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Essay Contest

The Essay Contest is a Scholarship sponsored by Optimist International.

Award Information:

Amount of Scholarship: Minimum: $650, Maximum: $5000, plus a trip to the Optimist Convention for International-level first place winner.
Application Deadline: In January
Requirements: 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 currently enrolled in a college, university or trade school to redeem the funds.
Eligibility: College freshman

Sponsorship provided by:

Optimist International
4494 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Email Address:
Phone Number: 314 371 6000
Fax Number: 314 371 6006

You can find out more by contacting:

Local Optimist Club

Email Address:

You should always thoroughly research the latest information on the scholarship. A maximized likelihood of obtaining money is a result of first understanding the qualifications and knowing if you fulfill them. A good first step is to try to recognize the potential motivations of the Optimist International and their goals for the Essay Contest. After making sure you satisfy the prerequisites, you should determine if you have any likelihood of being awarded the scholarship. Upon determining that you have a decent shot of actually being a recipient of the Essay Contest, then it is worth it to put forth the effort to apply.

A crucial part of applying for the scholarship is properly completing the forms. Some forms are lengthy and boring, but it is absolutely critical that your work was done precisely. It would be awful to be denied because of some minor point.

Once the application is sent off, it's important to know when the Essay Contest confers the award and actually dispenses the money in order to stay informed about if it is possible to rely on the scholarship to provide additional support for any bills associated with your education and its personal usefulness, as there may be restrictions on what expenses are covered by the Essay Contest. You might find it challenging to be able to take care of all of your financial needs, and having the additional resources of the Essay Contest to assist with your expenses can make things much easier. If you don't end up getting the Essay Contest, don't give up, you can find different scholarships and you may find success elsewhere.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015


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