Essay Contest

This contest presents young people the opportunity to write about their opinions regarding the world in which they live. Optimist International awards each District contest winner a $2,500 scholarship for advanced education.

2021-22 Theme: How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My tomorrow?

          The 2021-2022 Essay Contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2021 and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent.  There is no minimum age.

            Illinois Optimist Clubs interested in having an Essay Contest should go to Click on Member Resources and go to Scholarship Contests and click on Essay Contest. Download and print the Club Essay Planning Guide.

            All contestants need to read and complete the Application for 2021-2022 Optimist International Essay Contest. Clubs must submit the winning essay so that it is delivered or postmarked no later than February 28, 2022. All the necessary forms are in the Essay Planning Guide.

            Illinois Clubs should send the local essays to: John E. Ohnemus, 2831 Harrison Street, Quincy, Illinois 62301. Essays must be received or be postmarked no later than February 28, 2022.