Optimist Club of Hernando

Our Mission Statement: "By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids"

Optimist Club Scholarship Contests

Optimist International sponsors 3 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.

Each contest is conducted at the Club level, then Zone and Regional (if necessary) and at the District level. The Essay Contest also has an International level competition. District- and International-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations and awarded by Optimist International.




Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more.  This contest is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence to present in sign or orally to an audience.  See details above for topic, contest rules, contest dates, and scholarship award amounts.  Submit your application to the Hernando Optimist Club at [email protected] or call 662-280-8875.


Essay Contest

This contest is open to students who are under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016.  It requires participants to compose a 700- to 800-word essay around a central idea to develop their writing and critical thinking skills.  One scholarship of $2,500 per District and 3 International-level scholarships of up to $6,000 are awarded by Optimist International each year.  See details above for topic, contest rules, dates, and scholarship award amounts.  Submit your application to the Hernando Optimist Club at [email protected] or call 662-280-8875.


Oratorical Contest

*** NOTE:  All applications must be received by Monday, February 27, 2017. They can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail.  For questions, please call us at (662) 280-8875

The Oratorical Contest is open to students who are under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016.  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.  See details above for topic, contest rules, contest dates, and scholarship award amounts.  Submit your application to the Hernando Optimist Club at [email protected] or call 662-280-8875.




*Optimist International scholarships are made possible by the Optimist International Foundations. 

Must be a student at a Hernando or Lewisburg school and/or a resident of Hernando.  

QUICK LINKS:

Application for Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Application for Essay Contest

Application for Oratorical Contest