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.
This contest requires students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent to compose a 700- to 800-word
essay around a central idea. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills.
One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year. For more information, click here.
The Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or its equivalent. Students are required to prepare a 4- to 5-minute
speech on a pre-assigned topic. This contest is designed to assist youth in gaining
public speaking experience and provide them with an opportunity to compete for
a scholarship. For more information, click here.
*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 Resource
Scholarship Contest Flyer - Use this informational flyer to promote contests in your area. Clubs can modify the form as needed to fit their contests.