2017 Topic:
'Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges'

Purpose: This contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people room to develop their own views around a central idea. In addition to the opportunity for written expression, participants have the chance to win a college scholarship!

Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.

How To Enter: Interested students must contact Contact, Jean White. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. Get your essay in by February 10 to be sure we have it.

Length: 700-800 words

Deadline: February 10, 2017

Prizes and Prize Winners:

Scholarships are awarded to students in the United States and the Caribbean in US dollars.

Club prize: Medallion - plus monetary awards to be announced

District prize: Plaque and a $2,500 college scholarship

For more details and application, click here

Please include your essay as a Microsoft Word document along with the completed entry form, and a scan of your birth certificate.

Not in Oviedo or Winter Springs?

Our Club would be happy to accept any qualifying contestant from throughout the area for either the ESSAY or ORATORICAL CONTESTS. The one rule, however, is that a contestant may only participate in each contest through only ONE CLUB (whichever one they pick). NO participant may submit for a given contest through more than one Optimist Club in any given year.