Every year our Club conducts an Essay Contest for students.

The contest is open to students under age 19 as of October 1st 2020 and not enrolled as a degree/diploma seeking student of a post-secondary institution. This contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people room to develop their own views around a central idea. 

In addition to getting a nominal cash prize from our Club, the winner of the Optimist Club of Calgary Essay Contest gets to compete in the AMS&NW District Essay Contest that awards the District winner a $2500 college, university or trade school scholarship.

Why not give someone in your family – or the family of a friend – the opportunity to win this scholarship?

Participants must submit an original essay of 700 – 800 words on the contest theme “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?”  (This year’s Optimist International President’s theme is iMagine e.g. possibilities; therefore, the spelling of imagine).

Entries will be submitted by email to our Club’s email address: optimistclubcalgary@gmail.com

The deadline for submitting essays is January 31, 2020. Our Club will process a maximum of 15 essays.

The winning essay will be emailed to the District on February 22, 2020.

Those interested in the contest should contact Denise Dolph at at denisedolph@gmail.com. She will provide you with the Contest Application and rules.