2016 Essay Contest Information Released!

Post date: Jan 15, 2016 6:15:14 PM


The contest is open to students under age 18 as October 1, 2015.


“Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”


700-800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count.)


• Club level - the Arlington Optimist Club annually awards $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place in scholarships at the club

level competition.

• District level - plaque and $2,500 college scholarship for District winner.


Entries to the Arlington Optimist Club must be submitted by January 25. Please send or hand-carry essays to Erica Burson, 1816 N. Van Buren Street Arlington, VA 22205.

Club entries are judged and submitted to the District Essay Chair by February 28.

District entries are judged and submitted to the Optimist International Programs Department no later than April 15.