Educational Contests

Optimist International

2017 Essay Contest

Topic: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”

Who: Contest is open to all students in Columbia under the age of 18 as of Oct 1, 2016. No minimum age.

What: Typewritten essay of 700-800 words.

When: Entries must be submitted by Friday Feb 10, 2017.

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 at

Mail to: Downtown Optimist Club

% 2017 Essay Contest

PO Box 1959

Columbia, MO 65205-1959

Contact: Carl Scott      phone (573)303-4191 or email


Find the Application & Rules Here:  2017 Application & Rules


ORATORICAL CONTEST – 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 details and registration forms HERE!  The deadline for registration is February 23rd!