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.
The rules contain information about the contest, judging and awards. Section I - General Rules 1. The Optimist International Essay contest is Foundation in Canada. Scholarships divided into two levels of competition: Club and District. 2. Contestants must enter through a local Optimist Club, or an At-Large contest if a local club is not available.