Video Contest

2023 Video Contest begins January 1

2023 Student Video Contest is now National!

We've taken our California student video contest and expanded it across the U.S. High school students are invited to create a fun and informative short video (60 seconds max) highlighting the ways special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in local communities across the US for a chance to win a scholarship. Additional prize money will be given to the teachers of the winning students to promote technology and support distance learning.

The video submission window will be open from January 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023. The top ten finalists will be chosen by Districts Make the Difference. Final winners will be selected during the public voting period May 10-17. 

The video entries will be scored on four criteria: accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality, and entertainment value.

At the end of May, Districts Make the Difference will award:

  • $2,000 for the First-place winner
  • $1,000 for the Second-place winner
  • $500 for the Third-place winner

Note: An additional $500 will be awarded to the student’s chosen teacher for each winning video! 

U.S. High school students grades 9-12 are strongly encouraged to participate in this contest for its educational engagement and scholarship opportunities. Enjoy creating a video and learning about special districts for a chance to win up to $2,000!

Download the logo for use in your video!





Steps to enter the contest:

  1. Review the contest rules.
  2. Create a 60-second video adhering to the contest rules


Submit Video Here

Need Inspiration? We've added some video submissions from prior years below. 


Video topics may include:

Tell us about a unique program a special district operates in your community.
  • Explain how a special district makes a difference in daily life.
  • Interview someone from a special district to find out more about their job and how it affects their community.
  • Describe what a special district is, how it is formed, and why they are necessary.


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Are you affiliated with a school? Want to help promote the scholarship contest?


There are a variety of resources available to help you promote the contest on your website, social media, or in your school. The student video contest is a unique way for students to express their creativity, learn about special districts, and possibly win a scholarship. Start spreading the word with these resources: