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   May 2024   

Vienna Optimist Club Programs

The Academic Competitions

The Academic Competitions described here are sponsored by and 
based on rules established by Optimist International.
Annually, Optimist International announces the topics and
contests are held at the club, District (state) and International levels.

For more information about Competitions,
contact your school's guidance counselor
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Academic Competitions

The Essay Contest is open to any child under 19 years of age. The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna normally solicits entrants during the November-December time frame from high school students.

The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the Oratorical Contest equivalent for kids that are hearing impaired. Contestants may use sign language or assisted speech.
The Oratorical Contest is open to children under the age of 19. Contestants prepare a 4-5 minute talk on the announced topic and are judged on content and presentation.

The Sheryl Friedley Scholarship is to assist students with documented Intellectual Disabilities (ID) who are receiving certificates of completion to continue their education in post-secondary educational training programs.

Students must reside in the areas served by the Madison, Marshall, Oakton high school pyramids.

Completed applications, including recommendation letters and required supporting documentation, may be submitted to the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna during the time frame stated on the application form. 

To apply and for more information, please email:



Every spring the OCGV offers the Career and Technical education scholarship for graduating HS seniors residing within the FCPS school pyramids for Marshall, Madison, and Oakton High Schools. The scholarship announcement, including eligibility criteria, and application for the current year are found at the links below.

Qualification Information


To apply and for more information, please email:


TR Cook Youth Awards of Excellence

TR Cook

The Optimists present the T.R. Cook awards every year to high school juniors for six areas of excellence: academics, citizenship, fine arts, science, sports and technology. T.R. Cook, a long time Optimist member and Vienna supporter, passed away in 2022.

Jim Houston Leadership Award

Jim Houston

The Optimists present the Jim Houston award each year to a Madison High School senior who is a member of its baseball team and is a leader and a player of high character. Jim was a long time Optimist member and Vienna community supporter.

Helping Hands Awards to 6th Graders

The Optimists present annual "Helping Hands" awards to local elementary schools in the name of sixth grade students who have been nominated by their teachers for going above and beyond to help their friends, school, or community in a special way.
Community Awards

First Responders

The Optimists also present well-deserved annual awards to our local community:

The Optimist International's Respect for the Law Enforcement Award to our local Police Department

The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna's First Responders Award for our local Fire and Rescue members 


The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna's Partners in Education Award for our local educators for their extraordinary efforts to make our community a better place.






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