Scholarship Opportunities


During each school year the Coquitlam Optimist Club provides three opportunities for students to win scholarships. A fourth opportunity is available to students with a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more. 
Optimist International Essay Contest
The Optimist International Essay Contest is an opportunity to win a $2,500-scholarship and/or a smaller cash prize.  The Coquitlam Optimist Club awards cash prizes for the first, second and third place essays submitted to the club.  The first place winner will advance to the Pacific Northwest District contest with the opportunity to win the $2,500 college scholarship. The Pacific Northwest District includes Optimist Clubs in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The Essay Contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018 who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students of a post-secondary institution.  Contestants must submit essays of 700-800 words in length on a pre-assigned topic.  The topic for 2018-2019 is “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?
To enter, students must first fill out an application form.  The application form along with detailed contest rules is available for download here.  For information on how to submit essays, e-mail the Coquitlam Optimist Club at coquitlamoptimists@gmail.com.  The 2019 essay deadline will be January 31, 2019.  If you intend to submit an essay, please fill out and submit the application form to give us an idea of how many essays to expect. 

Optimist International Oratorical Contest
The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is an event designed to empower youth to become effective communicators and confident global citizens  There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships!

The Coquitlam Optimist Club awards small cash prizes to the first, second and third place winners in the club’s contest.  First and second place winners will advance to a zone and/or regional contest.  First and second place winners of the regional contest will compete in the Pacific Northwest District Contest, where $2500, $1500 and $1000 prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, respectively.  The winner of the Pacific Northwest District Contest will advance to the Pacific Coast Region Contest (encompassing California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah) for a scholarship valued at $5,000.   The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete at a World Championship for $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 scholarships.

The Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018 who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students of a post-secondary institution.  Contestants must give a 4-5 minute long speech on a pre-assigned topic.  The 2019 topic is “Is There a Fine Line between Optimism and Reality? 

Download the Optimist International Oratorical Contest application and rules here.  The Coquitlam Optimist Club's contest will be held on March 19, 2019.  Watch this space for information on contest dates and application deadlines.

Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship

Each year the Coquitlam Optimist Club awards several $500-scholarships to graduates of secondary schools in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.  The scholarships, named in memory of a long-time teacher and counselor in School District 43, are awarded primarily based on the students’ service to their communities.
Application forms are available from guidance counselors at District 43 secondary schools.  Each school sets its own deadline for applications and forwards them to the Optimist Club by early or mid-May.   For further information e-mail the Coquitlam Optimist Club at coquitlamoptimists@gmail.com.

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is designed to help students with a hearing loss to develop the skills and confidence to present in sign or orally to an audience.  The contest is open to students through grade 12 who are certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more.   The topic is the same as the Oratorical Contest, “Is There a Fine Line between Optimism and Reality?

The Vancouver-North Shore Optimist Club coordinates this contest on behalf of the Optimist Clubs of  British Columbia in partnership with the Provincial School for the Deaf.  A scholarship is awarded at the provincial level.  Winners advance to the Pacific Northwest District contest, where they vie for $2500 scholarships.


For further information e-mail the Coquitlam Optimist Club at coquitlamoptimists@gmail.com.



 
 

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