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Scholarship Contests

Optimist International sponsors three scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: the Essay Contest, the Oratorical Contest, and the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH). 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.



Optimist Essay Scholarship Contest - win money for college

Optimist Essay Scholarship Contest

This contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people room to develop their own views around a central idea. In addition to the opportunity for written expression,  participants have the chance to win a college scholarship! Up to $2,500 in college Scholarships are available at the district level. Club level award will be based on fundraising eforts conducted by the Palmetto Optimist Club.

How To Enter: Interested students should send the essay and application to [email protected].

Click the button to the right  to download the essay contest application and rules.
Essay Rules and Application
2018-2019 Essay Contest Topic:  

"When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" 

All essays will be due January 15th 2019.

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Optimist Oratorical Scholarship Contest

Since its start in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship. Up to $22,500 in college Scholarships are available at the international level. Club level awards willbe based on fundraising eforts conducted by the Palmetto Optimist Club.

How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech along with the application on the pre-assigned topic to The Palmetto Optimist Club at [email protected]

Click the button to the right to download the Oratorical contest application and rules.
Oratorical Rules and Application 
2018-2019 Oratorical Contest Topic: 

“Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

All speeches will be due March 1, 2019.

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

logo for the Optimist Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - win scholarship money
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 Foundations fund a $2,500 scholarship to any District that meets the minimum participation criteria. 

How to Enter: 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.  Interested students submit a speech along with the application on the pre-assigned topic to The Palmetto Optimist Club at [email protected].

​Click the button to the right to download the Oratorical contest application and rules.
CCDHH Rules and Application 

2018-2019 CCDHH Contest Topic: 

“Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

​All speeches will be due March 1, 2019.

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Internet Safety

The Palmetto Optimist Club cares about the safety of all children in the real world and in the online world. The video below is meant to be a useful teaching tool for kids and parents in order to keep children safe while on the internet.