National Parks Reservations
$1,500 Scholarship

Deadline May 31st, 2015 at 11:59pm

Our winner has been chosen: Congratulations Fredrick Shelton

see winning video & top contenders


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to high school seniors, enrolling college and currently enrolled students who are legal residents of the United States
  • Scholarship payable to the winner who should be living in the United States
  • Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than Fall 2015
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited associates, bachelors, masters or PhD program
  • Award not based on financial need
  • Relatives of National Park Reservations staff may not enter
  • Home-schooled students may apply so long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a high school senior
  • Required to make and submit video on Youtube including "National Park Reservations Scholarship" in the title
  • In addition to creating and posting your video you must also share the video on Twitter with @usnationalpark

See complete contest information before applying. Please read all requirements carefully.

Entries that do not meet ALL requirements will be automatically disqualified from the contest without notification to the student.

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NPR Scholarship Winner!

Top Contenders

Create a Video

Create a short video responding to the prompt. (Your video may be filmed on a smart phone, digital camera/camcorder or webcam and submitted here.)

America’s National Parks include some of the most incredibly beautiful landscapes on earth. With Americans more disconnected from nature than ever before, the National Parks have never been more important. The only way for us to truly protect these amazing places is to ask ourselves what makes them important to us. Why are the National Parks important to you? What is your favorite National Park and why? These are the questions that we want you to answer. Below is a list of video requirements to help you create a great scholarship entry video.

  1. Please begin your video by stating your name then address the following prompt:
    Why are the National Parks important to you?
    What is your favorite National Park and why?
  2. Your video should be between 30 and 60 seconds long.
  3. Your video should be taken in "landscape" (long) formatting, not Portrait (tall).
  4. Share your video on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and include a link back to the National Park Reservations Scholarship page (this is where we need to include the link). Make sure to use the hashtags #NatParkGives and #NationalParks to have your video considered for the scholarship.

Example Video Responses

Yosemite National Park has always been important to me. Growing up near San Francisco, Yosemite was my family's place of refuge from the city. There are few places left on this planet where we can escape back into nature and reconnect with the world around us.”

“Growing up in Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park has always played a large impact on my life. Jackson depends heavily on tourism dollars that come in from park visitors each year. Grand Teton National Park is one of the most inspiring place on earth and needs to be protected for generations to come.”

Feel free to use YouTube to create and edit your video. After creating your video, make sure to include “National Park Reservations Scholarship” in the title. After this is completed, submit the URL by clicking “Submit Your Video."


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