Essay Contest

Optimist International, with funding from the Optimist International Foundation, sponsors an essay contest with a grand prize of a $3,500 scholarship ($2,500 from Optimist International and $1,000 from Centerville Noon Optimist Club) to the Ohio District winner. Boys and girls under the age of 19 are invited to submit an essay on a pre-assigned topic during the months of October, November, December, and January each year. One winner will advance to  finals at the district. The Essay Contest is sponsored by Centerville Noon Optimist Club to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which we live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.

The Official 2020-2021 Optimist International Essay Contest Topic is: “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

Students may submit entries by completing the application/entry form. Students should pay close attention to all rules, scoring information, and penalties detailed in the application/entry form.


Contest Chairperson – Kristen Marks – Centerville Washington Park District – 221 N Main Street – Centerville, OH 45459