Essay Contest


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 additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

The guidelines require that contestants be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 and attending school in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

  • Click here: essay contest to download the application form and instructions.
  • You must return the application postmarked by the deadline February 16th  to be eligible!
  • Any questions, contact Janice LaBarbera    252-402-6699      

Mail Essays to Janice LaBarbera, 120 Hillcrest Drive, Washington, NC  27889


   Congratulations to our 2015 Winner

William Page

Congratulations to our 2012 Essay Winner

Lee Pinkham

The 2010 Essay Contest winner was Janie Page.


The 2009 Essay Contest winner was Jenna Buck. She also placed 2nd at the district level!

If you would like more information on the Essay Contest, please email