Educational Contests

Please see the document here for full rules & details, along with sign-up form! 


Optimist International

 Essay Contest

Topic: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”

Who: Contest is open to all students in Columbia under the age of 18. No minimum age.

What: Typewritten essay of 700-800 words.

When: Entries must be submitted by (2023 dates not released)

What: Local contest winners (top 3) receive medallions and prizes. Top local winner advances to District. District winner receives a $2500 college (or trade school) scholarship.

Sponsor: Columbia Optimist Clubs

How: Get contest application and rules within the link below.

Mail to: Downtown Optimist Club

% 2023 Essay Contest

PO Box 1959

Columbia, MO 65205-1959

Contact: Rick McKernan (573) 881-3471,

Find the Application & Rules Here:  Publication2-2018




Are you a high school student and interested in up to $22,500 in scholarships for college?  This contest is perfect for you! Please see below for details and registration forms!  
Contact: Rick McKernan (573) 881-3471,