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Essay Scholarship Contest


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

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 not winning one of the top three awards. The First Place 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, 2023.

The Club level competition is funded by the Huntsville Optimist Foundation. District level scholarships are supported by the Optimist International Foundation.

Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022 (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.

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 Essay, PO Box 2230, Huntsville, AL 35801-2230.

Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. February 1, 2023.

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