The Eric Knellinger Presidential Scholarship Video Opportunity

Oct 30, 2018 12:15:36 PM / by Hayden Johnson

Scholarships can be a lifesaver. From boarding to books and just plain tuition, pursuing a higher education can burn a hole in your wallet. That's why USFCR has been awarding the Eric Knellinger Presidential Scholarship for $1,000 every year. We don't just want to help lift a burden from today's youth, but to also open the door to the numerous opportunities available with Uncle Sam.

Normally, like most other scholarships, we would require an essay question...

...but this time around, we want open up the doors to a bit of creativity.

Lights. Camera. Action. 

That's right. We know that you've already got plenty of papers you need to write. Whether you're finishing up in high school or still in college, another essay is probably the last thing we want you to do. We get that. So instead, we want you to pull out your phone or camera, and film yourself answering the following question:

What are the benefits of working with the U.S. government?

Now you're going to want to look into the question a bit carefully. We're not asking about the benefits of working for the U.S. government. It's a question about the private sector and public sector coming together to make things happen. Think about highways, grants, certain nonprofits, or even about civilian space exploration!

There's a lot of ground to cover, but narrow your focus, and explain how working with the U.S. government brings on an added benefit.

Here are a few search terms for Google to help you generate ideas:

  • FedBizOpps
  • Government Procurement
  • SBA

What to film?

So you've been given the task of answering a question in video format. The next thing you're probably asking is what exactly do you put on screen. Well, your only job is to get your point across. That's it. How you use the audiovisual medium is up to you.

It can be as simple filming yourself on your phone (horizontally)...

or making a mini-documentary (calling all iMovie experts)...

or making a vlog...

or just whatever creative way you come up with!

Between the points at which your video begins and ends, you must answer the core question.

The Requirements?

Although there is a lot of creative freedom with this project, there are some bottom lines that you have to meet. So to be eligible to receive $1,000 toward any cost that pertains to your college education, here are the requirements.

You're either a...

  • High school senior who has been accepted into a college/university.
  • Current college student in their first or second year pursuing any major.

Your video needs to...

  • Contain your name, major/intended major, school, city, state (either in the credits or just say it on camera).
  • Between 2 to 5 minutes long.
  • Be filmed horizontally if you're using a smartphone camera.
  • Answer the question, "What are the benefits of working with the U.S. government?"
  • Be published privately on YouTube and with a link submitted through the form at the bottom of this page.

That's all that lies between you and the scholarship. Also, only the top 6 submissions will get awarded. Again, it's not as intensive as an essay, but put some good effort into it.

If you're not a member of your school's A/V club, then here are some tips for filming:

  • Film in a quiet location and try to use an external microphone (earbuds with microphones work well too).
  • Shoot your video away from windows and bright lights to avoid becoming a silhouette.
  • If you are shooting a video selfie, make sure your entire head is in the frame.

Why Should You Care? 

No matter what field you study, there are some serious opportunities to get help from the U.S. federal government. Pursuing business? There are a lot of ways the government can help you build revenue. Studying the STEM fields? The U.S. government has historically needed your expertise. Even for those pursuing the arts and humanities, there are ways that Uncle Sam can help supplement your career. This isn't just a scholarship, but a way for you as the student to know that no matter what you're studying, the U.S. government is a powerful resource to tap into.

We Look Forward to Your Submission!

Now you have the question you need to answer and your requirements for that answer. Submissions are being accepted until March 31, 2019. We hope that you think about this project for a bit of guidance after you graduate. The opportunities are out there. It's just a matter of knowing where to look!

View the Submission Details


"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

-Benjamin Franklin


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Hayden Johnson

Written by Hayden Johnson

Hayden is USFCR's Creative Copywriter. His goal is to help businesses navigate the federal marketplace with quick and simple guides.

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