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    StudentCam Scholarship

    Offered by Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN)

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Sep 6, 2023
    150 awards worth

    $250 - $5,000

    Grade level

    High School Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    January 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you an aspiring filmmaker? If so, consider applying for the StudentCam scholarship! The StudentCam Scholarship is open to students in grades 6-12 who create a short 5-6 minute video documentary on a topic that relates to the year’s competition theme. The scholarship is offered by Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN), a non-profit organization that televises many proceedings of the United States federal government, as well as other public affairs programming all without editing, commentary or analysis. Each year, the scholarship awards cash prizes totaling $100,000 to the top 150 student documentaries. If you’re a middle or high school student passionate about filmmaking who is looking for some help funding your education, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a middle or high school student who creates a 5-6 minute documentary addressing the year's given theme. Applicants can compete either individually or in groups of two or three, and must meet the below eligibility requirements.

    Grade Level

    High School Students


    U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other

    Academic Interest

    Social Science, Political Science, Film/Video Production, History

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit a short video or a documentary that includes clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN videos that relate to the chosen topic. Each entry must also include end credits or a works cited list.

    6-minute documentary

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    Yes, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA students and international students.

    When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

    The StudentCam Scholarship winner will be announced: March 13, 2024.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the StudentCam Scholarship is not renewable.

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