Essay Contest

Topic for the 2022-23 school year is: 

“Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”

For more information, please contact Maria Cupples at

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. There is no minimum age.

Members of the public who wish to enter the Optimist Essay Contest must do so by submitting their application forms to their local Optimist Club. Get your application form here. 

All entries must be received by the District Essay Chair by February 28th, 2023.

Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Planning Resources:

Club Essay Planning Guide