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Contests and Awards

Contest rules

Check out the 2017-18 Key Club Guidebook for contest and award rules, deadlines, and judging criteria. 

Contest judging resources

  • Use helpful contest judging resources to make the judging process at the district level easier.
  • All club awards must first be submitted to the district and judged at district convention. Winning submissions are eligible for entry at the International level. 

Submitting contest entries to Key Club International

  • Review the Contest Submission Guide to view contest categories and where they're judged.
  • Entries due for judging at GATC must be mailed to the Key Club International Office by Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Club award entry forms

Individual awards

Distinguished District Officer Awards

Distinguished District Officer binder tabs 

Oratory Contest

2017-2018 Oratory contest question

Our cultures, demographics, and experiences make up our identities. How do these three factors affect your perception and understanding of servant leadership, the Key Club pledge, and the Kiwanis Family?

Talent Contest

Talent contestants sign-up to compete at Key Club International Convention. The following tips will ensure your success when competing at convention.

  • Individuals performing to music should prepare music selections on a jump drive. The song on the jump drive should start at the appropriate point in the music for the performance to start.
  •  An 88 key keyboard with weighted keys and pedals will be provided for both the audition and the stage performance for individuals playing piano.
  • Individuals planning a dance performance are required alert Key Club contest staff of dance performance needs at the time of contest sign-up, such as dance floor space, music, etc. Key Club staff will do everything possible to facilitate the needs of the dance performance, but need to know in advance to make appropriate arrangements.

Recognition Programs for Individuals

Key of Honor

The Key of Honor is the highest recognition award presented by the Key Club International Board. The recipient shall be either an individual who has made a lifelong positive impact upon youth in general and Key Club specifically or an organization that should be so honored for a long term-support of youth and Key Club program. Nomination criteria can be found in the Key Club Guidebook and nominations must be received by the Key Club International office on or before the first Friday following January 5 of each year. 

Nininger Medal

The Sandy Nininger Medal is to be given for special merit only to high school students. Order the recognition package, including certificate, background history, folder and Sandy Nininger medal through the Key Club store

Scholarship Information

Kiwanis Children's Fund Scholarships

The Kiwanis Children's Fund is thrilled to offer several 2018 scholarship opportunities. These amazing awards are offered exclusively to Key Club members.

Finding other scholarship opportunities

One of the first places Key Club members can look for additional scholarships is at the district level. Each Key Club district is in charge of its own scholarship application process and distribution of funds. Visit your district website to see what's available.

Check the Key Club International website News feed and the member E-newsletter for announcements about scholarship opportunities. If you're not receiving the weekly Key Club E-newsletter you can subscribe here