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.
This contest is designed to assist youth in gaining public speaking experience and provide them with an opportunity to compete for a scholarship.
The 2017-2018 theme is "Where are My Roots of Optimism?".
The club provides a $150 Cash to the Boy Winner, and $150 Cash to the Girl Winner. The St. Paul Optimist Club winners qualify to compete for the District Oratorical Scholarships. Two District Scholarships of $2,500.
District Winners can advance to Regional, and there will be a World Championship Contest. One winner can win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships.
The contest is closed for this year. Check back after the summer for the 2018-2019 school year dates and contest theme.
General contest information from Optimist International can be found here: http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships4.cfm