What comes to mind when you think of scholarship applications? Personal statements, essays, short answers, letters of recommendation… But you may not think of another type of scholarship application: original videos. That’s right, put down your pen, and stop typing, because the following scholarships allow you to express yourself through the creative means of video production.
1. A Voice for Animals Contest
Award: $1,500 – $750
Video Requirements: Actively participate in a project that promotes the humane treatment of animals. Demonstrate your accomplishments by creating an original video. (Alternatively, you may write an essay accompanied by photos or create a digital photo journal/album.)
2. AFA Teens Video Competition
Award: $250 – $500
Video Requirements: Submit an autobiography and create an artistic or documentary video two minutes or less about Alzheimer’s disease.
3. ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest
Video Requirements: Submit a two- to four-minute video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States.
4. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition
Award: $250 – $5,000
Video Requirements: Create a five- to eight-minute video documentary on a given topic.
5. Copyright Awareness Scholarship
Video Requirements: Submit a creative video presentation between 30 seconds and three minutes that can be used to educate you peers on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law.
6. Create Real Impact Contest
Award: $500 – $1,500
Video Requirements: Create an original work showcasing the problem of reckless and distracted driving.
7. Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway
Award: $2,500 – $100,000
Video Requirements: Submit a video about your one-of-a-kind story and how you plan to make an impact on the world.
8. Engineering for You Video Contest
Award: $5,000 – $25,000
Video Requirements: Create a one- to two-minute video showing engineering contributions that serve human welfare and the needs of society within a given time period.
9. First Freedom Student Competition
Video Requirements: Submit a video production that examines the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. (Alternatively, you may submit a written essay.)
10. FMAA Scholarship Program
Video Requirements: Submit a short video explaining what the American flag means to you.
11. IP Video Contest
Video Requirements: Create a video no more than 90 seconds in length that answers one of the given questions about patented inventions.
12. Project Yellow Light Hunter Garner Scholarship
Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Video Requirements: Create a video designed to motivate, persuade, and encourage teens not to text while driving.
13. Swackhamer Disarmament Video Contest
Award: $50 – $500
Video Requirements: Create a video three minutes or less that addresses a given topic related to nuclear weapons.
14. Teens Drive Smart Video Contest
Award: $2,500 – $20,000
Video Requirements: Submit an original video about safe driving.
15. The Christophers Video Contest for College Students
Award: $100 – $2,000
Video Requirements: Create a video that communicates the message that one person can make a difference.
16. Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge
Award: $7,500 – $15,000
Video Requirements: Create a 60- to 90-second video describing what you will do to help make teens safer drivers.
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Remember the Blair Witch Project? The student-filmed production, found a year after the “disappearance” of the three students who shot the haunting footage, won 11 film awards. Pretty good for amateurs.
While you may not win any Oscars, a great video can win you money for school in video contests. FastWeb’s Why I Deserve a Scholarship video contest is a great example.
Not camera savvy? It’s OK — we’ve got you covered. Just follow these simple steps and let the voters know why you deserve a scholarship.
- Don’t whitewash yourself with a bland or busy scene. A white wall and a hectic, city street are two ends of the spectrum. Steer clear of both — your backdrop should be interesting but not too distracting. Also avoid lampposts or statues coming out of your head.
- Tell it to us straight. Audio is just as important as the video — especially if you’re explaining why you deserve a hefty scholarship. If your film has any action, your best bet for good sound quality is to remove or turn off the microphone. Otherwise, the voters will be more concerned with the shifting volume than with the content.
- Light up the stage. Chances are you don’t have access to specialized lighting equipment. But you do have a resource that is free and au naturale — the sun.
- Get ready for your close up. If you’re filming yourself, make sure you’re in focus. Videomaker.com has useful tips on “staying focused.”
- Try not to shake it up too much. Bigger camcorders keep from creating a shaky picture, but they’re not easy to hold. If you’re filming with a smaller camera, use a tripod or a level surface.
- Finally, color your creation with a great idea. Make your video shout — not literally. But get people to notice your uniqueness. Express yourself through an art medium. Take advantage of your talent — the more eccentric, the better. Make a silent film. Interview your pet. There are no limitations or boundaries to this project — use that to your advantage!
Maybe you won’t receive accolades from the film credits, but using these helpful hints can bring you one frame closer to proving that you deserve a scholarship. Find out how to brainstorm for great video ideas and promote your video.
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