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Contests and Awards

Contests and awards are currently open to club and individual participation. Check out the Key Club Guidebook for contest and award rules, deadlines, and judging criteria. 

If you need additional guidance about how to submit contest entries for International judging, look over the Contest Submission Guide

Club awards

All club awards must first be submitted to the district and judged at district convention. Winning submissions are then eligible for entry at the International level. The 2014 contest submissions are due to the Key Club International Office by Friday, May, 2, 2014. They also can be sent with an administrator to the 2014 Governors and Administrators Training Conference (GATC).  Scrapbooks will be judged at the 2014 Key Club International Convention. The following club awards will be judged at GATC:

        Individual awards

        Distinguished District Officer awards (Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary-Treasurer and Editor) are also due to the Key Club International Office by Friday, May 2, 2014 and can also be sent with an administrator to GATC. Robert F. Lucas Distinguished Lt. Governor awards are judged by individual districts prior to district conventions. Oratorical and Talent contests will be judged at the 2014 Key Club International Convention.

        All Contest Forms

        2014 Key Club oratorical topic

        The 2014 oratorical contest topic is, "What does a Key Club need to be strong?"

        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 International Foundation Scholarships

        The Kiwanis International Foundation is thrilled to offer our 2014 scholarship opportunities through the Linda
        Canaday Memorial Scholarship and the Cunat International Scholarship programs. 

        Our foundation extends tremendous gratitude to the Cunat and Canaday families for their steadfast dedication to the Kiwanis family, education and service to the community which makes these scholarships possible.

        Cunat International Scholarship

        While serving as 1992 - 93 governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District, Brian Cunat and his wife, Miki, established the Cunat International Scholarship to recognize and support Kiwanis family members who are setting out to make a difference in people’s lives as they work their way through school. The Cunats believe in setting goals, staying the course and accomplishing goals. Life goals should be not only self serving, but include the concept of helping others and making the world a better place for all. While serving as 2001-02 Kiwanis International President, Brian and First Lady Miki expanded the scholarship program to include other parts of the world. Their beliefs that our future is in the hands of youth, motivates them to fund these scholarships. Click here for the Cunat International Scholarship (Key Club) application.

        Linda Canaday Memorial Scholarship

        The Linda Canaday Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Kiwanian and 2008-09 First Lady Linda Canaday, a former teacher and long time Kiwanis member. In her memory, a scholarship opportunity was established for Key Club International members. This scholarship is in honor of Linda’s love of children,which she demonstrated through her teaching and her committed and caring compassion for children through Kiwanis. To see the Linda Canaday Memorial Scholarship amounts, eligibility and application instructions, please click here to download the application. 

        Scholarship applications must be postmarked by or sent via email by May 30, 2014. Email applications are encouraged and can be sent to

        Key Club International scholarships

        While Key Club International is no longer distributing scholarships on an international level, students are encouraged to contact their local district to see what scholarships are available at the district level. Each district is in charge of its own scholarship application process and distribution of funds. Find your district website.

        Scholarships available to all Key Club members will be posted in the News on on a case-by-case basis.