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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 Deadlines: March 18, Annually
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.

The solution: Create a short film exploring the dangers from chemical facilities and offering solutions for protecting our communities. All students grades 9-12 are eligible to participate and will compete to win [...] More

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
To provide 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.

Two Awards:
Minimum of $1,500 to be applied toward school tuition and fees

General Eligibility Requirements:
- Be a [...] More

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
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." The Free Spirit Scholarship, presented by the Freedom Forum in honor of its founder, Al Neuharth, awards one winner $1,000 and they will be invited to attent the Free Spirit Journalism [...] More

Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 16, Annually
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.

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

ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest
Application Deadlines: August 31, Annually
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 Deadlines: February 14, Annually
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 of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon or Western Washington. High school seniors from [...] More

Biotech ThirdBio's Jam Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
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.

-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

Californians for Population Stabilization
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Californians for Population Stabilization would like to invite you to enter the Crowdifornia Video Contest!

Relate your original CROWDIFORNIA video to at least one of the following aspects of life directly impacted by population growth. Tell us how it’s being impacted and propose a solution. Be creative. Make it funny, touching, informative, smart – it’s up to you. Just make it awesome!

1. [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006. This program provides financial awards to students who have a passion for and plan on pursuing a career in the visual arts.

• To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship, applicants must:
• Bea full-time undergraduate degree-seeking student at an accredited college or university OR a current high [...] More

Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
The Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds ® Scholarship Program honors, celebrates, and rewards outstanding high school juniors who have overcome tremendous adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate strong leadership in their community, and aspire to continue their education.


Scholarship applicants must be nominated by an adult (often a counselor, but not in [...] More

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Inc. presents the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program To Foster Journalism Careers.

The awards recognize Bob Eddy, the late publisher of The Hartford Courant, and founder of the Connecticut SPJ chapter; the late Richard Peck, a veteran news reporter and city editor of The Connecticut Post; the late James Clark, a veteran reporter for The [...] More

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: February 11, Annually
Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the Detroit Auto Dealers Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.

Open to all [...] More

Create Real Impact
Application Deadlines: November 05, Annually
Impact Teen Drivers presents the Create Real Impact Contest, which offers students aged 14-22 an opportunity to earn educational grants for their creative solutions to the deadly, yet preventable problem of distracted and reckless driving.

Four categories to share your message: writing, art, music, and video.
Three languages to share your message in: English, Spanish, and American Sign [...] More

Defensive Driving Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
DEADLINE: April 30th

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

Open to high school seniors or college students who are legal residents of the United States
Scholarship payable to the winner who should be living in the United States
Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than Fall
Winner is not based on financial need
Relatives of DefensiveDriving.com staff [...] More

Disabled Students Pursuing a Career in Law
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
We are proud to support students with disabilities by offering a $1,000 scholarship specifically for disabled students pursuing a law career. This scholarship can be applied to any institution of your choice, and will provide an extra boost for students with disabilities who are preparing to transition into academics, and eventually into a career in law.

We offer the opportunity to write an [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Art Competition
Application Deadlines: December 07, Annually
From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Now, with the Google homepage as their canvas, we're asking students to do the same. Young artists can doodle with any materials to show what makes them unique, and the winner’s artwork will be featured on our homepage for a day.

Students can create a doodle that tells the world "What makes [...] More

Earth Day Awards
Application Deadlines: February 29, Annually
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

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
The East Villagers Non-Profit Community is offering an opportunity for young service-minded scholars to express their passion for community service through essay writing and art. Winners from Northern California will be invited to read their essays at the annual Service Scholar Award Celebration hosted by the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation. Students must complete five hours of community [...] More

Empower Challenge Video Contest
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
Educate and Empower Kids is a non-profit dedicated to encouraging youth to develop healthy and fulfilling relationships through love, communication, education and empowerment.

The Empower Challenge is a scholarship competition for students ages 12-18. The goal is to create a short video in line with one of the following 5 topics:

1. Sex talks gone wrong – How have parents or teachers [...] More

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
In 2007 the ESA Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 we extended this opportunity to graduating high school seniors and doubled the amount of awards granted from 15 to 30.

The scholarships are offered for full-time undergraduate study at accredited four-year colleges [...] More

Flag Manufacturers Association of America Educational Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
Eligible applicants must be high school seniors continuing their education in a degree program, to help them attain their education goals.

Scholarships totaling up to $2,000 will be awarded annually. This is a one-time award and is not renewable. The winning video entry will become the property of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America and will be made available on YouTube and the [...] More

Future Leaders of St. Louis Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 28, Annually
Are you a diehard fan of Law & Order or True Detective? Do you read SCOTUSblog? Do you follow local, regional, or national politics?

If you are interested in the legal field or a related field; such as government, politics, criminal justice, or finance; and are a high school or college student, apply today for the $1,000 Finney Law Office Future Leaders of St. Louis Scholarship.
This [...] More

Girls Impact the World Film Festival Green IS Award
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
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


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

IFWE Student Video Contest
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
How can every choice I make glorify God? What is the connection between following God's call for my life and finding fulfillment? How can I effectively help the poor, even as a student?

If you are a high school or college student, create a compelling and creative one to three minute video illustrating your response to questions like these.

At the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, we [...] More

IPO Education Foundation IP Video Contest
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
Why is the patent system important?

Consider the value of the U.S. patent system and how it fosters innovation. Inventors play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. How does the patent system aid inventors? What role do patents play in the invention cycle? What would the world be like without the patent system?

Create an original video that conveys why [...] More

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to recognize Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. To be eligible for this award, aplicants must:
- Be undergraduate juniors, seniors orgraduate students
- Be attending college in the coming academic year
- Be majoring in mass communications, journalism, radio, television, and/or film
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA [...] More

JW Surety Bonds Scholarship Giveaway
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Create content for our corporate blog and be entered to win up to $1,000 in college tuition (U.S. accredited institutions only). Submit an original article, video, slideshow or infographic to be posted on our corporate website, showcasing your talent and skills in your field of study.

See our website for a list of categories on which to base your content. Here you will find extensive [...] More

Liberty Lab for Film Grant
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
Get a $10,000 Grant to Make a Short Film in the Liberty Lab Program

Taliesin Nexus is seeking applications for the Liberty Lab for Film program, which provides grants of $10,000 to seven teams of filmmakers to create a short film or web series with a liberty-related theme. Each team of two filmmakers will be assigned a mentor from among our faculty of seasoned Hollywood professionals, [...] More

Life Lessons Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 03, Annually
The nonprofit Life Happens annually sponsors the Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors who have experienced the death of a parent or legal guardian. The program application is open in the February timeframe every year. The 2015 deadline is March 2.

The Life Lessons Scholarship Program is open only to legal residents of the United States, [...] More

Making Moves Award
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
The Making Moves Financial Award was created to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit in Johnson County's young adults. This financial award is $500 and is paid directly to the student with no use limitations. It is your decision how you will use your award: If we pick you, we trust you will put it to great use. In addition to the money, we will also highlight you and your story on our website. [...] More

MD & DC Credit Union College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Credit Union Foundation of MD & D.C. is pleased to announce its $11,000 College Scholarship Program. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the winning essay-based applicants in May, and a new video-based award category has been added and will earn the selected video producer a $1,000 college scholarship.

For complete information and the application form, visit website.

Any member [...] More

Media Plan Case Competition
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
Interested in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the opportunity to network with media industry leaders? Enter the Media Plan Case Competition!

The Media Plan Case Competition identifies talented undergraduates from across the country and brings the finalists to Washington, D.C. for a week of networking and out-of-the-classroom educational opportunities with organizations such as [...] More

My Mentor Was Me Video Challenge
Application Deadlines: July 31, Annually
How does it work? Contestants are required to produce and upload an original video identifying and describing the impact a mentor has had on "your" pursuit of success and the importance of mentor-mentee relationships.


1. Open to HS seniors, undergraduate, and graduate level students. Contest is open to International Student.

2. Applicant must be attending a school within the [...] More

Nationa AG Day Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The Ag Day Essay Contest is divided into two categories of competition: written essay and video essay. Both are national competitions. Contestants must compose an original written essay and/or video essay with limited guidance from adults, teachers or agricultural industry professionals. Interviews with industry professionals are acceptable research; input beyond research is [...] More

National Museum of American History Film Fellowship in Partnership with American University Graduate School of Communication
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
The National Museum of American History (NMAH) has a track record of innovative and successful electronic outreach. Through innovative and appropriate uses of technology, the Department of New Media facilitates interaction with the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and programs, both inside and outside the walls of the museum. Integral to NMAH’s strategy is striving for excellence in leveraging [...] More

National Parks Reservations Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
National Park Reservations is offering a $1,500 scholarship to the winner of their video contest. Students eligible for this scholarship will submit a 30-60 send video on answering the prompt and submit via the online application. See official rules for more informations and eligibility [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 02, Annually
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.

-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

NPPF Television News Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
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

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant, you have one clear mission: encourage other teens to develop and embrace safe driving habits. Specifically - don't text and drive. The first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,000. The second-place winner will receive $500 and the third-place winner will receive $200. In [...] More

Richard J Holland Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
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.

The scholarship is targeted for high school seniors in the speech and debate community, it has a 3 - 5 minute video speech [...] More

Right Fit Foundation $2,500 Local Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
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 Deadlines: May 06, Annually
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

TechnologyAdvice STEM Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
Essay Description
What are your career aspirations within your STEM discipline?

In a written essay 500 words or less, or a video shorter than three minutes, detail your career aspirations in your STEM discipline and how this scholarship will support you attaining your goals. Within the essay, please include explanation of financial need or challenges you are facing while pursuing a STEM [...] More

The BLR Scholarship: Film Edition
Application Deadlines: August 31, Annually
The first of its kind, the BLR Scholarship seeks to spread awareness of protecting one's family or business with life insurance, but with a unique twist! Students of photography and filmography are asked to portray the emotional characteristics of life insurance with use of photography, video and music.

The peril of losing someone seems distant at times, but it's a real life situation many [...] More

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photographers 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 Paradigm Challenge
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
We designed The Paradigm Challenge to inspire youth innovation to address important social issues and to enhance each person’s awareness of his or her ability and responsibility to affect positive change in the world. When it comes to service learning, we agree with Aristotle’s observation that “good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition [...] More

The Paradigm Challenge Meet a Hero Contest
Application Deadlines: September 30, Annually
Each month, Project Paradigm will host a different photo or video contest to help fight against home fires. Firefighters perform heroic acts to keep us safe. This month, interview a firefighter about the importance of fire safety and how youth can help prevent home fires.

Prepare a few questions about how kids can help solve the problem of home fires. Then create a video of your interview or, [...] More

The Tenfold Initiative
Application Deadlines: May 16, Annually
At LaineGabriel we believe that it only takes one person to make a big difference in the lives of many.That is why LaineGabriel is happy to return the good fortune through our program, The Tenfold Initiative.

The Tenfold Initiative scholarship is available to a high school senior (graduating before July 1st) who is located in the Central Ohio region. Students must be enrolled or accepted at a [...] More

TKE Educational Foundation Ronald Reagan Leadership Award
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Named in honor of our nation's 40th President and initiate of Iota Chapter at Eureka College, this award recognizes Frater Reagan's dedication and loyalty to Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Frater Reagan 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" rush video. He is a recipient of the [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Awards are $5000 for first place, $3000 for second and $2000 for third.
-You must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi High School graduating in 2016.
-You must sing, dance or play a musical instrument and submit a performance MP4 video for review by the selection committee. If chosen as semi-finalist, you will be invited to perform live at the [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 14, Annually
Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club Music Scholarship

-Be a Mississippi high school senior, graduating in 2016
-Send a demo video (mp4) of one Elvis song and one of your choice

For further instructions and info, visit the fan club website [...] More

Washington Post Journalism Fellowship in Partnership with American University Graduate School
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
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

Washington State Association for Justice - American Justice Essay and Video Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 13, Annually
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 video scholarship program. For 2015, WSAJ will award two, $2,000 scholarships, one to an essayist and one to a videographer. The video scholarship winner’s piece [...] More

Washington State Association for Justice High School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 18, Annually
The Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) is proud to offer two distinct scholarship programs, each with two recipients, for high school seniors. The two following scholarships are:

1. American Justice Essay and Video Scholarship: which echoes WSAJ's commitment to fostering awareness and a strong understanding of the role of the civil justice system in our society. This year's prompt [...] More

Web Design & Development Scholarship - eSchoolView
Application Deadlines: February 06, Annually
This Web Design & Development Scholarship is for any high school senior across the country interested in pursuing graphic design, web design or web development. Students entering this contest are required to develop a homepage and one interior page for an educational website that does not yet exist on the web. The site does not have to be live, but those that are will be awarded additional points [...] More

Women in Science Scholarship
Application Deadlines: November 01, Annually
The Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship was designed specifically to support Arizona women pursuing education in the hard sciences, a traditionally male-dominated field. Women interested in pursuing a career in medicine or natural science, and who live and plan to attend school in Arizona, are welcome to apply for the $2,500 scholarship.

The scholarship award is to be used toward [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest
Application Deadlines: December 14, Annually
The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of sanitized satire and offensive humor. Can any topic be made the subject of a joke, or should society police humor that some find distasteful or offensive? How does uncensored comedy survive when faced with claims of offense or even threats of violence? [...] More

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