Whether students want to paint their way to scholarship funds or create a public service announcement, there are avenues for them to win funding for their education. Continue reading to find scholarship sources that ask students to make their statements using video and multimedia.
$1,000 Sponsoring Organization: Center for Effective Government Application Deadline: Mid- March
Students who want to do something to help the environment can use their ideas to win a scholarship through this contest. Applicants should create a one minute public service announcement, as well as a five- to seven-minute documentary, discussing the risks people face when living near chemical facilities and what solutions they would enact to rectify this issue.
$500 Sponsoring Organization: Andrew Flusche, Attorney at Law Application Deadline: Late November
From smoking to unsafe sex, we’ve all seen public service announcements warning us about the different dangers out there. With this scholarship, students get to use their own vision to make a PSA warning their peers about the perils of distracted driving. To enter, students should create a video no longer than three minutes and upload it to YouTube.
Sponsoring Organization: Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Application Deadline: Late April
African-American students majoring in visual arts disciplines—such as graphic design, painting, drawing, or photography—can show off their skills and artistic abilities with this competition. In order to be considered, they should submit five original pieces of art related to the genre they are studying, as well as a resume, academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
Up to $2,000 Sponsoring Organization: Detroit Auto Dealers Association Education Foundation Application Deadline: Early February
Michigan students can warn their peers about the dangers of drunk driving in this video contest. In a 30-second commercial, students should use their creativity and persuasion skills to educate and entertain viewers.
Up to $5,000 Sponsoring Organization: C-SPAN Application Deadline: Late January
The American experience is very personal for each individual, so in this scholarship competition, students are asked the question “What does it mean to be American?”. To enter, they should make a five- to six-minute video talking about a historical event, constitutional right, or national characteristic that they believe sums of the spirit of America.
$10,000 Sponsoring Organization: The Gallery Collection Application Deadline: Early March
High school and college students can enter this contest by creating an original birthday, holiday, or get well greeting card. To be considered, people should submit art, photos, or graphics of their card design.
$1,500 Sponsoring Organization: Impact Teen Drivers Application Deadline: Early October
Since reckless and distracted driving take the lives of so many teens, this contest asks high school students to help find a solution to this problem as they express themselves artistically. Applicants should submit a piece of art, music, or video describing strategies to end the epidemic of distracted and reckless driving. Although multimedia entries are accepted, those who have a way with words can also submit a written entry for consideration.
Up to $6,000 Sponsoring Organization: Texas Department of Transportation Application Deadline: Late March
Anyone considering leaving litter on the road in Texas should think again: The Texas Department of Transportation is on the case and deputizing students to help combat littering around the state with this contest. To enter, students should submit an essay with photographic support of what they would do to help prevent people from messing with the environment in Texas.
Up to $100,000 Sponsoring Organization: Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Application Deadline: Mid-October
How will you use your education to change the world? This is the one question students need to answer to win a full tuition scholarship through this video contest. But even though students are expected to be creative and think big, their actual videos must be brief, as submissions should be no more than one minute long.
Up to $20,000 Sponsoring Organization: Life Happens Application Deadline: Early March
The death of a parent can be devastating emotionally and financially, and students who have lost a parent may struggle with paying for college. This scholarship provides funds for those who have lost a parent and gives students the opportunity to share their stories with others who have been through the same experience. Applicants should submit a video or essay describing how the death of their parent has impacted their lives on a financial and emotional level.
Varies Sponsoring Organization: National Press Photographers Foundation Application Deadline: Varies
Students who are studying photojournalism can apply for scholarships from the National Press Photographers Foundation. Applicants may be required to submit photographs or video, depending on the specific scholarship they’re interested in.
Up to $100,000 Sponsoring Organization: Project Paradigm Application Deadline: Early May
Students can combine their creativity with their desire for kindness by submitting an individual or group project expressing how to solve problems on a school, community, or worldwide level. Entrants can submit a video, app, poster, website, or message that is 140 characters or less.
$250 Sponsoring Organization: Savvi Formalwear, L.L.C. Application Deadline: Varies
For high school seniors, the prom is one of the most photographed events of the year. With this scholarship, students can take advantage of this—and show off their fashion sense—by submitting the best photos they take before, during, and after the event.
Up to $300 Sponsoring Organization: Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley Application Deadline: Late February
How can young people stay safe in the workplace? This contest allows California high school students to express their ideas in an artistic way by submitting a 20 x 15 inch poster that addresses the theme of "Safe Jobs for Youth."
$10,000 Sponsoring Organization: Students Serving Washington Awards Application Deadline: Early March
Those who want to use their entrepreneurial spirit to address problems in the community can submit six photographs and a six-minute video describing a service project they would create. Students enrolled in a Washington Campus Compact member institution are eligible to apply for this award. Applicants must have one college sponsor and one private community sponsor submit letters of recommendation on their behalf.
$1,500 Sponsoring Organization: Tenfold Initiative Application Deadline: Mid- May
Budding artists can apply for this scholarship to help pay for a visual arts degree program by submitting four samples of their artwork. To qualify, students must be enrolled in a high school in the Central Ohio region.
Up to $5,000 Sponsoring Organization: Tupelo Elvis Fan Club Application Deadline: Mid-February
Mississippi students don’t need to have a good luck charm or blue suede shoes to channel their inner Elvis for this scholarship. All they need to do is submit an MP4 video of them singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument while displaying their burning love for their performance. If they impress the committee, students will get a big hunk o’love by being invited to perform in the live finals.
$2,000 Sponsoring Organization: Walgreens Application Deadline: Late November
Navigating the world can be difficult for a teen, and there are several issues that teens face, from bullying to pregnancy prevention to self-esteem. In this scholarship contest, students can express their feelings about the problems teens face by submitting a photograph, animation, short film, sculpture, or drawing.
$2,000 Sponsoring Organization: Zinggia Application Deadline: Early March
Whether students are interested in studying photography, sculpture, design, painting, or illustration, they can win a scholarship by putting their creativity and vision on display. Open to Ohio students, this award requires that applicants submit five original works of art to be considered.