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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.

Advocacy in Action Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The problem: At least one in three U.S. students goes to school within the danger zone of a chemical facility. A major chemical release or explosion could put their lives in danger.

    Eligibility:
    -Currently in grades 9-12 at a U.S. school. This includes homeschooled students. Students do not have to be an American citizen to participate.

    The basic criteria is to: 1) talk about the risk [...] More

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2017
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

  • Application Deadline: 2/22/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. This program began in 1999 and is funded [...] More

Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship of $10,000 awarded to a high school senior who graduated from The Goddard School. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino's commitment to his career, family and community.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a graduate of a Goddard School Pr-Kindergarten and/or [...] More

ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2017
  • Amount: $500
  • There has been a lot of talk about transportation and infrastructure lately, ranging from debates in high school to debates in Congress. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) would like to know what you think.

    The top two student videos (one winner in each category), as selected by ARTBA, will each be awarded a $500 cash prize. The winners, along with other [...] More

BBB Foundation's Students of Integrity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/13/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school seniors who personify high ethics, as demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic accomplishments. A scholarship will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon or Western Washington. High school seniors from across the [...] More

Beat the Odds Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship program honors outstanding high school students who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. Annually, CDF-Ohio identifies five Ohio high school students to honor and support by providing each with a college scholarship, a laptop computer, an invitation to join CDF's youth [...] More

Biotech ThirdBio's Jam Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Jeff & Jack Morhet Scholarship Fund (JAM) is to provide scholarships for students majoring in Bio Sciences or related fields and attending an Arizona University.

    Eligibility:
    -Be attending a college or university as an undergraduate as of September 1 of the school year for which the scholarship award is to be made.
    -Applicants must be attending a college or university in [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2017
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for students with majors in the 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.

    Eligibility:
    -U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
    -Currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming [...] More

Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/25/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/7/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 ust 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

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/9/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Courageous Persuaders is a peer-to-peer national scholarship competition that invites high school students in grades 9-12 to create a 30-second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking and the dangers of texting while driving. High school students can enter separate videos in both categories. The program was built upon the premise that high school students [...] More

Create Real Impact Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/17/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America, and the majority are preventable. Create Real Impact motivates young people to promote innovative and effective solutions and strategies to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video) with two special categories (Spanish Language and Sports Theme).

    Contest is [...] More

Defensive Driving Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • One (1) winning applicant will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Award money is to be applied to cover winners educational expenses in the field or major of their choosing. The receipt of this award by the winner is subject to the following conditions: all monetary awards must be applied to cover winner's college, university or vocational school tuition and education-related expenses, such as room [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • 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 seniors [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Competition

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2017
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world "What I see for the future." From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a [...] More

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/27/2017
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The ESA Foundation scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the USA. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. Women and minority students are eligible to apply, so long as they are U.S. citizens and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Students [...] More

Free Speech Scholarship in Tennessee

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2017
  • Amount: $500
  • At the Law Offices of Phillip H. Miller in Nashville Tennessee, we believe that education and free speech are important aspects of our democracy and make America great. The Law Offices of Phillip H. Miller in Nashville Tennessee will award 5 winning applicants a scholarship. The scholarship can be used for any school related expenses, such as tuition and books.

    Four of the scholarships will be [...] More

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Green IS Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Do you know a Girl Greening Up the World? The Ian Somerhalder (IS) Foundation & Girls Impact the World have partnered to present the inaugural GITW/Green IS Award.

    Students submit your 3-5 minute film on environmental issues that either:

    1. Propose solutions to environmental issues that impact women and girls

    or

    2. Create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and [...] More

IPO Education Foundation IP Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation IP Video Contest is open to individuals who reside in the fifty United States, including the District of Columbia, and territories and possession of the United States, ages 13 and older. Contestants will be judged according to their age group: 13-15 years-old, 16-18 years-old, and 19 and over. There will be two winners in the 13-15 and [...] More

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to honor Arab American students who excel in media studies.

    Eligibility:
    -Be a currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student
    -Majoring in journalism, radio, television and/or film
    -Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
    -Be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Liberty Lab for Film Grant

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2017
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Liberty Lab for Film (or LLF) is an advanced program for those who have filmmaking, screenwriting, producing experience and want an opportunity to work alongside like-minded creatives with the guidance of seasoned professionals such as Daniel Knauf, (co-executive producer, NBC's The Blacklist) Adam Simon (creator of the FOX series Salem) and screenwriter David H. Steinberg (American Pie 2) [...] More

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $15,000
  • The loss of a parent or guardian is one of life's most difficult ordeals. The emotional strain can be devastating to children and young adults. And for too many families, an untimely death also brings financial stress, making recovery all the more difficult. Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual [...] More

Light Metals Division Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Scholarships in the amount of $4,000 are available to full-time undergraduate applicants in their sophomore or junior years, who are majoring in metallurgical and/or materials science and engineering with an emphasis on both traditional (aluminum, magnesium, beryllium, titanium, lithium and other reactive metals) and emerging (composites, laminates, etc.) light metals. Additionally, recipients [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Hello Cloud Online Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Every month, one student will win our $1,000 sweepstakes. To compete, all you need to do is sign up for Azure (free, no credit card required) through Microsoft Imagine and then complete one or more of our Hello Cloud activities. Each activity you complete gives you another chance to win. And you only have to do each activity once - your name will still be in the sweepstakes month after month. [...] More

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The Council’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, and safe food that nourishes [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2017
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a U.S. citizen
    -The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students
    -The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an [...] More

Northern State University Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Northern State University offers music scholarships to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions. If you are unable to attend auditions, you are required to submit a recording. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only.

    Applicants are required to complete three references by simply sending a link to anyone whom can provide the best and most accurate assessment of the [...] More

NPPF TV Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Opportunities for true photojournalism in television news have prompted this scholarship. It is one way to encourage those involved in television production to see the person holding the camera as more than a camera person, a true photojournalist. Like the scholarships for still photographers, this award is aimed at those students with television news photojournalism potential, but with little [...] More

NSHSS Earth Day Awards

  • Application Deadline: 3/25/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The NSHSS Foundation has partnered with the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) to encourage environmental stewardship among high school students globally through the Earth Day Award competition. Prizes of $500 are awarded to high school students in recognition of environmental stewardship, leadership and volunteerism expressed through the Earth Day projects submitted for the competition. The project [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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. For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive [...] More

Richard J Holland Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship was established to remember the life and legacy of a great man, friend, son, and brother. Richard Holland was more than any one of these things - he was an infectious personality, a loyal teammate, a genuine smile, and a young soul.

    Eligibility:
    -3.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale for High School applicant) or 3.0 GPA (on 4.0 scale for College applicant)
    -Plan to [...] More

Right Fit Foundation $2,500 Local Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The scholarship will be a one time (non-renewable) award of $2,500 and there will be one winner per year. The foundation also awards $500 to multiple finalists (number varies per year). A student must ultimately be admitted to and attend an accredited four year college or university, because the funds will be paid directly to the university. Preference will be given to middle income [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/6/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Enter Metzger Wickersham's Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting an original project about the dangers of drunk and/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, poems, paintings, drawings, t-shirts, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, brochures, websites, and [...] More

Social Entrepreneur Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Social Entrepreneur Award represents the collaborative and innovative spirit of the Students Serving Washington Awards. Washington Campus Compact will present a unique question, or social entrepreneurial challenge, in each of the critical issue areas. These social entrepreneur challenges will act as prompts for student service leaders to develop novel, innovative solutions that address the [...] More

SSWA Outstanding Service Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $7,500
  • The Outstanding Service Award will recognize students at Washington Campus Compact member institutions who are engaged in current service projects addressing critical issues.

    Student service leaders submit an online application form consisting of project details, stories, photos, and videos. Students are encouraged to utilize social media to promote and highlight their work. In addition to the [...] More

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $25,000
  • We're looking for the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers - whose post-high school education we will help fund. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the next generation. Create and submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life's passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make [...] More

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2017
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation's mission is to expand educational and [...] More

The Tenfold Initiative Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/16/2017
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Lisa Laine Miller, began her journey as an artist struggling to make ends meet. Unbelievably, two of her high school art teachers personally contributed to her first college courses and the inspiration for the future Tenfold Initiative was born. Through this, we were inspired to create The Tenfold Initiative to honor the dedicated teachers and mentors in our lives. Particularly, Lisa's own high [...] More

The Washington Post Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2017
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Washington Post is one of the world's premier news organizations, in print and online. The newspaper maintains an array of bureaus around the world, reports on all aspects of national politics and the federal government, and covers greater Washington, an increasingly diverse region that includes the nation's capital and its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, including both state capital [...] More

TKE Ronald Reagan Leadership Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Named in honor of the 40th president of the United States, this award recognizes Frater Reagan’s dedication and loyalty to Tau Kappa Epsilon. Frater Reagan was initiated a Teke at Iota Chapter at Eureka College. He served as chairman of the Grand Prytanis Advisory Committee and offered his talents in the production of the “Fraternity for Life” film and the “Above All Else . . . TKE” recruitment [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibility:
    -You must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school
    -You must sing, dance or play a musical instrument and submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as a semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the Finale to be held in Tupelo, Mississippi on a date to be announced later. You must be able [...] More

WSAJ American Justice Essay & Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/17/2018
  • Amount: $3,750
  • As part of the Washington State Association for Justice’s (WSAJ) commitment to foster an awareness and understanding of the important role that the civil justice system plays in our society, WSAJ sponsors an annual statewide student essay and video scholarship program. For 2017, WSAJ will award two, $3,500 scholarships, one to an essayist and one to a videographer. The video scholarship winner’s [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The theme for the 13th Annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest is "What what you #Tweet! How free should social media be?"

    The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of freedom of speech on social media. Should schools be allowed to punish students for off-campus posts? Can the government censor [...] More

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