Topic: When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”

Students should compose a 700 to 800 word essay around this central idea.

Who: The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1 of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. Districts and Clubs will hold combined gender contests.

An Optimist International program for students to have the opportunity to earn scholarships to pursue opportunities in higher education. Club winners advance to District, where one District winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Entry due to the Club – February 15th, 2020

Winner Cub Entry due to the district Feb. 28th, 2020

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19-20_Essay_Application – Roseville, MN

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