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.
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 Scholarships.com. You’ll be matched with awards that
reflect your interests and characteristics, including film and video.
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. Eligible applicants must be at least 25% Asian, have a 3.5 GPA, and be a US [...] More
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". Students come to Washington, D.C., to participate in an all-expenses-paid journalism conference at the Newseum. Students must fill out an application, and will be notified by mid-May if they [...] More
BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments. A scholarship will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western [...] More
The Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. For consideration in the Beat the Odds scholarship program, an applicant must be a current high school student in Ohio, New York, California, Texas, Minnesota or Washington, D.C. [...] More
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s [...] More
Coloradans for Nebraska is offering Scholarships to Colorado high school graduates that will be or are attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, or the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Scholarships are awarded to Colorado high school graduates based on scholastic achievement, school activities, extracurricular activities, career goals, letters of [...] More
The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Inc. presents the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program to Foster Journalism Careers. Awards will be given during the CTSPJ annual dinner and awards banquet on May 25th. Applicants must be starting junior or senior year in the coming fall at an accredited university in Connecticut or be a Connecticut resident enrolled in an accredited [...] More
Need money to help with college expenses? Passionate about litter prevention in your community? Enter the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest for a chance to win a $6,000 grand prize scholarship or one of two $2,000 scholarship awards!
Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school [...] More
Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on how you are uniquely strong. Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The National Winner's artwork will be displayed on Google.com for one day. He or she will also receive a $30,000 [...] More
The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) offers this scholarship to help eligible applicants attain their educational goals. This is a one-time award and is not renewable. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a college or vocational school (high school senior or older). The FMAA Manufacturer Members have a genuine interest in hearing the meaning the American flag holds for [...] More
The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to honor Arab American students who excel in media studies. Applicants must be: currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student; majoring in journalism, radio, television and/or film; have a 3.0 GPA; and, be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. In addition to some basic information, you'll need to submit either a 500-word essay or a 3-minute video discussing how the death of your [...] More
Members of Maryland or District of Columbia-based credit unions and members of credit unions that are affiliated with the MD & DC Credit Union Association are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants can choose between the writing, video, or photo contest. Applicants must be entering their freshman through senior year of college or trade school. This scholarship does not apply to [...] More
Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. Eligible applicants must be in grades 9 through 12 and be US citizens. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More
Since 2013, The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry's most prestigious gatherings. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel [...] More
The NSHSS Foundation encourages environmental stewardship among high school students globally through the Earth Day Award competition. The project is open to all high school students annually. Applicants are asked to submit details about an environmental project that they are currently working on, or one that will be initiated for Earth Day in their home, school, and/or community. Requirements [...] More
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. This competition has two levels, one for high school juniors and seniors (or the equivalent thereof) between the ages of 14 and 20 at the time of entry ("HS Contest") and one for undergraduate college [...] More
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 [...] More
Each year the Right Fit Foundation provides a local scholarship to a college-bound student in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas County in order to help middle income families with the growing cost of college. Applicants must be admitted to and attend an accredited four year college or university. Preference will be given to middle income families. Applicants must be U.S. citizens residing in [...] More
Enter the Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting an original project about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time. Creative projects may include posters, paintings, drawings, t-shirts, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, and more. Entries will be judged on whether the [...] More
Social Entrepreneur Award recipients will receive $10,000 in seed grant funding to be used for developing their proposal into a project that addresses the critical issue. Students must be currently enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits at a Washington Campus Compact member institution. Student applicants must identify one college/university sponsor (faculty or administrator) and/or one public or [...] More
Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. The focus of work and entries is photojournalism. Various scholarships will be awarded to those students whose work "tells a story." This is a fairly broad topic and may include a [...] More
The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing competition that invites students around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. This is open to all countries except for regions that are currently sanctioned. All Finalists will be publicly announced in August. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
FAFSA is an acronym. It stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". Please take note that the first word in the acronym is "Free". You do not need to pay to fill out the FAFSA but there are certainly websites out there that will charge you for their assistance. If you are asked for a credit card at any point in the process, you are at one of these sites. If you do not want to pay to complete the FAFSA, be sure to apply at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. The FAFSA must be completed by you and your family each year if you wish to be considered for need-based grants from the college or university you are or will be attending as well as subsidized student loans. [...]
A study abroad program can be the beginning of the most exciting chapter of your college experience. Often, the travel, housing, credits and even food are included in the price of the program you choose. However, this is no reason not to look for more financial opportunities! [...]
As you get ready for this next big step in your life, this last year at home can feel like the longest and the shortest you ever had! While you prepare to select a college and research scholarships and financial aid, don’t forget to spend some quality time with your friends and family. While movies, even when based on a true story, are always a little bit fantastic, they are also works of art that share experiences among their viewers. [...]