About the Scholarship

The Optimist International Essay Contest is held by the Optimist International, a bunch of clubs participation in community service programs, in order to aid those in need. 

The Optimist International Essay Contest provides scholarships based on the applicant's essay writing capability and level. This Contest gives an opportunity to the applicants about their experience in the environment in which they live.


How to Apply?

In order to apply for the Optimist International Essay Contest, the applicants need to approach their local Optimist Club, which will decide their essay submission deadline dates individually, usually around February each year. The essay needs to be in 700-800 words, with a separate title page on top. Several guidelines mentioned by their respective club need to be followed, failing which will result in the deduction of points.


Scholarship Amount

The Optimist International Essay Contest in its final stage provides a sum of:

  • $6000 to first place
  • $3750 to 2nd place
  • $2250 to 3rd place

The Optimist International Essay Contest Scholarship is awarded to 60 applicants in total; 57 district winners (one per district) and 3 international winners annually.

in order to reach the final stage of the Optimist International Essay Contest, the applicants need to clear the Club level Essay Contest, whose winners receive a sum of $2500.


Deadline Information

The deadline date to submit the applicants' respective essays in Club level competition will be declared by their clubs individually. The deadline date to submit the essay in Optimist International Essay Contest final stage is 28 February 2020.


Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria to apply for the Optimist International Essay Contest are:

  • The applicant must be educated in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Applicants must enter in the district in which they reside. U.S. students attending school on military installations outside the United States are eligible to enter their last home of record.

  • The applicant must be under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1 in the current Optimist International contest year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30)

  • The applicant, if not a member of a respective club, at least need to be sponsored by a club to enter the contest.
  • The applicant can be a US student or an International student.

  • The applicants must not reside in a non-districted area.

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