Cable Commission Scholarship

Application

Download the application using the link below.

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW (NOW CLOSED)

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship for Film and Video! Please, read this overview thoroughly and good luck. 

NOTE: The Waterford Cable Commission is no longer accepting scholarship applications for 2016. The 2017 scholarship program will open in February 2017. Check back here for updates.
 
The 2016 Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship consist of $1,000 awards for four (4) residents of Waterford Township, graduating high school seniors that will attend college or a technical/vocational school, focusing on film and video arts. Scholarships are paid to the student’s school of choice and can be used either for tuition assistance, books, supplies, housing and/or meal plans.

Scholarships are given to students whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work and studies. The Cable Commission recognizes creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including students who have been academically trained and self-taught artists.

DEADLINE

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Monday, May 9th, 2016, 11:59 p.m.
There are no exceptions to the deadline. We strongly recommend completing your application well in advance to avoid missing the deadline due to unexpected problems.

APPLICATION OPENS
Monday, February 15th, 2016
Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship applications are only available and accepted online.

FILM and VIDEO

This category focuses on FILM/VIDEO DIRECTING, SCREENWRITING, ANIMATION, EDITING, SOUND ART and/or INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK.

WHO MAY APPLY?

• Any Waterford resident that is a current senior graduating in 2016 from an accredited high school.
• Applicants must intend to enroll in a university, community college, vocational, and/or technical school with a focus on media studies.

WHO MAY NOT APPLY?

• Non-residents of Waterford.
• Students already attending college or vocational/technical schools.
• Non-graduating seniors or underclassman.
• Immediate family members of the Waterford Cable Commission and Media Network of Waterford employees.

SELECTION PROCESS

Waterford Cable Commission Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee made up of three media professionals then the Waterford Cable Commission.

STUDENTS ARE SELECTED FOR SCHOLARSHIPS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: 

A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work. This is the main determinant in the selection of a scholarship recipient.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

STUDENT PROFILE  
Basic information such as your name and address.

RESUME

Include relevant educational background and a list of achievements that reflect your artistic and academic accomplishments, such as performances, screenings, awards, commissions, and publications. Only include details that relate to your creative practice. Format as a list in reverse chronological order.
LIMIT: 7,500 characters; approx. 1,250 words

DISCIPLINE SELECTION: State the discipline that best describes the work in your application: (i.e. film/video directing, screenwriting, animation, editing, sound design or interdisciplinary work).

DISCIPLINE STATEMENT: A few words providing additional context for your discipline selection (i.e. “I am a film director making feature-length documentaries” or “I am a writer working on screenwriting.”) LIMIT: 150 characters; approximately 25 words

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: A concise snapshot of your creative practice and artistic career to date written in the third person. This serves as a brief, narrative summary of your resume. LIMIT: 600 characters max, approximately 100 words

ARTIST STATEMENT: Share your artistic passion, inspiration and vision. What motivates you to create? What are you trying to communicate? What techniques do you use? What artists or life experiences have influenced your work? Write in the first person, present tense.  LIMIT: 2,500 characters max; approximately 415 words

COMMUNITY IMPACT:  How does your work impact or inspire individuals and groups around you? Does your work reflect or enhance communities (i.e. artistic communities, educational communities, neighborhoods, etc.)? You may speak to the communities you impact currently or those you hope to impact in the future. LIMIT: 2,500 characters max; approximately 415 words

NOTES:

  1. Statements may be short. A longer statement is not necessarily a better statement. Be concise.
  2. Present your ideas in an easily readable form. Use short paragraphs, spaces between paragraphs and, where possible, lists.
  3. Your statements should be easy to understand, even to someone outside of your creative discipline.
  4. Successful statements provide insights into the work samples included in the application.

WORK SAMPLES

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE TWO TO SIX (2- 6) WORK SAMPLES
Work samples are the most important part of your application. Submit the highest-quality documentation possible.

Formats Allowed
Any combination of AUDIO, MANUSCRIPTS or VIDEO

AUDIO: mp3 files only
• 30MB per work sample. Can be linked or attached to application.

MANUSCRIPTS: pdf files only as an attachment to application.
• Max Pages: 20 pages per application total. The number of pages in each individual work sample may vary, but when all work sample pages are added together, the total may not exceed 20 pages.
• Max File Size: 10MB per work sample.
• Formatting: Submit written work samples on standard, 8.5” x 11” pages, in industry-standard format unless an alternate format is essential to understanding the work sample. Please include page numbers.

VIDEO: Link to YouTube, Vimeo, and/or direct link on private website only.
• Videos shall be approximately 2 ½ minutes to 5 minutes in length.

NOTES:

  1. Submit work samples in the most clear and compelling format possible for your discipline.
  2. Only one work may be represented in a single work sample..
  3. You may include different sections of the same work in one work sample.
  4. The Cable Commission may choose to only view the first minute of each work sample. The strongest work samples begin at an engaging point in the work in order to quickly capture the commission’s attention.
  5. Work samples should represent your recent creative work (i.e. the past 2 years).
  6. Do not include promotional materials (i.e. flyers, press clippings, promotional reels) in your work samples.

Applications are accepted via email only. Submit your applications to gallison@waterfordmi.gov