Scholarships

The Michigan District supports the following scholoarship programs. 

Essay Contest

This contest requires students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean to compose a 700- to 800-word essay around a central idea. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year.

Topic for the 2016-17 School Year is:  "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges

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Oratorical Contest

The Oratorical Contest is open to students under 18 as of October 1, 2016 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. 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.

Topic for the 2016-2017 School Year is: “What the World Gains from Optimism

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Junior Golf

The Optimist Junior Golf Program is an exciting and unique junior golf program for ages 10-18. 

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