Scholarship Contests

2018-2019 Scholarship Topics

2018-2019 Rule Changes


Optimist International sponsors three scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), the Essay Contest and the Oratorical Contest. The contests are conducted at the Club level, then Zone and Regional (if necessary) and at the District level. District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations and awarded by Optimist International.

Essay Contest

Oratorical Contest

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


*Optimist International scholarships are made possible by you and your Optimist Club’s donations to the Optimist International Foundation in the United States and the Caribbean and the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.

New Promotional Resources
2018-19 Oratorical Contest Brochure