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Video Contest Scholarships

Are you an aspiring director or an up-and-coming YouTube star? Perhaps you’re just fascinated by movies and the process of making them. If you’ve got some spare time and access to recording equipment, your interest in film and video could help you pay for school.

From scholarships for film majors to video blogging contests, there are numerous ways to make your talents pay. Regardless of the nature of your interest in film and video, there is bound to be at least one scholarship video contest that is right up your alley. 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 ask you to create a promotional video for a product, or perhaps a public service announcement to further an idea. Others will reward you for pursuing your own creative efforts, whatever those may be.

Like a scholarship essay, a scholarship video will take time and effort to create. You won’t want to just quickly dash something off, but will want to understand the task you’re assigned 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 sources. 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.

AFA Teens Video Competition
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service. Recognizing this, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization, has created a division [...] More

Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
The Courageous Persuaders Video Scholarship Competition gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to create a 30-second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking. Emphasis is placed on concept and the message, not on production values. The winners are awarded scholarships for their creativity and effectiveness and these awards are presented at the [...] More

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