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Essay Contest

Sponsored by: Optimist International

Applicant must be under 19 years of age as of December 31, of the current school year, and be attending school in the U.S., Canada, or Jamaica. Within twelve years of winning award, applicant must be enrolled in a college, university or trade school to redeem the funds.


Application Deadline January
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Scholarship
Award Coverage plus a trip to the Optimist Convention for International-level first place winner.
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable? no
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no
Is a separate application required? yes



Max $6,000
Average $3,750
Min $2,250


Average 56

Contact Information

Programs Coordinator
Optimist International
4494 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States

Phone: (800) 500-8130
Fax: (314) 371-6006

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