Topic for the 2020-21 school year is: “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

Students s Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. The Essay should be composed of a 700 to 800 words around this central Topic.

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.

Local Scholarships: First Place $250, Second Place $150, Third Place $100.

Entry due to the Club – February 14th, 2021, by 5:00 PM by email at

Winner Cub Entry due to the district by Feb. 28th, 2021

For further information contact us at Please read the application carefully.

20-21_Essay_Application-1-Roseville Area

General contest information from Optimist International can be found here: