College Students: Nikon Wants to Pay You $10,000

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The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship is looking for 10 undergraduate or graduate students. Talents will receive $10,000 from Nikon to develop their skills.

Last year, Nikon first launched the Storytelling Scholarship, where Nikon offered up money for students to build their visual art skills. Based on the success of the first campaign, the Nikon is looking to help additional aspiring filmmakers.

The contest is open only to  “undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada pursuing degrees in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography and multimedia/content creation who will have completed their freshman year of college.” If you fit the description, you should definitely apply for this scholarship.

“In launching this program for a second year, Nikon is reaffirming its dedication to supporting and encouraging the next generation of creators in their pursuits to become the confident, fearless voices of tomorrow.” 


You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to receive The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship:

  • You must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada.
  • You must complete your freshman year of college or academic equivalent prior to commencement of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • You must be majoring in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography, or multimedia/content creation.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average at time of application.
  • You will need to provide a recommendation from a professor, teacher or academic advisor.
  • If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to provide a photo portfolio or video submission, description of photo/video submission and copy of academic transcript.

Apply Here.

The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Key Dates (2019-2020)

  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Open: March 18, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Notification of Selection Results: June 2019
  • Funds Disbursed: August 2019

There’s still time to apply! For more information visit the Nikon Storytelling Scholarship website, or check out its FAQ here.

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