The NACAC Student Video Essay Contest recognizes outstanding students in the city that annually hosts the national conference. Students submit two-minute videos explaining how a college degree will help them make a difference in their families, communities, and beyond.
This year, NACAC awarded scholarships totaling $20,000 to 11 local students in Boston. The scholarship contest was sponsored by ZeeMee.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
Woburn Memorial High School
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bunker Hill Community College
University of Rhode Island
Boston College High School
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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