Recently, scholarship committees have branched out and started accepting media and art submissions in lieu of essays. This is an excellent move that is being made to help push scholarships into the current age. Let\’s face it- not everyone is a writer. Having the ability to select which form of submission best fits your skills is a huge improvement, and a way to create more inclusivity and increase diversity in the industry.
With that said, if you are applying for a scholarship that allows you to choose, then choose the form of submission that will best showcase your talents.
When inputting a media submission, as always, be sure to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.
- Not knowing your audience.
- Poor video or audio quality.
- Improper video format.
- Not answering the required questions.
- Boring content.
- Sloppy editing.
Solutions (some of this will look familiar):
- During your search for scholarships, be sure to do your research! Know about the organization, individual, or company that is offering the scholarship. Read the “About” section on the website, and familiarize yourself with their backstory, values, and goals. Use this information to strengthen your scholarship submission.
- When filming, make sure to use good lighting and a media stand. With today’s technology, a lot of people use their cell phones. This is fine. When doing so, film horizontally for a smoother and better viewing experience.
- Pay attention to details and follow directions! If the scholarship requests a certain format, follow that format. If it specifies a certain length, adhere to that. Don’t submit videos that are too short or too long.
- If the scholarship requirements outline has questions that need to be answered in your application, make sure you address each question. Again, attention to detail and following directions is essential for success. Be yourself.
- Get creative. Be entertaining. Have fun. Let your personality shine! Use colors and other visually attractive material to draw your viewer in. Don’t be afraid to use humor or showcase your art, talents, hobbies, etc., as long as it aligns with the values of the organization and meets the scholarship requirements and theme.
- Make sure you edit your submission properly. Using fast forward or other tools is great! However, pay attention and make sure it doesn’t make the audio sound garbled. Also, if you are using music or anything in the video that isn’t original to you, ensure you have permission from the artist or properly cite a source.
Above you can hear tips from Abingdon Mullin of the Abingdon Co. and Abingdon Foundation. She discusses various scholarships and tips on how to win scholarships from the Abingdon Foundation, as well as other organizations.
Below are several videos of winning media and art submissions for scholarships!
Kateryna Sikulska “It’s About Time” Scholarship
The videos shown above are examples of video submissions that showcase art. They were provided by Kateryna Sikulska. She won the Abingdon Foundation “It’s About Time” Scholarship in 2021 by submitting a painting that she created “to empower and accelerate the female pursuit of STEAM fields.” Check out more about the Abingdon Foundation and available scholarships by clicking here.
Trey Cooper – Live Mas Scholarship 2020
Trey Cooper won the Live Mas Scholarship in 2020. His inspiring story and video submission are seen above. To learn more about the Live Mas Scholarship click here.
Shakar Soltani – Latinas in Aviation Scholarship
Shakar Soltani won the Latinas in Aviation Scholarship in 2020. She is a flight attendant and student pilot. Watch the video above to see her winning media submission and learn more about her story. For more information about the Latinas in Aviation Scholarship click here.