Video Essay Contest

Win a scholarship for college!

Are you a high school junior, senior, or a community college student from Utah? Then you’re eligible to participate in a video essay contest hosted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and its Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee. As an association of nearly 16,000 members dedicated to helping students consider all their options after high school, NACAC’s annual contest showcases the talents of students in our conference city and help ease students’ financial transition to higher education.

This year, $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded, with $5,000 for the first-place submission. The winners will be recognized at NACAC’s 74th National Conference, Sept.  27-29, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The deadline to submit your video has been extended to March 23!

You only need a camera phone (or camera) and your creativity to enter!

How to Enter

1.    Create a video in response to the following prompt: Why is continuing your education after high school important to you?

2.    Video entries must include the following at some point: "My name is ___________ and I'm ______________ (junior or senior) from _____________ (high school) in ___________ (town).”
"My name is ___________ and I'm a student at_____________ (community college) in ___________ (town).”

3.    Video entries should be no more than 2 minutes in length.

4.    Video entries must be created by an individual student. No joint entries (video created by two or more students) will be considered.

5.    Submissions are limited to one video per student.

6.    All videos must be uploaded to YouTube on or before March 23 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time.

Students from all backgrounds and academic preparation are encouraged to apply. Your submission should be well-thought out and prepared—similar to the preparation that would go into writing a school paper—with the freedom to showcase your voice and talents. Be yourself, show your creative side!

You must complete this form in order to be eligible for the contest.

Additional Tips

  • If you use your cell phone, be sure to film in landscape.

  • Speak slowly, clearly, and confidently. This is your time to shine. We need to understand your message. Engage us!

  • To avoid copyright infringement issues, if you plan to use music in your video feel free to utilize this website.

  • Have fun! Although this is a contest, it should be an enjoyable experience for you as well.

$20,000 in scholarships to be awarded, with $5,000 for the first-place submission.

Video Evaluation Criteria
Videos will be evaluated on the following criteria and given a mark on a scale of 0-5 (0 being absent and 5 being extraordinary).

Criteria (Total points possible = 25)

  1. Idea Development (5 points)
    Did you answer the question? Are your ideas well explained?

  2. Thoughtfulness (5 points)
    Do we get a sense of who you are, a window into your world? Do you demonstrate self-awareness and awareness of others?

  3. Clarity/Effectiveness (5 points)
    Can we see how your ideas are connected? Can we understand the thoughts you are trying to convey?

  4. Quality (5 points)
    Submission is well-thought out and prepared.

  5. Creativity (5 points)
    Are your ideas presented in an interesting, creative, or otherwise appropriate way?

For more information, email us.  

Who is the IAS Committee?

The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee’s mission is to advance the association’s commitment to inclusion for underserved students and the educational professionals who guide them.

Ways to Utilize the Scholarship

There is more than one way to utilize scholarship money, but we have included some suggestions to help get you started.

High School Juniors: 

  • College Application Fees 
  • Standardized Testing Fees
  • College Savings Account
  • Summer Enrichment Program  

High School Seniors: 

  • College Tuition
  • Books/Supplies
  • Residence Hall Necessities
  • Admission/Housing Deposit

Community College

  • Tuition
  • Books/Supplies
  • Transfer Application Fees
  • Transportation/Commuting Costs
  • Academic Enrichment Program

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