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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.

Essay Contest

This contest requires students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean 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.

Oratorical Contest
The Oratorical Contest is open to students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. 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. For more information, click here.

The Optimist Club recognizes that education is the key to a better way of life for our children. And no one with the Optimist Club of the Westbank understood that connection better than our long time member Sylvia Ricks. Mrs. Ricks worked tirelessly for the children of the Westbank. It is because of her strong conviction in service and her belief in education, that we name our scholarship in her honor. The Sylvia Ricks Scholarship Award is given to a west bank student whose services to the community and academic achievements are best aligned with their future goals.

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