The Optimist Club of Calgary holds three scholarship contests each year for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education:
The Essay Contest
The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
The 2022 Optimist International Oratorical World Championships were held July 21-22, 2022 at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The Optimist International World Oratorical Championship was a massive success in St. Louis, Missouri, awarding over $78,000 in College Scholarships Awards.
The World Champions won a $15000 scholarship for first place, a $10000 scholarship for second place and a $5000 scholarship for third place. These are in addition to having won a $5000 scholarship for winning their Regional Oratorical Contest and $2500 scholarship for winning their District Oratorical Contest.
The World winner was Samiksha Gaherwar from the Southeast Gateway District. She gave us the perfect example of “Never QUIT!” She had entered the Oratorical Contest 8 times…and until this year, had not won 1st place at the District Level.
The second place awardee was Rin Choi from the “World Division” in Seoul, South Korea;
The third place awardee was Maeva Giroux from Quebec, Canada.
Our Great Lakes Region winner was Maryam Al-Sabawi from High River. She won a $5000 scholarship, in addition to her $2500 scholarship that she won by winning our District Oratorical Contest in May.
Optimist International is recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all youth and helps them develop to their full potential.