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Video Contest Scholarships

Are you an aspiring director or an up-and-coming YouTube star? Even if you are simply fascinated by movies and the process of making them, and have some spare time and access to recording equipment, your interest in film and video could help you pay for school.

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From film major scholarships to video blogging contests, there are numerous ways to make earn money for your talents. Regardless of the nature of your interest in film and video, there is bound to be at least one scholarship video contest that’s right for you. Along with colleges and employers, scholarship providers are embracing new technologies and the people who master them to create engaging and compelling videos. Some scholarship video contests may require a promotional video for a product, or a public service announcement. Others will reward you for pursuing your own creative efforts.

Like a scholarship essay, a scholarship video will take time and effort to create. Take time and diligence in your creation by understanding the assigned task and spend a considerable amount of time both drafting and editing. For more tips on winning a video scholarship check out our Top 10 tips for directing a scholarship-worthy video. Unlike a scholarship essay, it may be difficult to reuse a scholarship video for another award; but also unlike most essays, a good scholarship video may make a valuable addition to your portfolio if you choose to pursue film professionally.

Finding Video Scholarships

Scholarship video contests are increasingly popular and are offered by a variety of organizations. To give you an idea of what’s out there, we’ve included a few examples of scholarship video contests here. For more scholarship opportunities, complete a free scholarship search on You’ll be matched with awards that reflect your interests and characteristics, including film and video.

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline January 31, 2024

Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is, “American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow?” National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, ... Read more

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline February 14, 2024

The Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship is open to all graduating Mississippi high school seniors. You must be a resident of Mississippi, be enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school and be graduating the year the scholarship is awarded. You must sing, dance, or play a musical instrument and submit a performance video for review by the selection committee by uploading to YouTube (do not ... Read more

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Amount $15,000
  • Deadline March 1, 2024

A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance. Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and ... Read more

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

  • Amount $1,000
  • Deadline March 1, 2024

The annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference program targets rising high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of "free spirit". You must be available to attend the all-expenses-paid conference in Washington, D.C., in June. Students must fill out an application, and will be notified by mid-May if they are selected. ... Read more

Doodle for Google Scholarship

  • Amount $30,000
  • Deadline March 14, 2024

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what you’re grateful for. Students can work with any materials they choose, but all Doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png or .jpg. The National Winner's artwork will be displayed on for one day. The winner will also receive a $30,000 ... Read more

Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship

  • Amount $10,000
  • Deadline March 15, 2024

Applicants for the Richard J Holland Memorial Scholarship must plan to enroll or be enrolled in full time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire academic year. Must demonstrate leadership and participation in extracurricular activities and demonstrate financial need. The award is renewable up to 3 years. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 ... Read more

Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship

  • Amount $2,000
  • Deadline March 25, 2024

Are you a Colorado High School graduate planning to attend the University of Nebraska? Great news! The CO4NU scholarship could be your ticket to financial assistance. Read on to learn more about this opportunity. Application Period: Every year, typically in January or February, we post the CO4NU scholarship application on our website. Keep an eye out for the exact date. To be eligible ... Read more

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline March 31, 2024

The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited college or university in the state of Texas for the Fall semester and who is ... Read more

Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship

  • Amount $8,000
  • Deadline April 1, 2024

Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition with a clear mission: to bring about change by discouraging distracted driving, especially the use of phones while driving. The scholarship aims to encourage applicants to create impactful PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Scholarship Details Scholarship Name: Project Yellow ... Read more

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Amount $1,000
  • Deadline April 7, 2024

Enter Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting a creative project that educates people about the perils of dangerous driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time. Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest is open to graduating, college-bound high school seniors in Pennsylvania. Students may submit no ... Read more

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

  • Amount $2,500
  • Deadline April 12, 2024

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is offering scholarships for Arab American undergraduates who excel in media studies. Undergraduate juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film are eligible to apply. For those interested in applying, please submit the following: a one-page statement explaining why you merit the ... Read more

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Amount $3,000
  • Deadline April 14, 2024

The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for full time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who is ... Read more

MD & DC Credit Union College Scholarship

  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline April 15, 2024

College-bound members are eligible to apply for one of ten $1,000 essay-based scholarships – one $1,000 video-based scholarship; and one $1,000 photo-based scholarship. And, yes, you may apply in all three categories! College or trade school-bound members of any credit union based in Maryland or D.C. or affiliated with the MD|DC Credit Union Association are eligible. Deadline for ... Read more

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation College Scholarship

  • Amount $2,500
  • Deadline April 16, 2024

To apply for a scholarship, students must start their junior or senior year in the fall of 2023 and be enrolled at an accredited university in Connecticut or be a Connecticut resident enrolled in an accredited university in any state or country studying journalism. Winner’s checks will be made out to student’s account, care of their school or bursar’s office. The application and any accompanying ... Read more

Microsoft Imagine Cup

  • Amount $50,000
  • Deadline April 23, 2024

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is a global contest for the best new student games and the winning team will take home $50,000 (US). Create a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure and you could win big at the Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle. Many of our competitions are intended for teams, so you may also need ... Read more

The Paradigm Challenge

  • Amount $100,000
  • Deadline May 1, 2024

The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing competition that invites students up to age 18 from around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. Students may enter the Paradigm Challenge individually or as teams of any size. All types of entries are welcome, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, ... Read more

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Amount $1,500
  • Deadline May 31, 2024

The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian American community. To be eligible, applicants must: be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ... Read more

FMAA Scholarship Program

  • Amount $2,000
  • Deadline June 14, 2024

The FMAA Scholarship Program is an annual program offering college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have thoughtfully and creatively shared what the American flag means to them through original videos. The FMAA Scholarship Program gives high school seniors an opportunity to express their feelings regarding the flag and their own views on patriotism, as well as raising awareness ... Read more

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Amount $2,500
  • Deadline November 15, 2024

In honor of the late James Alan Cox, a trailblazing television photojournalist, the James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists is committed to supporting the next generation of visual storytellers. This foundation, founded to celebrate Jim Cox's legacy, recognizes the power of storytelling through the lens and provides financial aid to high school and college student ... Read more

Student Civic Leadership Awards

  • Amount $1,000
  • Deadline Varies

The Student Civic Leadership Awards recognize outstanding student leaders at Washington Campus Coalition member campuses for their work in civic engagement and social entrepreneurship. All students enrolled in Washington Campus Coalition’s member institutions are eligible, so long as they are doing civic engagement work or social entrepreneurship. Both graduate and undergraduate students may be ... Read more

Last Reviewed: November 2023