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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.

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.

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2020
  • 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: 2/1/2021
  • 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. Students must fill out an application, and will be notified by mid-May if they [...] More

ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 8/29/2020
  • 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 submitted [...] More

BBB Foundation Students of Integrity Scholarship - Northwest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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 of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, [...] More

Beat the Odds Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 junior in Ohio, New York, California, Texas, Minnesota or Washington, D.C. attending [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 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 [...] More

Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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: 4/7/2020
  • 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 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

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 2/9/2021
  • 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

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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: 3/13/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what kindness means to you. 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

FMAA Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Eligible applicants must be high school seniors continuing their education in a degree program, to help them attain their education goals. 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. The winning video entry will be made available on YouTube and the FMAA web site.
    For more information or to [...] More

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • 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

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2020
  • 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. 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 [...] More

NPPF TV News Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • NPPA members provide support for this scholarship, especially members of the NPPF Booster Club made up of NPPA life members. The scholarship is for television photojournalism or multimedia students specializing in video. Open only to undergraduate students. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s [...] More

NSHSS Earth Day Awards

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • 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. Applicants must 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 include a [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • 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 $1,000. Applicants must create a video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important [...] More

Richard J Holland Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

Right Fit Foundation $5,000 Local Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Each year we provide a $5,000 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 Hillsborough, Pasco or [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • 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

SSWA Outstanding Service Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2020
  • 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. 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

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest invites filmmakers under 19 years old to submit a four-minute film on a specific topic. Each film must be accompanied by an artist’s statement discussing the elements that speak to these or other reflective questions about the limits of protest. Be thoughtful, be creative and be original.
    The top three winners receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and [...] More

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