2017-2018 Optimist International Essay Contest

“Can Society Function Without Respect?”

2017-2018 District Essay Chair:
Cathy Robinson
Email: ac325@msn.com
Cell: 516-225-7217

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!

This contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017. There is no minimum age and no grade level requirement. Essays must be typewritten and double-spaced and contain not less than 700 and no more than 800 words. Works of fiction or poetry are not eligible.


Zone winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundation.

For more information, visit www.optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm

Contest Deadlines:

Items in Your Club Entry Packet:

Optimist International Resources:

Rules and application can be located at http://www.optimist.org/Forms/17-18_Essay_Application_Fillable.pdf

To download the Club Program pages, click here

Club Chair Planning Guide General Information and Forms can be found at http://www.optimist.org/Documents/17-18_Essay_Club_Planning_Guide.pdf

Club Certificate of Participation can be found at: http://www.optimist.org/Forms/Essay_Certificate_Club_color.pdf