Annual Essay Contest


This topic for our 2017 essay contest is: "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges".  The contest will be of interest to students in Grades 9 through 12 attending school in Burlington. The contest is designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. In addition to developing skills for critical thinking and written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a scholarship. The contest is open to students who are 18 years and younger as of October 1, 2016, who have not yet graduated from high school. Entries should be between 700 and 800 words in the format specified in the contest rules. Each year the topic for the essay contest is announced here in late August/early September.

The Optimist Club of Burlington contest will award cash prizes of:

$500.00 for the first place winner
$350.00 for the second place winner
$150.00 for the third place winner.

In addition, the first place winning essay will be entered by the Club in the annual Central Ontario Optimist District contest where a $2,500.00 scholarship will be awarded to the District winner. 

Copies of the Application Form and Contest Rules will be available in the Fall here on the website. The Essay Rules and Application Form for 2016-17 is available here.