FAQ

Are there two separate scholarships?

Yes, there's one contest at the high school level and one at the college level. Be sure that you apply at the appropriate place on the landing page and step 3 on Apply for your category!

Who should apply?

High school juniors and seniors who will complete graduation requirements by or before July 31, 2015; and college students who will still be attending school thru July 2015. The winning applicants will receive a scholarship toward the school of their choice (college, university, junior college or technical school).

How much is the scholarship?

The first place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Mazda.

Can we apply in teams?

Yes, you can apply in teams (but no more than 4 per team). If your team wins, the prize will be evenly distributed among the members.

Why no footage accepted of texting while driving?

We hope it's obvious to you - this whole campaign is about anti-texting, anti-distractions and the last thing we want is for you or someone in your film to be texting while driving a car. However, there are ways to get around it. One example, you could pan down to someone in the driver's seat texting (though they're not actually driving a car at the time. The car could be parked; just don't show outside the window.) Use your imagination. A long those same lines, all passengers must wear seat belts. The main point is that we want you to be safe!

How long should the video be?

Videos should be either exactly 25 seconds or 55 seconds in length. If your video is selected as a top winner, it will be turned into a PSA by the Ad Council and we will add a five second end frame to round it out to 30 or 60 seconds.

Please keep all your unused video footage taken during the making of your file. We may need it if you're selected as a winner.

What about music?

If you're using music in your video, please be SURE to use only original music that you have permission to use; or music that is provided on the site (under the Resources tab). Of course, you don't have to use music at all, should you choose.

Be careful of having brand names in your videos. Why?

Be careful to avoid filming brand names in your video. For instance, don't shoot your film with a Starbucks or Target in the background and their sign/logo emblazoned all over your footage. Reason being, if your video is selected as the top winner, it will be turned into a PSA by the Ad Council and shared with 1,600 TV stations across the country. We'd have to block out the brand names on something aired publically (because TV stations run these spots as a donation to the Ad Council and PYL, and there's a general rule that an ad can't run in donated media if it has a logo in it). Don’t be too worried about cell phones, cars, and things like that – as long as the logo isn’t blatantly in your face. Make sense?

Is there anything else?

You bet! The Ad Council will edit the winning 1st place videos into a PSA and will distribute to 1,600 TV stations nationwide during a full year-cycle.

 
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Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Scholarship is in partnership with the Ad Council, Mazda, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and National Organizations for Youth Safety.