2019 Youtube Scholarship

Vlog SEMO and you could win $3,000 to use in 2020! Create and upload an original YouTube video highlighting Southeast Missouri State University, and you could be entered to win a $3,000 scholarship!

How to Enter

  1. Create an original video focused on one or more of the following categories:
    1. Campus Tour from a Student’s Perspective
    2. A Day in the Life of a Redhawk
    3. Why I Chose Southeast
  2. Upload the video as a public post on YouTube by 11:59 p.m. on November 3, 2019
  3. Submit the entry form by 11:59 p.m. on November 3, 2019

Entry Form


  1. Eligible students include current undergraduate or graduate students.  Entrant must be enrolled full-time for the spring 2020 semester.
  2. Submissions must abide by the “Submission Guidelines” outlined in this document and YouTube’s “Community Guidelines”

Submission Guidelines

  1. Your video submission should be between 1 and 10 minutes in length
  2. Your video must generate a minimum of 1,000 views on YouTube by December 1, 2019 to be eligible to win
  3. Subtitles and closed captions must be added where eligible
  4. Submissions must comply with, and entrants are subject to judicial sanctions outlined in, the Southeast Missouri State University Student Code of Conduct.

By Entering You

  1. Give Southeast Missouri State University the right to use your submission for future promotions
  2. Verify that all content used, including imagery and music, are owned/created by you or that you have express written permission for its use
  3. Acknowledge that YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest
  4. Agree to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest
  5. Understand that violation of YouTube’s Community Standards, including failure to respect copyrights of music or video clips you do not own and do not have express permission to use, will result in disqualification

The Prize

  1. The prize is a $3,000 scholarship which can be applied to Southeast Missouri State University tuition, general fees, textbook rental, residence hall fees, or any combination of these for the spring 2020 semester. The award is non-renewable and has no cash value. This scholarship will be credited to the Spring 2020 financial aid package and regulatory adjustments may be made to other awards, if necessary.
  2. The winning submission will be chosen based on the following criteria:
    1. Overall representation of Southeast Missouri State University (45%)
    2. Uniqueness and Creativity (30%)
    3. Number of Views (15%)
    4. Audience Vote (10%)
  3. One (1) winner will be selected by December 15 , 2019.

FAQs/Getting More Views

What kind of stuff should be in my video?
Ultimately, what you put in your video is up to you. Think about the kind of content you would’ve liked to have as a high school junior or senior choosing a college. Your video will serve as an “inside look” for students considering SEMO. Remember, there are plenty of exciting events and activities taking place during the first eight weeks of classes that make for engaging content!

Can I just use my phone to make my video?
Yes! No fancy equipment needed. Using free and/or inexpensive video, recording, and editing equipment is totally acceptable.

How do I get more people to watch my video?
In order to be eligible to win, your video must generate a minimum of 1,000 views by December 1, 2019. A higher number of views will also increase your chance of winning.
Here are some of our tips for increasing your viewcount:

  • Use a search-friendly title and description
  • Create an interesting thumbnail image
  • Ask your network to watch, engage with, and share your video. Remember, only views collected on YouTube count toward your total score.
  • Make your content as creative and engaging as possible. The more interesting your video is, the more people will watch.

How many times can I enter?
You can enter up to ten videos. A new entry form must be submitted for each entry.

Does my submission have to be posted on YouTube?
Yes, the submission must be posted on YouTube and meet the minimum view requirement to be eligible to win.

I'm not currently a student, but I'm starting classes in the spring. Can I participate?
No, this contest is only open to current students.

I'm currently an undergraduate student, but I graduate in December and begin a graduate program at Southeast in the spring. Can I participate?
Yes! The prize can be applied toward undergraduate and graduate tuition and fees.