Optimist Club of Lincoln 
    Helping kids in Lincoln, Nebraska  since 1926

2017-2018 Scholarship Contest Topics

Optimist International Essay Contest





The Essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship of $2,500!

The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 and not yet graduated from high school or equivalent. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for the $2500 college scholarship. 

Topic: “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”.

Who: Youth under the age of 19 and not yet graduated from high school or equivalent.

How to enter:  For an application with contest rules, click here.


Deadline:  The deadline for completed applications is February 1, 2016

The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2016. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner's information to Optimist International is April 15, 2016.

This is NOT the deadline for students to submit an entry to the contest, that is February 1, 2016.

Where to send completed applications:

Optimist Club of Lincoln
Attention: Scholarships
PO Box 80157
Lincoln NE 68501



Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)


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. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the Communication Contest For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers hearing impaired youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language.

The Optimist International Foundation funds a $2,500 scholarship to any District that meets the minimum participation criteria.

Topic: "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others".

Who: The contest is open to young people through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Québec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must be certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete.

How to enter: 
For an application with contest rules, click here.

Deadline:  The deadline for completed applications is January 1, 2016.

Important Dates:

  • January 24, 2016 - Judge Oratorical and present awards. 
  • April 4 & 5, 2016- Zone /Regional Judging.
  • The District deadline to submit winners to Optimist International is June 15, 2016.
Where to send completed applications:

Optimist Club of Lincoln
Attention: Scholarships
PO Box 80157
Lincoln NE 68501


 








Optimist International Oratorical Contest



The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters 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.


First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. 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 $1000.


Topic: "Where are my roots of Optimism?"

Who: Students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated form high school or the equivalent and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.

How to enter:  For an application with contest rules, click here.

Deadline:  The deadline for completed applications is January 1, 2018. 

Important Dates:

  • January 24, 2018 - Judge Oratorical and present awards. 
  • April 4 & 5, 2016- Zone /Regional Judging.
  • The District deadline to submit winners to Optimist International is June 15, 2016.
Where to send completed applications:

Optimist Club of Lincoln
Attention: Scholarships
PO Box 80157
Lincoln NE 68501