Each district will award either: 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. All awards are non-renewable.
The number of awards vary depending on how many districts participate. Last year, 53 awards were given.
The speech contest is designed to inspire today's youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking. It provides young people with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship and express their views on a pre-assigned topic. A contestant is eligible to enter/compete in only one Optimist Club Oratorical Contest during a contest year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 of the next year). Also, any contestant who has won an Optimist International Oratorical scholarship award is ineligible for any future competition. A local club may be represented in the next stage of competition by only two qualified contestants.
The student enters the contest by submitting a speech on the current year's topic to his/her local Optimist Club. If the student does not know his/her local contact, he/she can email Optimist Internat ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.