Essay Contest

Essay Contest

Topic for the 2023 - 2024 Year is:
"Optimism:  How it Connects Us?”

Conference Award Date:
Saturday, May 10 -11, 2024

1st Place Winner Receives $2,500 Scholarship

Eligibility Update:
Contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2023 and have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.  Interested students submit their essay on the topic to their local optimist clubs. 
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. 

Essays need to be between 700 - 800 words.  ( Applications with contest rules must be submitted to your local club)

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, 2024. 

Contact Chair Information:
Janet McGinty -    
General Contact for Information:    

Parents and Students:
Essay Application

Club Planning Guide:
Optimist Essay_Planning_Guide

Scholarship General Flyer:

SWIS District Deadline:
Submit winner to Optimist International by April 2024.

Promise Yourself...

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.