This week's Scholarship of the Week is a video contest for undergraduate and high school students, ages 19 and younger, who are interested in issues of free speech and free expression in schools. The 2009 Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest offers students a chance to create a video response to the question "free speech in schools (does it exist?)" and compete for a $1,000 cash prize as well as a $5,000 film school scholarship. Videos can be any genre, including documentaries, music videos, experimental films, or animation. Entries will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity.
Prizes First prize: $1,000 plus either a $5,000 scholarship to the New York Film Academy or a one-week digital filmmaking workshop; Second prize: $500; Third prize: $250
Eligibility: Applicants must reside in the United States or its territories (citizenship not required), and must be age 19 or younger on the day their film is submitted.
Deadline: October 23, 2009
Required Material:  A film of no more than four minutes in length that addresses the theme "Free Speech in School (Does It Exist?)" uploaded to YouTube and submitted along with a 250-word essay describing the film and your creative process.
Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.