Courageous RI Youth Media Contest

May 22, 2025
Awards Available: 17

Scholarship Description

Middle school, high school, and college students from across Rhode Island, along with the rest of the nation and world are welcome to participate.

We’re looking for creative work that addresses this question: How can media literacy, active listening, kindness and compassion, and community engagement reduce the hate and fear that leads to violence.


  • Middle school, high school or college student
  • Ability and interest in visual and/or audio arts

Submission Requirements

  • Student creators' names and institutional affiliations
  • Teacher or program leader's name and affiliation (if applicable)
  • Email addresses
  • A 300 word artist statement explaining how the work aligns with CRI themes and the creative intentions behind it.
  • A list of any copyrighted material used (if applicable)
  • If generative AI is used, explain the specific process used in the artist statement
  • Permission forms for submissions featuring children under 18 (if applicable)

The Youth Media Contest accepts creative work in print (news stories, op-eds, poetry, short stories), graphic design / photography (memes, digital posters, and more), video (information, entertainment, or persuasion) or audio (original music, spoken word, podcasts) formats.

Judging and Selection

The contest will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges including community leaders, educators, and media professionals from Rhode Island. They'll be awarding a total of $7,000 in prizes, with the top honor being a $1,000 cash prize. Plus, students (and their teachers) will be recognized at a culminating in-person ceremony. There will also be an audience award determined by online votes. Scholarship Search