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Essay Scholarship Contest

Topic: "Can Society Function Without Respect?"

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 college scholarship.

In the Optimist Club of Huntsville contest, the top three winners receive $500, $300, and $100 for first, second, and third places, respectively. In addition, to encourage participation by younger entrants, a special $100 award will be given for the best entry by a middle school, or equivalent, student. This prize will not be awarded if a middle school entrant wins one of the top three awards. The winning essay at the Club level will advance to the District contest to compete for a $2500 college scholarship. Local winners will be announced before the end of February, 2018.

The Club level competition is funded by the Huntsville Optimist Foundation, except for the young entrant award, which is supported by a private donor. District level scholarships are supported by the Optimist International Foundation.

Students under the age of 18 as of 1 October 2017.

How To Enter:
Interested students submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic to the Optimist Club of Huntsville's Essay Chair at or by mail to Alberto Duarte, 2003 Vanderbilt DR SW, Huntsville, AL 35801-5231. Telephone 256-929-3286 for more information.

Entries must be submitted by the 6th of February, 2018.