"Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?"

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 winners at the Club level advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundation.


Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age.

How To Enter:

Interested students submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, contact the AL-MS District Essay Chair by clicking here

For an application with contest rules, click here. The application must be submitted to the sponsoring Optimist Club.

To find a club near you, click here.