Essay Contest

Essay Contest for $2500 Scholarship


The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.

The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a medal at the club level (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and if successful at the club level to compete for a college scholarship at the district level of $2,500.

The Essay topic for the 2023-2024 year is:

“Optimism: How it Connects Us?

The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada. There is no minimum age. For full rules please download and submit the application form by the deadline.

How to Enter

Interested students should submit essays on the assigned topic to the Optimist Club of Brooklin. The essays are judged at the Club level and District level. For full rules please download and submit the application form by the deadline Feb 13, 2024 .


700-800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count). Hyphenated words count as one (1) word. Words are to be counted manually.

How to Enter

Name of Club – Brooklin, Ontario
Chairperson – Bev Tarren

Special Instructions:
Please submit your essay to the email above, following the prescribed rules with the exception of #10.