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Students who are in grade 12 and below in the United States, in CEGEP or below in Canada, or in grade 13 or below in the Caribbean are eligible to enter this speech/sign language contest. Students must have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more to qualify.
Please note: Although the application deadline for this award has passed, we wanted you to know about this award as a possibility for next year. Often, scholarship providers offer similar scholarships each year. This award is scheduled to be updated within the next few months. Please check back for more information at a later date.
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- Awarded by:
- Optimist International
The club level award is a plaque and a monetary award of up to $500. Each individual club can decide what form the award will take (e.g. scholarship, savings bond, cash prize). *Please note: Not all clubs give monetary awards; it is up to the individual club as to what type of award they give winners. The district finalist and winner each receive a plaque, and a $2,500 scholarship is awarded to the district winner.
- The number of awards offered varies annually. Each club awards one scholarship, and each district awards one to two scholarships (there are 53 districts; not all districts participate every year). The number of clubs offering scholarships/cash prizes changes each year; on average, 300 clubs participate.
Applications to enter the contest are available on the Optimist Club International website. With the application, students must submit an audiogram done within 24 months of the date of the contest. ... Sign up for full scholarship deadline information.