Optimist International
Essay Contest 2015


Official Essay Contest Topic:
“Optimism Should Be A Priority”


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 addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 and have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. The essay itself must be type-written, double-spaced and must contain at least 700 words but no more than 800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count.)

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.

All essays with completed entry form and copy of birth certificate or passport must be received by the club no later than Friday February 20th, 2015.


For an application and contest rules...

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