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Contests and Awards

2015 contests and awards are currently open to club and individual participation. 

Contest rules

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

How to submit contest entries

If you need additional guidance about how to submit contest entries for International judging, look over the Contest Submission Guide. This explains which contests are judged where. There are two options. Contests are judged at the Governors and Administrators Training Conference (GATC) or at the Key Club International Convention. 

Club awards

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. The 2015 contest submissions are due to the Key Club International Office by Friday, April 10, 2015. They also can be sent with an administrator to the 2015 Governors and Administrators Training Conference (GATC).  To see which contest categories are judged during GATC view the Contest Submission Guide

A note about scrapbooks

Traditional and Non-Traditional 1st and 2nd place district scrapbook winners are eligible to be judged at the 2015 Key Club International Convention and should be delivered for judging by a club representative. At the conclusion of scrapbook judging the club representative will be asked to retrieve the scrapbook and take it back to the club. Scrapbooks should not be mailed to Key Club International for judging during GATC. 

A note about traditional scrapbook size

According to the Key Club Guidebook, a scrapbook album used for creation of a traditional scrapbook must measure no larger than 14 inches wide by 14 inches high. Standard scrapbook albums measuring 12 inches by 12 inches can be purchased at any craft and hobby retail store.

The following club awards will be judged at GATC

        Individual awards 

        Distinguished District Officer awards (Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary-Treasurer and Editor) are judged during GATC and should be mailed to the Key Club International Office for receipt by Friday, April 10, 2015 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. A list of the Robert F. Lucas Award winners should be emailed to lpyron@kiwanis.org by Friday, April 10, 2015. The district governor and or district administrator may provide this information.

        Oratorical and Talent contests are judged at the 2015 Key Club International Convention. Review the Key Club Guidebook for eligibility to participate in the International competition. Those eligible to participate are asked to sign-up at the contest table set-up at Key Club International Convention.

        All Contest Forms

        2015 Key Club oratorical topic

        The 2015 oratorical contest topic is, "What will Key Club accomplish in the next 10 years before Key Club's 100th Anniversary?"

        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 2015 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 scholarships@kiwanis.org

        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 www.keyclub.org on a case-by-case basis.