Hey, high school students! Your one-minute video could win a $2,000 college scholarship from the National Special Districts Coalition and a $1,500 college scholarship from the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association.

Update: The deadline to enter the national contest is March 31, and the deadline to enter the San Diego contest has been extended to April 30.

Both organizations want the same video – up to 60 seconds – highlighting the ways special districts “Make the Difference” in a community.

Special districts are local government organizations formed by communities to provide an essential service, like drinking water, parks and recreation or fire protection. Helix Water District is a special district and there are over 30,000 special districts across the U.S.

Helix Water District Board President Kathleen Coates Hedberg and the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association launched the original video contest here in San Diego. It grew into a statewide contest, and now the National Special Districts Coalition is rolling it out across the U.S.

Enter the National Contest

2022 Districts Make the Difference Video Contest

2022 Districts Make the Difference Video Contest Rules

Enter the Local Contest

2022 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Flyer_UPDATED_extension

2022 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Rules_UPDATED_extension

Ideas for Your Video

Videos are scored based on accuracy and effectiveness, creativity and originality, production quality and entertainment value. If you’re wondering what kind of video to make, watch the winning videos from past years and take a look at these webpages to explore what special districts do:

Winning Videos – National Contest
www.districtsmakethedifference.org/about

Winning Videos – Local Contest
https://sandiegocsda.specialdistrict.org/video-contest

California Special Districts Association
https://csda.net/home

Map showing special districts in San Diego County
https://mydashgis.com/CSDA/map

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