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Optimist International Essay Contest 2015


2015 Topic:

"Optimism Should be a Priority"



When: The deadline for students to submit essays is determined by the sponsoring Club.  The Club contest deadline date was January 23, 2015. The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2015.  The deadline for Districts to submit their winner's information to Optimist International is April 15, 2015. 

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 win a college scholarship of $2,500!

The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 and have not graduated high school. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.  

Click here for the 2015 Essay Contest application.

Click here for the 2015 Club Contest flyer



Who: Youth under the age of 19 and have not graduated high school. 


How To Enter: Please contact Carol Applegate 410-426-8287 or