CCOF PROVIDES THE ENTIRE FUNDING of the three OI scholarship contests. These scholarships are 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.
Optimist International’s partnership with Saint Louis University resulted in a premier event for Optimist Oratorical participants from around the world! 29 contestants competed in person at the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship and 32 other students from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, India, Belize, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Haiti competed via virtual technology.
The next Optimist International Oratorical World Championships will be held June 15-16, 2017, with the topic: “What the World Gains from Optimism.” District Chairs will set the deadline date for Optimist Clubs to complete their contests. The District deadline to submit the District winner information to Optimist International is May 15, 2017. Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a scholarship valued at $5000 or more. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from St. Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships! Click Here
This contest requires students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 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. click here
The Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 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. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000. click here
Students who are certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more may compete in this contest designed to help them develop the skills and confidence to present in sign or orally to an audience. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year. click here