Topic for the 2016-17 School Year is: "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges"
Date: Saturday, May 12-13, 2017
(SWIS Contest Award Received)
Awards: 1st Place Winner Receives $2,500 Scholarship
Eligibility Update: Contestants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 and have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Interested students submit their essay on the topic to their local optimist clubs.
Sponsoring: The district winner is sponsored by a club. The Essay Contest scholarship is sponsored by Optimist International Foundation to give youth the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.
Requirements: Essays need to be between 700 - 800 words. ( Applications with contest rules must be submitted to your local club)
Schedule: All Club-level contests are held by early February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Club winners must be submitted to SWIS District Chair by: February 28, 2017.
Contact Info: Cindy McKeown
Parents and Students: Essay Application
Application Information: Optimist International Essay Scholarship
SWIS District Deadline: Submit winner to Optimist International by April 15, 2017.