Thursday, January 8, 2015

2016 Optimist Oratorical Contest

Optimist International and St. Louis University have partnered to host an amazing new enhancement to the Optimist Oratorical Contest and scholarships. Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send two of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a $10,000 scholarship. The winners of each Region (8) will compete with the winner from St. Louis University's Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $27,500 in scholarships!

The first annual Regional/World Championship Oratorical Contest is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24, 2016. Please keep in mind that the 2015-2016 District Oratorical contests will need to be conducted earlier than usual to accommodate this timeframe.

With the partnership Optimist International is increasing funding for youth scholarships, giving our Optimist organization a higher profile, and Bringing Out the Best in Kids!

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