Optimist International Essay Contest
Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”
Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.
How To Enter: Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. For more information, contact Loli Lonso at 707-631-2070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Essay Contest planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. Students must contact their local Optimist Club.
All Club-level contests are held by early February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Please contact your District Chair for more information.
Clubs and Districts
The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2018. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner’s information to Optimist International is April 15, 2018.
For an application with contest rules, please click here. The application must be submitted to the sponsoring Optimist Club.
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!
The guidelines require that contestants be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 and attending school in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.