Creative Film Scholarships for High School Students: 2019 NSHSS Video Competition

Monday, November 12, 2018
Creative Film Scholarships

Have dreams of being a filmmaker some day? While many people consider becoming a director or actor, there are many facets of film like cinematography, sound design, and lighting. Whatever your passion is, a degree in film is a great way for anyone interested in filmmaking to get a taste of what will be the best focus for them. Like any other degree, though, a film degree is expensive, so it’s a good idea to start looking for film scholarships in high school.

NSHSS is proud to offer three film scholarships for high school students through the 2019 NSHSS video competition. We’re open to your submissions whether filmmaking is a hobby or a career pursuit. The first-place award for this scholarship is $1,000 followed by $500 for second place and $250 for third place. With this film scholarship, you’ll have the opportunity to express yourself through film with an artistic representation of yourself or your worldview. To be eligible, you must be a high school student and you can find the application requirements listed below.


How to Apply for This Scholarship

Application Requirements:

  • Title and description of your submission
  • Educator recommendation (submitted via online form; link provided in application)
  • Principal and Counselor’s name and email address
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting

Video prompt: Express yourself by providing an artistic representation of yourself or your worldview through film.

Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and submissions can be made in the following categories:

  • Scripted film narrative
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Music video/musical/dance performance

***Previously created music may be used if the song’s original artist and composer are credited.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Expression of a clear theme
  • Quality of the storyline and script (if applicable)
  • Creativity and/or content originality
  • Production quality
  • Editing

*To enter, upload your video to YouTube and provide the link in your application.

By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.

Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards.

Applicants must also provide a brief statement describing the work submitted – what inspired the work, how it was created, and the intent. Entries also require an educator recommendation. You may view the application before submitting your application, but once you submit your application, it is closed for editing.

Open Date: November 15, 2018

Close Date: May 30, 2019

Please note that U.S. recipients receiving a cash award must submit a W-9 to NSHSS in order to receive their scholarship funding. Recipients residing outside the United States who are not U.S. citizens may disregard this requirement. The W-9 form can be accessed by clicking here.

To view previous NSHSS Video Competition Winners, visit:

At NSHSS, we want all students to be able to pursue their passion whether that passion is in science or the arts which is why we offer a broad range of scholarships from video competitions like this one to STEM and robotics scholarships. To see our full list of scholarships, click here.