Our Scholarships

To further our mission to make higher education more accessible, Optimal launched its needs-based scholarship program in 2010. Since then, we've given over $915,000 of our profit to multiple recipients with high financial need and strong career aspirations.

Community College Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level.

AWARD: $2,000
DEADLINE: 12/30/21

Undergraduate Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s level or a first-time bachelor’s level.

AWARD: $2,000
DEADLINE: 12/30/21

Online Degree Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree at the associate’s, bachelor’s or post-bachelor’s level. The academic program must be pursued online - all classes require little to no attendance on campus.

AWARD: $2,000
DEADLINE: 12/30/21

PAST WINNERS

Optimal was formerly know as SR Education Group until January of 2020, when the company rebranded. Many of our scholarship winners' quotes will refer to SR Education Group.

Undergraduate Scholarship, October 2021
Xavier Senteno
California State University-Sacramento

"Receiving the Optimal scholarship was a surprise and I leaped from my bed with excitement at the news. As I am expect to complete my undergraduate studies soon this scholarship is just another stepping stone and reminder that my hard work is paying off and that there are optimal resources out there for people in need. You just have to put in the grit and strife to work for it”-Xavier Senteno"

Community College Scholarship, October 2021
Sharonda Smith
Texarkana College

"I am honored to have been chosen for this quarter's scholarship. I am using this money for tuition, technology, and books and to continue my education. I am a 50 year old single mother and going back to school has made me look at life a little different. I am grateful that I was awarded this scholarship and I will continue, until I get a bachelor's degree and pursue a career in business. Sincerely, Sharonda Smith"

Online Degree Scholarship, October 2021
Cleo Lepolo-Gaines
Academy of Art University

"Thank you! I feel like I can’t say that enough because I am especially grateful to be a recipient of this quarters Optimal Online Degree Scholarship. I chose to pursue a path of higher education pertaining to doing something bigger than what I was, which was nerving to me when I thought about how I was going to go about this route. To receive help in the form of this scholarship is a gift of needed support and also motivation to continue my journey. Thank you to my big family, I love y’all. Thank you Optimal! Peace."

Undergraduate Scholarship, July 2021
Arieh Magedman
Northern Arizona University

"Thank you so much to the Optimal team for selecting me as a recipient of the Undergraduate Scholarship award – it is an honor! These funds will help me complete nursing school. This scholarship is meaningful to me because I am reminded that others believe in me as much as I do. Receiving this scholarship furthers my passion to thrive in school so that I can help others as a Registered Nurse. Sincerely, Arieh Magedman"

Community College Scholarship, July 2021
Brittany Cortis
Springfield Technical Community College

"I was so emotional and appreciative as I read I was the scholarship winner. As a mom of two little ones, it has been difficult to try and factor in college. This was an amazing way to start my first semester in Nursing school & has relieved so much stress! I’m so grateful."

Online Degree Scholarship, July 2021
Matthew Proper
Oregon State University

"This scholarship will help me save a lot of money and I am very grateful for optimal giving me this opportunity."

Community College Scholarship, April 2021
Tyler Lehto
Lake Superior College

"I am beyond grateful for this and I am excited to see my dreams become a reality."

Online Degree Scholarship, April 2021
Carmel Harwood
SUNY Empire State College

"I am absolutely thrilled and relieved to have this financial assistance from Optimal and am exceedingly grateful. Being a student takes a lot of time and effort which has made working enough and being financially stable difficult, especially through the covid crisis. Thank you so much, Optimal!"

Undergraduate Scholarship, April 2021
Kimberly Castro
Arizona College - Las Vegas

"I was emotionally moved and very appreciative to be a winner of the Optimal Undergraduate Scholarship. With many other financial stresses as a single mother, it will help me to continue my aspiration to graduate. Thank you so much, this means a lot to me!"

Military Scholarships, January 2021
DeLon Henderson, Jr.
Georgia Southern University

"Going against the flow of your family's career choices isn't always an easy decision. By taking the influence and structure of the military and applying it to my drive, my dedication and hard work have proven that I can make my own path and accomplish my goals. I want to thank Optimal for selecting me to be the recipient of this award. I humbly appreciate your contribution to assist me on my educational journey towards success."