Laws of Life Essay Contest

Laws of Life Essay Contest

The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a state-wide character education program for high school students. The contest challenges students to reflect on core values such as generosity, courage, perseverance and compassion. It promotes advanced literacy skills and gives teens an opportunity to craft written arguments for their ethical values.

The Rotary-branded Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest reaches nearly 40,000 high schools a year. For most of those 40,000 students – and their teachers and parents – it is their first and most lasting impression of Rotary. The contest reaches more students than any other Rotary program in our state, and is also the largest essay contest of any kind in North America.

Since 2009, the essay contest has been owned and operated by the nonprofit Georgia Rotary Districts Character Education Program (GRDCEP).

Rotary Club Contest Sponsorship

By sponsoring a local high school, your Rotary club can:

  • Introduce an effective character education program in local schools;
  • Encourage your community’s youth to reflect on important values such as those in the 4-Way Test;
  • Connect and interact with local educators, students and parents in a positive, value-affirming program;
  • Have a memorable club meeting each spring as you recognize winning students.

Rotary sponsorship involves partnering with one or more local high schools. A club works with the school’s English department to implement the program, and publicly recognizes the school’s student winners in the spring. Rotary club sponsors also make a financial commitment to the contest.

How You Can Help

See the links at the bottom of the page for Club Sponsorship, Corporate Sponsorship or School Application materials.

To inquire about having a speaker from Georgia Laws of Life for one of your club meetings, please email Susan Mason at or call Susan at 404.367.9453.

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Questions? Contact Susan Mason, Contest Director (404.367.9453) or Don Robinson, GRDCEP Chair (229-243-0152).

"I wouldn't have come this far in my life adventure if it weren't for the Laws of Life essay contest and the Rotary Club. So it is with deep gratitude that I thank you and those in the Rotary for the opportunities that you've given me."

Kayla Johnson, 2009 Georgia Laws of Life State Runner-Up

“The Laws of Life Essay Contest is one of the easiest and yet most meaningful ways for a Rotary Club to establish a strong community-school tie. By sponsoring the contest, a Rotary Club can reach out to the next generation of young people, support its local educators, and make a valuable contribution to character education within its community.”

George Stewart, Dunwoody Rotary Club, District 6900 School Character Education Chair