Scholarships

Optimist International sponsors scholarships as prizes for the winners of the contests listed below. Each contest is entered through your local Optimist Club. This organization does not offer any application-based or need-based scholarships. Some individual Clubs do, but this information is not available at the International Office. All communication should be made with an Optimist Club Member in your area.

Essay Contest
Topic: “Optimism Should be a Priority”

The Essay Contest is for students under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and attend school in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students residing on U.S. military bases overseas are eligible to enter using their last U.S. home of record. All Club contests are held by early February. Club contest winners progress to the District level.

    Club prize:
      Medallion
    District prize:
      Plaque and a $2,500 college scholarship


Oratorical Contest
Topic: “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future”

The Oratorical Contest is for young people under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and attend school in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Contest entry ends by late March. Each applicant is required to give a 4- to 5-minute speech. Winners progress to the next level.
    Club prize:
      Medallion
    Zone prize:
      Plaque
    District prize:
      Plaque and two $2,500 scholarships
      or
      Plaque and a first-place scholarship of $2,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,500, and a third-place scholarship of $1,000


Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The current topic is: “How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future”

The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is for young people up to and including grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Quebec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are identified by a qualified audiologist as deaf or hard of hearing. Students interested in participating in the contest must submit an audiogram completed within 24 months of the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more to be eligible to compete. Students may use sign language, oral presentation or a combination of both. Contests run at various times in each state/province but conclude by late May.
    Club prize:
      Medallion
    District prize:
      Plaque and $2,500 college scholarship for first-place winner


If you meet the criteria listed above for the 2014-2015 school year, locate the area in which you live on the District map. You will need to contact the Chairperson who corresponds with your District. For their contact information, e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.org in the Fall. The District Chair will put you in touch with a Club in your area that is sponsoring the contest and answer questions such as proper format and deadlines.


 

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