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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.

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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: 5/31/2023
  • 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.

    The scholarship awards $1,000 to be applied toward school tuition and fees. [...] More

Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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". You must be available to attend the all-expenses-paid conference in Washington, D.C., June 24-29. Students must fill out an application, and will be notified by mid-May if they are selected. [...] More

BBB Foundation Students of Integrity Video Scholarship - Northwest

  • Application Deadline: 3/23/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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 will be awarded to the winning application submitted by students residing in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Western [...] More

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for full time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in 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.

    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who is [...] More

Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/25/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Inc. presents the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program To Foster Journalism Careers. Award amounts: $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 and $1,000. To apply for a scholarship, students must start their junior, senior year in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded and be enrolled at an accredited university in Connecticut or be a Connecticut [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited college or university in the state of Texas for the Fall semester and who is [...] More

Doodle for Google Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/7/2023
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on this year's theme. Students can work with any materials they choose, but all Doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail 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. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college [...] More

FMAA Educational Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 Lessons Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $15,000
  • A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance. Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and [...] More

MD & DC Credit Union College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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, “American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow?” National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, [...] More

Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. People know distracted driving is dangerous, but they do it anyway. As an applicant you have one clear mission: create a PSA to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving, specifically using your phone while driving. Whether it’s sending a text, commenting on a photo, or messaging your friends in your [...] More

Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • 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. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 [...] More

Right Fit Foundation $5,000 Local Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • 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 [...] More

Social Entrepreneur Award

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • 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 photojournalists of high school and college age. Jim Cox, who was a television photojournalist in Phoenix, always "told a story" through his work, whether it was in video or still photography. Each award is $2,500.

    Five (5) [...] More

The Paradigm Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $100,000
  • The Paradigm Challenge is an ongoing competition that invites students up to age 18 from around the world to use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. Students may enter the Paradigm Challenge individually or as teams of any size. All types of entries are welcome, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, [...] More

Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Scholarship is open to all graduating Mississippi high school seniors. You must be a resident of Mississippi, be enrolled as a senior at a Mississippi high school and be graduating the year the scholarship is awarded. You must sing, dance, or play a musical instrument and submit a performance video for review by the selection committee by uploading to YouTube (do not [...] More
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