Districts Make the Difference Video Contest
California students, explain why special districts are beneficial.
$2,000 scholarship

Due September 30th, 2018 - Summer is the perfect time to combine creativity and education! Districts Make the Difference invites high school and college students to create a fun and informative video highlighting the ways special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in California.

Students can create videos featuring a local sewer and sanitation district, fire or public safety district, water district, or even a cemetery or park district. Some may zoom their cameras in on something as specific as a mosquito abatement, airport, or healthcare districts. Others may choose to explore a complement of special districts that work together and provide a network of essential, specialized services to their community.

Get started on your video today! The goal of each video is to increase public awareness and understanding of California’s special districts and the services they provide to residents.

Once all entries are received, the videos will be scored on four criteria: accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality, and entertainment value. The top five finalists will be selected and featured on the Districts Make the Difference website. In November, the public will vote for their favorite video and the top three vote-winners will receive scholarship prizes.

The 2018 Student Video Contest is part of the Districts Make the Difference public outreach campaign launched by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) to increase public awareness and understanding of special districts.

Some CSDA affiliated chapters are hosting local video contests in conjunction with the Districts Make the Difference statewide contest. Students will be automatically entered in the local contests if they are from the area of participating chapters. The participating chapters will inform students if their video was selected as a local contest winner.

Note: Local contests will be handled separately from the statewide vote-winners.

High school and college students are strongly encouraged to participate in this contest for its educational engagement and scholarship opportunities. Enjoy creating a video and learning about special districts for a chance to win!

Entries should be 60 seconds in length.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


1st Place:
$2,000 scholarship

2nd Place:
$1,000 scholarship

3rd Place:
$500 scholarship

Open to California residents attending or planning to attend high school or college at the time of entry. This includes public, private, and charter schools as well as homeschooling.

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