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.

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

High School Students:  Is there someone in your community who is fighting injustice, organizing action, fostering dialogue, encouraging civic participation or educating about important issues? Create a two-minute video showing us how someone is Making Democracy Work where you live!  We want to see how people in your city or town are taking action, using their voices, and actively participating in the democratic process!

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 throughout the state.

  • 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 is “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.

The first-place award is $1,000; second-place, $500; and third-place, $250.  All winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, and winning videos will be publicized throughout the state.

  • 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: