16 Creative Video Contest Scholarships

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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

Award: $500
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

Award: $5,000
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

Award: $2,500
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

Award: $1,000
Video Requirements: Submit a short video explaining what the American flag means to you.

11. IP Video Contest

Award: $5,000
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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Original Post Date: July 2nd, 2014

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Changing your Major is A+ Okay

Categories: College Life

So you graduated high school. Check. You are accepted into college. Check. For now, it’s summer, so you want to enjoy it. Check. At summer’s end you’ll either stay at home or move far away for college. Check. At this point it will be time to start school and pursue a major. And check, you think you’ve found the perfect major for you.

changing-college-majorChange, change, change. With all of these changes coming at you from every direction, it may seem overwhelming. The great thing about picking a major from the start is that you’ll quickly find out whether you love it or hate it. Now hate may seem like a strong word, but once you take a few courses, it’s likely you will know whether you like the major or not. If you love it, stick with it and enjoy every minute of it. If you’re unhappy with your coursework, whether it’s just boring, too hard, or just not for you, don’t stay in that major just because you think you have to or because you’re afraid of not finishing school in that magical number of four years. Changing your major is A+ okay. Many researchers agree that highly satisfied students are more likely to remain in and successfully graduate from college. It is the school’s job to create a good curriculum, but it’s your job to figure out which major you enjoy the most.

Remember, this major is preparing you for your career in that field. If you are unhappy studying it in college, you will likely be unhappy doing it as a job. The point is to make yourself happy and take pride in your schooling, work, and life. College is where you find yourself. You discover your talents and interests, and you hone your talents by utilizing those interests that you will rely on all of your life. At the end of the day, what is an extra semester of coursework compared to a lifetime of being an unhappy camper?

Speaking of camping, remember to have fun. Studies are important, but a social life is important too. You need people to share in your happiness and your pain. Your peers are there for support. Every other freshman on campus is likely going through exactly what you are. Every day their mind probably races back and forth with thoughts like, “Do I really enjoy this major?” “Will I get a good job with this major?” “Could I see myself working in this field of study after I graduate?” If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are completely normal, and it is likely that every other student, especially freshmen and sophomores, are thinking the same thing. So, make friends with them and rely on them to listen when you need to blow off steam. Plan weekend trips, go camping, go to a concert, or go to a sporting event. There has to be a balance between work and play to stay sane. Finally, on the work side, it will all be a little easier if you truly enjoy what you are studying.

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Original Post Date: June 26th, 2014

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Didn’t Get into Your Dream College? Why Community College May Be Your Best Plan B.

Categories: Admissions Advice

planB-500Whether you had your heart set on going to the same college as your best friends or you’ve been dreaming of having a specific alma mater for as long as you can remember, whatever the reason, it stings when your Plan A college choice falls through. As you consider your other options, I’d like to present one you may not have considered: community college.

While you may have heard about the community college option before, you might not know the full story. Most of what you hear about community college is that it is a cheaper alternative to a four-year institution. While the financial benefits are true (which I’ll get into later), they are only one of many benefits available to community college students. The other big community college opportunity that you may not have considered? Transfer.

Community College is the Path Back into Your Dream School

With the exception of a few schools (I’m looking at you, Princeton), community college students have the ability to transfer into any school in the country after just two years of course work. So if you had your heart set on an Ivy League school or your local state college, community college is your second chance for admission. In fact, you might even have a statistically higher chance of getting into a four-year school as a transfer student than you did as a high school senior. Last year, I compared the freshman acceptance rates to the transfer acceptance rates of 20 randomly selected schools from a Top 100 Universities list and found that, on average, students have a 30% greater likelihood of being accepted as a transfer student than as a freshman applicant.

Statistics aside, if you want to transfer from community college successfully, you are going to need the right strategy. The major component of a successful transfer strategy is course selection. The courses you take in community college and the grades you earn in those classes are the single most important aspect of your transfer application. You should have a 3.5 GPA or higher to be a competitive applicant at colleges with highly selective admissions, and above a 3.0 GPA for other institutions depending on their selectivity. When it comes to your courses, you should be taking courses that (A) fulfill your community college’s associate’s degree requirements, and (B) prepare you to start as a junior in your major after you transfer. You could use a tool like Transfer Bootcamp to automatically find the best courses for transfer or you could look up the courses that your transfer institution requires of its freshman and sophomore students and attempt to take similar classes at your community college. When all is said and done, if you perform well in the right classes, you can continue to earn your bachelor’s degree at the schools of your choice.

Choose Community College, Not Student Debt

Hindsight is 20/20, and the same rule applies to student loan debt. The situations that cause many students to take on unnecessary amounts of student debt may sound familiar: maybe you were accepted into your dream school, but received significantly less financial aid than expected, or perhaps you were rejected from your top choice and the back-up schools required you to take on student debt. This is one of those “what do I do now?” moments that occur all too frequently. The fact is, you don’t have to choose student debt, because community college is always an option. With an average full-year tuition cost of just $2,076, plus access to federal financial aid and scholarships, spending two years at a community college and then transferring could save you over $55,000 in tuition and fees alone compared to a private college.

Now, just because community college is cheaper than a four-year school doesn’t mean that you’re getting a lower caliber education. Community college professors hold master’s degrees and PhDs, and some of them even teach part-time at top-tier universities. What makes a community college education less expensive than a four-year college education is the lack of the bells and whistles of traditional colleges (sports stadiums, student housing, etc). With all that said, if you find yourself in a situation where your options are debt or community college, choose community college!

Combine transfer with the financial benefits of community college, and you’ve got a powerful education strategy that could open up a myriad of doors. All of this, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of opportunities for community college students (scholarships, internships, career pathways, etc). Hopefully, you’ll strongly consider the community college option and, who knows, you might just end up at your dream school after all.

Diane Melville is Founder & CEO at Transfer Bootcamp and the author of “The Community College Advantage: Your Guide to a Low-Cost, High-Reward Community College Experience.” Find her on Twitter @DianeMelville
 
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Original Post Date: June 18th, 2014

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