The 4-Way Test is one of the world's most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics.  It asks the following four questions:

"Of the things we think, say or do:

1. Is it the Truth?
2. Is it Fair to All Concerned?
3. Will it Build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
4. Will it be Beneficial to All Concerned?"

The 4-Way Test was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) and was adopted by Rotary in 1943 as a reality check for promoting high ethical standards in business, community and personal affairs.

The Video Contest:

New this year, we are seeking videos from high school students located within District 5750's boundaries of Oklahoma on how they apply the 4-Way Test to a common dilemma high schoolers currently face.

The rules are as follows:

Student Eligibility:

  • The student submitting the video must currently attend a school within Rotary's District 5750 and be a freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior.  See map of District 5750 below.
  • The student cannot have been a past 1st place winner of the District 5750 4 Way Speech Scholarship Contest.
  • Relatives of Rotarians are eligible and encouraged to participate.

Video Specifications:

  • Only one video per student.
  • The video must be between 2 - 3 minutes in length.  Any portion of the video that extends past 3 minutes will not be considered.
  • The video must demonstrate the application of the 4 Way Test to a situation, dilemma, or problem today's high schoolers face.  This may be done with music, dance, etc. but the 4 way test must be included and applied within the video.  Be creative.  Be fun.  Be YOU!
  • All qualifying videos will be uploaded for voting.
  • Any video not in the spirit of the 4 Way Test will not be considered.  In such case, an email will be sent back to the student indicating this.

Video Submission for Consideration:  Please upload your video to YouTube then send in the link via email to by the deadline date of Friday, February 20, 2015 by 11:59 p.m.  Within the email, please also include student's name, school attending, grade/year in school, parent or guardian's name, phone number and email where student can be reached regarding the scholarship contest.  Please also list your local Rotary Club by name.


Scholarship Awards:  Three $500 awards will be presented on Saturday, March 7th at the President Elect Training Seminar in Stillwater, OK.  The three awards are as follows:

  • "People's Choice Award" will be given to the student whose video has the highest number of "likes" on the district website.  Anyone can vote, and students are encouraged to share through social media to encourage voting in their favor.
  • "Rotarian Spirit Award" will be judged only by District 5750 Rotarians based on the video that most encompasses the spirit of Rotary.  Rotarians will log into Clubrunner to cast this vote.
  • "Out of the Box Award" will be presented to the student who exhibits the most creativity in making this video.  This will be decided by a committee of Rotarians and non-Rotarians.

Not only is this contest a great way to engage the young people in your community, but this is also a great way to encourage local students to learn and utilize the 4 Way Test. Consider holding a local speech, video, or essay contest at a club meeting.

For more information, please contact Chair Jessica Sherrill at 405-365-0616 or