.


The largest of the Scholarships is awarded in memory of Dr. Mike McNamara, a 1973 Graduate of AHS. Mike was born with a life threatening disorder that was supposed to take his life by the age of 8. Not to be deterred, he thrived to the age of 60 - leaving a great impact on many lives, literally across the globe.


Locally, he started a low cost counseling agency, helping countless families, children and individuals. Mike was also one of the “instigators” of the Printery Rehabilitation, creating a Performing Arts Center there which will serve as a place to keep our youth involved in positive activities.

When Mike received his Doctoral degree, he was given a special award for the student who overcame great adversity to obtain their degree.


The Optimist Club searches each year for an AHS student who has conquered a great challenge of their own. This year we were pleased to award the Dr. Mike McNamara Memorial Scholarship to: Allexis Adams &  Meghan Calmere for $1000 each.

Five additional Scholarship Categories are given tonight: the first being in honor of a very special former teacher at AHS and a Founder of the Atascadero Optimist Club, Mr. Jerry Tanimoto. These are awarded to:

Olivia Sprouse, Mikenna Goldensmith, Nancy Martinez, Luke Olson and Vincent Louder for $500 each.

The Inspiration Scholarship is awarded to: Crystal Barnes, Caroline Lozon and Nailea Rodriquez.

The Optimism Scholarship is awarded to: Ben Chester, Bronson Sims, Madison Howell and Brooke Stanley


The Community Service Scholarship is awarded to: Cael Cooper , Tara Prendeville and Jessica Schroeder.


The Innovative Scholarship is awarded to: Vincent Crosbie and Gage Neumann

The Achievement Scholarship is awarded to Kylee Degnan, Tristan Compton, Mackenzie Bryson and MikaylaVert




If you would like to help, please give to our scholarship fund. Details are on the "Donate" page. 

(805) 459-5262

We have dinner meetings the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30pm at:

Outlaws Bar & Grill Restaurant, 9850 E. Front Road, Atascadero CA  93422

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