Deaf History Essay Contests

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  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students in 10th and 11th grades can use the power of words to express their feelings— and win prizes—in Rochester Institute of Technology’s SpiRIT Writing Contest for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.
  • Winners can choose from a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, or a $500 cash prize.
  • For guidelines and entry information for the SpiRIT Writing Contest, go to www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingContestNR.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students in 10th and 11th grades can use the power of words to express their feelings— and win prizes—in Rochester Institute of Technology’s SpiRIT Writing Contest for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

Winners can choose from a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, or a $500 cash prize. Explore Your Future is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that provides the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life.

For guidelines and entry information for the SpiRIT Writing Contest, go to www.rit.edu/NTID/WritingContestNR. The entry deadline is March 1.

For more information, email WritingContest@ntid.rit.edu or call 585-475-7695 (voice) or 585-286-4555 (videophone). For more information about NTID, go to http://www.rit.edu/NTID.

Optimist International Essay Contest





The Essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship of $2,500!

The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 and not yet graduated from high school or equivalent. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for the $2500 college scholarship. 

Topic: “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”.

Who: Youth under the age of 19 and not yet graduated from high school or equivalent.

How to enter: For an application with contest rules, click here.


Deadline:  The deadline for completed applications is February 1, 2016

The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2016. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner's information to Optimist International is April 15, 2016.

This is NOT the deadline for students to submit an entry to the contest, that is February 1, 2016.

Where to send completed applications:

Optimist Club of Lincoln
Attention: Scholarships
PO Box 80157
Lincoln NE 68501


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