Optimist International Essay Contest

Available: USA Nationwide
Closing Date: 2/28/2014

Optimist International Essay Contest

Topic: “How Dreams Lead to Success”

Who: Youth under the age of 19 who have not yet  graduated from high school or the equivalent.

How To Enter: Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.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.

When

Students
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, 2014. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner’s information to Optimist International is April 15, 2014.

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 age 19 have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. 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.

Information for Optimist Members planning the contest:
All Members can now view and conveniently print planning pages for any International Program from your home computer. Click here to view the 2013-2014 Club Essay Contest planning pages. Click here to view the 2013-2014 District Essay Contest planning pages. To view the planning pages for any of the International Programs and Community Activities, please visit the Planning Guides page.

Essay Contest Package – A Program Package for the Essay Contest is available on the Package Programs page of the website. On that page, Clubs can find useful materials to help them get started with a new Essay Contest program.

Support merchandise for this program can be ordered through Optimist Supply for US and Caribbean Clubs and from OptiPromo for Canadian Clubs. Contact information for both supply companies can be found here.

To enter, you must contact your local Optimist Club!

For additional information, please contact Optimist International Programs Department by e-mail at programs@optimist.org, or call (800) 500-8130.

Certificates of Participation
If your Club or District is sponsoring a contest, certificates of participation can be presented to all contestants. Certificate for Club level
Certificate for District level

Publicize the Essay Contest
Optimist International has developed a series of news releases that Clubs and Districts can use in connection with their participation in international programs. Below are sample news releases that Clubs and Districts can use to promote their Essay Contests. Please note that the .doc version enables users to type their information into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.

Essay Contest – Prior to event (.doc)
Essay Contest – Prior to event (.pdf)
Essay Contest – After event (.doc)
Essay Contest – After event (.pdf)
District Essay Contest – After event (.doc)
District Essay Contest – After event (.pdf)

http://www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm

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