Who: Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.
How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the topic to the Optimist Club of Chilliwack at OptimistclubofCHWK@gmail.com
When: March 2018
Oratorical Contest Quick LinksStudents
The deadline to enter is March 15th, 2018. All Club-level contests are typically held by late March.
Clubs and Districts
The District deadline to submit winners to Optimist International is May 15, 2018. Optimist International does not set Club/Zone/Regional deadlines.
For an application with contest rules, click here.
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 $1,000.