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Avon Scholarship Essay Contest

$8,000 in College Scholarship Prizes

$2,000 First Place · $1,500 Second Place · $1,000 Third Place · $500 Honorable Mention (7 awards)

Why Film Matters to You

ELIGIBILITY   Granted to¬†High School Seniors¬†graduating in Spring 2018 from a
public or private school in Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY. You do not need to be a film studies major to enter the contest. The Avon Scholarship Award check will be made out to the college or university you will be attending in Fall 2018.

ESSAY APPLICATION   Click here to download

DEADLINE   Tuesday, May 29, 2018

ESSAY DETAILS   In 500 - 750 words, please discuss a film released in 2016 or 2017 that you believe has relevance. It may be a feature film or documentary, American or foreign. Please do not re-tell the story. The content of your response is more important than the length. Please include:
1) Why you think this particular film matters?
2) How film has impacted your life?

JUDGING   The essays will each be read by at least two judges from a panel of professional journalists and published authors. The top finalists will be read by an additional pair of judges who will select the winners.

SPONSOR   The Avon Scholarship Essay Contest is sponsored by the Avon Film Education Initiative, which promotes film literacy by supporting teacher and student attendance at the Avon and by granting scholarships to high school seniors. Through its diverse offerings of independent, foreign, documentary and historical films, the Avon is committed to instilling a life-long appreciation of the art and significance of film.

QUESTIONS?   Contact Louisa Greene, Avon Director of Development & Marketing
203-661-0321 or

Awards Ceremony · Monday, June 11, 2018 at the Avon Theatre
6:30PM Reception | 7:20PM Scholarship Awards Ceremony | 7:30PM Screening


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