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The Optimist International Essay Contest for Scholarships

Have you heard of the Optimist International Essay Contest for scholarships?

Not too many people have. Optimist International is Optimist Clubs dedicated to “Bringing out the Best in Kids” and they devote much of their time to accomplishing this mission through community service programs. Each Optimist Club is created individually out of its own community. This offers each club the flexibility to offer assistance where they see fit. Optimist International also sponsors essay scholarships as prizes for the winners of chosen essay contests. Participants can enter any of these scholarship essay contest through his or her Optimist Club. There is typically no application to fill out and it is not based on need or financial situation. Let’s explore the Optimist International Essay Contest.

The Optimist International Essay Contest is open to students under the age of 19 prior to December 31st for the upcoming applicable year. The topic of the essay scholarship contest is “The Power of Youth”. To be eligible students must attend school in the Caribbean, Canada or the United States. If you are a student that is living on a United States Military Base overseas than you are eligible for this scholarship essay contest by using your last United States home of record. All of the local Club contests have to be conducted prior to February 28th of the applicable year. Once a student has won the local Club contest they can then progress to the next level of competition. Students from all over the eligible locations are encouraged to enter their local essay contest and share their vision.

After a participant has entered the Optimist International Essay Contest and won at the Club level he will be awarded a special Medallion to honor the quality of their work. There is only one winner per club that can move on in the competition so the Club Medallion is a well -earned award. Once the participant has won at the Club Level he or she will then compete in the District competition. The ultimate winner of the District competition will receive a Plaque commemorating their monumental achievement. In addition the winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest will receive a $650 college scholarship to the educational facility of their choice. At this point all of the Districts will compete for the International prize.

The participant who wins the overall District competition wins the Optimist International Essay Contest. The first prize for winning the overall competition is a beautiful Plaque and a $6,000 college scholarship. The second prizewinner will receive a beautiful Plaque and a $3,750 college scholarship. The Third prizewinner will get a beautiful Plaque and a $2,250 college scholarship. The International Optimist Club also sponsors the Oratorical Contest as well as the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. These essay contest have to be entered from the local optimist club in your area. The Optimist International Essay has to be at least 500 words in length. The Optimist International Convention 2009 essay contest will be held in July 2009. If you would like to find more information go to Optimist international essay contest.


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  • admin says:

    Here is the The Optimist Creed which anyone who joins Optimist International tries to live up to each and every day. It’s an outstanding way to live so I had to post it!

    Promise Yourself
    To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

    To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

    To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

  • admin says:

    Optimist International; besides the International Essay Contest also has the:
    Oratorical Contest & Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing contest for scholarships.

  • Bill the Cow says:

    Bill the cow never found a smile
    Difficult to make
    Even when times were tough
    And everyone hard to take

    no acts of kindness
    Could make him fit in
    It did not matter to most
    How nice he had been

    Because he was different
    they refused to be kind
    And to his good nature
    They remained blind

    Bill always understood
    Why they carried this thought
    It was not hatred for him
    but the way they were taught

    after a long time
    and a long debate
    Bill the Cow was ready
    to change his fate

    the world was wrong
    and it was no wonder
    he could not stand by
    and watch this blunder

    bill never gave up
    never did he complain
    through his determination
    equality he would gain

    through his work
    they began to change
    and all their thoughts
    began to feel strange

    why would someone
    have reason to create
    based on difference
    a reason to hate

    a stand he would make
    even if it alone
    courage of one
    as history has shown

    plant the seed
    and watch it grow
    people will change

    Bills campaign worked
    It changed their mind
    And every thought now
    Is how to be kind

    Cows aren’t good poets but they are kind. Feel free to fix it and share it…Bill is about change…not charge!

  • admin says:

    Bill the Cow,

    what an awesome poem. How true & profound are these words that apply to everyone, especially chrildren who can be clicky and cruel to others that they don’t like because they are different. We should celebrate our differences not dispise them!

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