Contests and Scholarships

Essay Contest

2020-2021 Essay Contest: Rules


  1. The Essay Contest is a District contest.  There is no Key Club International Essay Contest.

  2. The theme for the 2020-2021 Essay Contest is listed below.

  3. The subject matter of the essay and the writing must be original and completely developed by each essayist. 

  4. The essay must be typed (Times New Roman, size 12), double spaced, no more than two pages (8.5x11).  Essays must be uploaded as a PDF file, a Word Document, or a Google Document.

  5. Each essayist must be an official member in good standing with Key Club International.

  6. Judging and awarding points will be based on the following criteria: 
         Clarity and depth of message - 50 Points
         Originality - 25 Points
    ​     Structure (including organization, grammar, transitions, flow, etc.) - 25 Points

  7. Essayists will receive first, second, and third place awards.  The first place essay will be published in an issue of The YanKey during the next year.

  8. The decision of the judges is final and no changes, alterations or regradings will take place after the results have been certified by the judges of this contest. 

  9. All entries must include a completed Entry Form and be submitted via the online form at by March 15, 2021.

2020-2021 Essay Contest Topic

This year, Key Club members have embraced adaptability and overcome great challenges. Through it all, members of our organization have volunteered thousands of hours building our homes, schools and communities. How did you continue serving through these adverse challenges, and how did your volunteerism make a significant impact?

All entries must be submitted by March 15, 2021 on the form below.  If the embedded form doesn't work, click here to open in a new window.