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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: 3/18/2019
  • 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: 5/7/2019
  • 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: 2/22/2019
  • 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: 3/16/2019
  • 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: 8/29/2018
  • 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 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-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. For consideration in the Ohio Beat the Odds scholarship program, an applicant must be a current high school junior in Ohio attending a public, charter or alternative high school who [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for African-American or black 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. Students must be currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a [...] More

Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2019
  • 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: 4/7/2019
  • 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: 2/9/2019
  • 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 Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/22/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Car crashes are the number one killer of young people in America. Create Real Impact wants you to create and promote innovative and effective solutions to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video). There are a total of 10 awards, ranging from $500 to $1500. The contest is open to students (ages 14-22) enrolled in [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2019
  • 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

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program for Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2019
  • 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: 5/1/2019
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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. Create awareness about environmental issues that impact women and girls. Maybe it's a profile of a woman making a difference in the field, a law legislated by a woman, a specific problem that affects the economic activity of women in a [...] More

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2019
  • 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: 4/15/2019
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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: 3/15/2019
  • 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

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • 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: 12/2/2018
  • 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: 2/1/2019
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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: 3/15/2019
  • 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: 4/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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: 3/15/2019
  • 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 $5,000 Local Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • One, non-renewable award of $5,000 will be awarded per year. Multiple $500 runners-up will be selected as well. 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 Pinellas county Florida. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Social Entrepreneur Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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: 11/15/2018
  • 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

The Tenfold Initiative Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/16/2019
  • 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: 4/30/2019
  • 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: 3/15/2019
  • 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: 2/14/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicants must be a resident of Mississippi and enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school and must sing, dance or play a musical instrument. To enter, you must 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. You must be able to [...] More

WSAJ American Justice Essay & Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $3,750
  • The WSAJ American Justice Essay & Video Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are residents attending high school in Washington state. Students need not attend a Washington college, but must start college within the next two years to receive the funds. The prompt is: "How should schools and employers respond to public protests, such as protesting during the national anthem or [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2019
  • 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, [...] More

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