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Create U Scholarship Contest

You see the world through a different lens. You spot moments that could be epic stories. You are the story teller, the designer or the one who can motivate a team to get things done.

You don't just live life, you create it.

Waldorf University Communications is looking for creative sparks to ignite the next generation of social media planners, film makers, journalists and graphic designers. We want to invest in the artistic rebels who not only can imagine new ideas, but bring them to life.

Show us your best work for a chance to earn a yearly $10,000 scholarship to Waldorf University to do what you do best: rock the world.

  • The Deets
    1. All entries must be received by contest committee no later than midnight on Friday, February 16, 2018. No entries will be accepted after the deadline, so just get your stuff in on time. Seriously.
    2. All submissions must be made through our website's submission section at the bottom. Submissions will not be accepted via email, link sharing, file transfer, Uber cab, message in a bottle, or other similar methods.
    3. Judges will determine first, second and third place entries. Judges' decisions are final and they are all going on vacation right after winners are announced.
    4. Notification of winning entries will be made by Friday, March 2, 2018. You got this.
    5. All contestants will be invited to the Create U Conference at Waldorf University on March 23 -24, 2018 to showcase their work and network with creative professionals. Put it in your calendar now - in ink (we like purple).
  • Categories – Bring It

    Film rules for submission

    • Group entries accepted.
    • Films can be from 30 seconds to feature length (2hr)
    • All film genres are accepted (experimental, narrative, animation, documentary, etc)
    • Foreign films must have subtitles available.
    • YouTube or Vimeo link may be used for submission. A password must be included for private videos.
    • Films must have been created between February 1, 2016 – February 1, 2018.

    Graphic Design rules for submission

    • Individual work only; no group entries will be accepted.
    • Entry may be produced in any digital medium (Photoshop, Illustrator, lnDesign, etc.)
    • Student must provide a brief description of the entry (300 words or less).
    • Designs must have been created between January 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018.


    • Illustration
    • Print (brochure, business collateral, cards/invitations, poster)
    • Logo Design
    • Packaging
    • Publications (book, calendar design, magazine, newsletter, newspaper, yearbook)
    • Other File


    • Digital submissions must be high resolutions (at least 250 ppi)
    • Accepted file formats: .PDF, J"IF, .JPG, .P NGor .EPS
    • CMYK color mode
    • File must be limited to 10MB

    News Writing rules for submission

    • Entries must have been published in the student's high school newspaper between January 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018.

    Photojournalism rules for submission

    • Photos must be in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dpi and 7 inches wide for horizontal photos or 7 inches wide for vertical photos.
    • Basic editing, including color enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of the photo is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photo.
    • Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements within the frame is prohibited.
    • A unique title & description for each image must be submitted.
    • Student must be the sole copyright owner of all images submitted.
    • Entries must have been created between January 1, 2017 – February 1, 2018.

    Public Relations/Event planning rules for submission

    • Group entries accepted.
    • Entries must provide a comprehensive portfolio of a public relations campaign and/or special event including Research, Objectives, Programming and Evaluation.
    • Objectives should clearly demonstrate how the research findings influenced programming and evaluation.
    • A timeline and budget should be included with programming.
    • Supporting documents such as news releases, posters, web sites, and other creative collateral material may be submitted with the portfolio.
    • All entries must have been created within the past two academic school years of February 1, 2018.
  • Rules, Shmools (but we gotta have a few.):
    1. Students at any public or private secondary school in the United States are eligible to enter. Tell your teachers they are way too old for this contest.
    2. Each student may submit up to three entries. Don't even try four.
    3. All submissions must be original work created within in the last year, so you won't have to dig through too many flash drives to find your good stuff.
    4. Entries must be submitted through our online submission form. The student must complete the online entry form so we know who the heck you are. Feel free to submit a copy of your autograph too, because when you get famous we want to say we knew you first.
    5. By submitting their design for consideration, students allow Waldorf University to reproduce their submissions for any and all promotional and marketing collateral with no financial compensation. Unless you count winning the scholarship. Which you will - right?
    6. Non-compliance with any of the listed rules and expectations may automatically disqualify any entries. Don't be that loser.

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