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Students: Create a video for a chance to win one of three scholarships, including a $5,000 first place award!

Prizes
$5,000 Scholarship Award

$5,000 Scholarship Award

+ 2 other prizes

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The Joe Foss Institute is pleased to announce a $5,000 video scholarship contest, with $2,500 and $1,000 awards for the runners up. If you are here to enter the contest, read on. If you are here to vote, you may do so only one time per day.

Your Assignment
Using the theme- Keepers of the Constitution: Service and Freedom. Your entry should create a video, no more than three minutes in length, that inspires viewers and remind them why our freedoms, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights are worth defending; the price for protecting our freedoms; and our responsibilities as engaged citizens. Create a story. Interview a hero. Share how you, or someone you know, have been motivated to make a difference and serve your community. Help others learn why our Founding Documents matter to all Americans and to you personally. As George Washington has stated - "The Constitution... its only keepers, the people."

Be creative! We want to be inspired, and we want your video to inspire others.

Want to Learn More?
Click on the Contest Requirements page, above. To learn more about the Joe Foss Institute, please visit http://www.joefossinstitute.org

Contest Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: All students under the age of 18 *MUST* submit a signed Parental Release Form by: (1) Downloading the form here; (2) Having a parent or legal guardian sign the form to grant permission for you to enter the contest; and (3) Emailing the form back to info@joefossinstitute.org. IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE THIS FORM, WE WILL NOT PUBLISH YOUR VIDEO.

Be sure to read all contest rules to avoid including content in your video that would cause it to be disqualified.

Video Submission Requirements
(1.) Your video should be no longer than 3 minutes in length
(2.) Your video must fully comply with the Contest Rules (careful here: no visible logos, copyrighted music, inappropriate content, or people who haven't given you permission should appear in your video... The rules explain this more fully, and if you don't pay attention to the Rules, your potentially world-class video risks being disqualified.);
(3.) Submit the video on this site;
(4.) Email your Parental Release Form (available here) to info@joefossinstitute.org; and then
(5.)Tell your friends to vote for it.

It's that easy!

How the Contest Works
The top 12 Finalists will be selected via public voting. Another 3 Finalists will be selected internally by the Institute, for a total of 15 Overall Finalists. Those selected as overall finalists will be judged based on the following four criteria:

(1) Creativity and Originality
(2) Theme development
(3) The quality of your video
(4) Compliance with the Contest Rules

Your Assignment
Create a video, no more than three minutes in length, that inspires and viewers and remind them why our freedoms, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights are worth defending; the price for protecting our freedoms; and our responsibilities as engaged citizens. Create a story. Interview a hero. Share how you, or someone you know, have been motivated to make a difference and serve your community. Help others learn why our Founding Documents matter to all Americans and to you personally. As George Washington has stated - "The Constitution... its only keepers, the people."

Be creative: we want to be inspired, and we want your video to inspire others.

Contest Timeline

Round nameStarts onEnds on
Submission roundJune 4, 2014 @ 12:01 PM (MST)October 19, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (MST)
Voting roundOctober 22, 2014 @ 12:01 PM (MST)November 2, 2014 @ 11:59 PM (MST)
Judging roundNovember 3, 2014 @ 12:01 PM (MST)November 10, 2014 @ 5:00 PM (MST)

To the extent that any entry contains copyrighted material, the purpose and character of the use, is for nonprofit educational purposes and is not commercial in nature. The use of such material is protected by the Fair Use Doctrine and neither the Joe Foss Institute, nor the scholarship applicants have made any profits from the use of such works. By entering a submission to the contest, the entrant agrees to this statement in its completeness.