Scholarship Contests


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.

“iMagine” represents the organization’s theme for 2019-2020 and it is written as shown for branding purposes. It does not replace the linguistic interpretation, intent, or spelling of the word “imagine or Imagine”. As such, contestants are free to use the correct spelling for any contest or communications without penalty.

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2019-2020 CCDHH Contest Application (fillable form)

Topic for the 2019-20 School Year is : “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”
Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations. This contest offers an opportunity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience.

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2019-2020 Club Planning Guide for CCDHH Contest

Planning guide for holding a CCDHH contest in your club.

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2019-2020 Essay Contest Application (fillable form)

Topic for the 2019-20 school year is: "Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?"
Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations. Interested students need to complete this application and submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.org.

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2019-2020 Club Planning Guide for Essay Contest

Planning guide for Club Essay contest.

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2019-20 Oratorical Contest Application (fillable form)

Topic for the 2019-20 school year is: "Just iMagine a World without Boundaries"
The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives young people the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program. Use this form to enter and submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to your local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.org.

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2019-20 Oratorical Planning Guide for Clubs

     

    Community Activities


    Community Activities now includes four new programs, in addition to Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence, Childhood Cancer Campaign, Youth Appreciation, Youth Safety and Tri-Star Sports. Since Clubs are autonomous, Optimists have the flexibility to serve the youth of their community in any way they see fit.  

     

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    OPTIMISTS SPARK FUN IN THE PARK

    This Optimist International event will be staged at the club level annually where clubs can choose any date to host their event. This fun and exciting new event has been coined to target JOI and College Club members, working with adult Optimist club members. The event will further facilities camaraderie between JOI, College Club members, adult Optimist members, and the community at large, while providing an avenue for meaningful interaction and care for children with differing abilities by our Optimist members at all levels.

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    THE OPTIMIST VISUAL ARTS COMPETITION

    This exciting new program is designed to encourage and celebrate youth visual art skills in two categories – painting and drawing. Scholarships will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the OI level for each category. The Optimist Visual Arts Competition – Paintings and Drawings gives the youth we serve another outlet for their creativity!

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    iMagine Highlighting “The Optimist Creed”

    Photographers for the contest should be students at any age up through high school and prior to postsecondary education. Students are asked to submit photos that illustrate/exemplify one of the ten verses/lines of “The Optimist Creed”.

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    iMagine A Kaleidoscope of Performing Arts

    The term “performing arts” refers to forms of art in which artists use their voices, bodies, or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. The performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience. Performing arts may include dance, music, opera, theater and musical theater, magic, illusion, mime, spoken word, puppetry, and even circus arts. Talent showcases highlighting these performing arts are not only fun, but innovative, giving young people the opportunity to express themselves using their own unique talents.