Topic: Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you Imagine.

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.

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

Entry due to the Club – February 14th, 2020, by 5:00 PM by email at

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

For further information contact us at Please read application carefully.

19-20_Essay_Application – Roseville, MN

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