2020-21 Essay Contest Topic: "Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism"
Club Winning Essays Due Date to District: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021
Chairperson: Lana Urban
1717 Eastridge Ave
Seward NE 68434
Contest Application: https://www.optimist.org/Forms/20-21_Essay_Application.pdf
Club Contest Planning Guide: https://www.optimist.org/Documents/programs/2021/2020-21_Essay_Club_Planning_Guide.pdf
Nebraska District Optimist Essay Contest Flyer
Eligibility Update: Contestants who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and are under 19 as of October 1, 2020. Interested students submit their essay on the topic to their local optimist clubs.
Sponsoring: The district winner is sponsored by a club. The Essay Contest scholarship is sponsored by Optimist International Foundation to give youth the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.
Requirements: Essays need to be between 700 - 800 words. (Applications with contest rules must be submitted to your local club)
Schedule: All Club-level contests are held by early February and submitted to the District Chair by Feb. 28, 2021.
District Deadline: District winner will be submitted to Optimist International by April 15, 2021
Past Nebraska District Optimist Essay Contest Winners
1st Place Winner Receives $2,500 Scholarship
2020 1st Place Winning Essay - by Madalyn Lobmeyer, sponsored by the Seward Optimist Club
2020 2nd Place Winning Essay - by Maddox Weckerle-Dietz, sponsored by the Norfolk Noon Optimist Club
2020 3rd Place Winning Essay - by Cade Suing, sponsored by the Gretna Optimist Club
Take a look at the 2018-2019 Winning Essay [ Click Here ]