Student Video Contest

The Scharfman Fund’s annual student video contest is designed to foster civic awareness among young people and provide them with an opportunity to share their opinions and viewpoints on matters of public importance.

2019 Student Video Contest: “Climate Change Challenge”

LWVMA is pleased to announce its sixth annual Student Video Contest, sponsored by the LWVMA Citizen Education Fund.  The theme for this year’s contest is the Climate Change Challenge.

We invite Massachusetts high school students to create and submit 30-second public service announcements to raise public awareness about one aspect of climate change and suggest a course of action to save the planet.

Students can upload videos to the contest website between  January 25 and March 8, 2019.  The first-place award is $500; second-place, $250; and third-place, $100.  All winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and winning videos will be publicized. Click here to enter the contest website.   A pdf of the contest rules can be found here.  Click here for the Parent/Guardian Permission Form and the Actor Release.

2018 Student Video Contest: “Get in the Game–and Vote!”

WINNERS are announced!

2017 Student Video Contest: “Making Democracy Work in My Community”

For the 2017 contest, we asked students to create two-minute videos showing us how someone was Making Democracy Work where they live.  We wanted to see how people were taking action, using their voices, and actively participating in the democratic process!

  • Click here to see the 2017 winning videos.
  • Information about the contest is here.
  • Contest rules can be found here.
  • Contest flyer can be found here.
  • Permission forms can be found here and here.

2016 Student Video Contest: “YOUth Should Vote!”

The theme for the 2016 contest was “YOUth Should Vote!”

To mobilize the youth vote in Election 2016, we invited Massachusetts high school students to send us 30-second videos (public service announcements) that encourage young people to register to vote and turn out at the polls in November.

  • Click here to see a list of the 2016 winners and to see their videos.
  • Contest rules can be found here.
  • Contest flyer can be found here.

2015 Student Video Contest: “There Oughta Be a Law!”

For the 2015 “There Oughta Be a Law!” Student Video Contest, LWVMA invited Massachusetts high school students to create two-minute videos suggesting new laws to help keep Massachusetts great.  This contest was timed to correspond to the start of a new legislative session on Beacon Hill and provided students with the opportunity to help shape the legislative agenda.

  • Click here to read the press release announcing the 2015 winners and to see their videos.

2014 Student Video Contest: “Dear Future Governor”

For the 2014 “Dear Future Governor…” Student Video Contest, LWVMA invited Massachusetts high school students to submit two-minute videos illustrating a problem or issue in their communities that the next Governor should address.

  • Click here to read the press release announcing the 2014 winners and to see their videos.
  • Click here to read the article published by the State House News Service about the award ceremony.

View photos from the 2014 award ceremony here: