Optimist details

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Bringing Out The Best

The Optimist Competition is part of Deaf Connections Week.

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1. Overview

Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.  

Scholarship Contests

Optimist International sponsors three scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), the Essay Contest and the Oratorical Contest. 

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)

Topic: “What the World Gains from Optimism”

The contest is open to young people* through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Québec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.  Students must be certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more in their better ear, which must be supported by an audiogram within the last 24 months in order to be eligible to compete.  For students with a CI, the ear without the CI must meet the 40 dB or greater criteria.


* First place winners (in the local or district competition) from previous years are not eligible to participate in the Optimist competition if they have won scholarship money in the past.

Second place winners from previous years may enter the competition; however, they will not be eligible to receive any prize for second place but will still receive a certificate.  They will receive a scholarship but no additional prize if they win first place.

Third place winners from previous years are eligible to enter the competition again.

For more information on the contest, visit the Optimist website

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2. Checklist

Optimist Checklist

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3. Registration Flowchart


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4. Forms

Optimist is part of a newly-branded event called "Deaf Connections Week" and you will need to use our new form to register for Optimist.  You will need to also submit additional forms after registering online:

New registration procedures and forms in place. 

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5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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6. Registration

Click here to register for the Optimist Competition

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7. Food Arrangements

Lunch will be provided for all participants and observers registered through POPDHH. Dinner is not provided. 

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