Club winners will advance to the district contest to compete for a scholarship award. The district winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. Each district winner is automatically entered into the International Essay Contest where a panel of judges selects the top three essays. Scholarships are awarded as follows: first place - $6,000; second place - $3,750; and third place - $2,250.
There are 57 district winners (one per district) and 3 international winners each year.
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. *Please note: Students do not have to be members of an Optimist Club to enter the contest; however, they must be sponsored by a local club to enter.
The student may enter the contest only through his/her local Optimist Club. The deadline for each student to submit an essay to his/her local club is determined by each club individually; all club-lev ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.