About the Contest




  • Are you an Oregon K-12 student, or a parent of a K-12 student?
  • Submit a short (up to two minute) video about how choosing your school has, or could, help you or your family. For example: Would you or your child like to attend a school other than your local public school? Explain why. Another example: If you or your child already attend a school other than your local public school, explain how you benefit from that choice
  • Twenty finalists will win $250 each. The Grand Prize Winner will receive up to $10,000 for qualified educational expenses.

We will keep your video private until the contest ends, or post it publicly on the contest YouTube group page. It’s your choice.


Twenty finalists will be chosen and notified (on or about March 31, 2009) based on the authenticity, sincerity, passion, and creativity of their videos and how persuasively they make the case for school choice. Again, production value, fancy graphics, etc., will not be the deciding factor in picking the finalists. Each finalist will win $250.

At the awards ceremony (on or about April 15, 2009) we will conduct a random drawing for the Grand Prize from among the finalists present at the event. The Grand prize winner will receive up to $10,000 for qualified educational expenses.

Who Can Enter the Contest

  • Students
  • Parents or Legal Guardians
  • Families
  • All Oregon Kindergarten through 12th grade students and their parents or legal guardians may enter.

Entrants must be legal residents of the state of Oregon, and students must be attending Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students may be in public, private, religious, online, charter or home school settings within Oregon.

How To Enter

Here's what you need to do to enter the contest:

  1. Click here to read the complete Contest Rules document (pdf). If you’re under 18 years of age, you need a parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to enter the contest. By entering, you agree to all the terms in the Contest Rules.
  2. Make your video! It must be no longer than two minutes in length. Each person may enter up to five (5) different videos. Make sure your video is in .wmv, .avi, .mov, or .mpg format.
  3. Create a YouTube account if you don't already have one. You can use a parent's account if you are under 18, or create your own account with your own email address. Again, if you’re under 18, be sure to get your parent's permission before setting up your account.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube.
  5. Be sure to save your video in the original digital file format after uploading it. If you are a finalist, at the Sponsor’s request you will need to provide the Sponsor with a digital file of your video in order to win your $250 finalist prize and be eligible for the $10,000 grand prize.
  6. Fill out the Contest Entry Form, including your full name, age (over or under 18), contact information, and the link to the video you put on YouTube. If you deliver your video to the sponsor by another means (as described on the FAQ page under Problems with uploading your video to YouTube) please note that on the Entry Form.
  7. We will watch your video, and, assuming it is appropriate and meets the contest conditions as set out in the Contest Rules, we will post it on the contest YouTube group page: Oregon School Choice Contest or keep it private until the contest ends. It’s your choice.
  8. That’s it: You’re entered into the contest and may win $250 as one of the 20 finalists. You then may become the one grand prize winner of $10,000 for qualified educational expenses.

Download a Contest PDF flyer here to send to friends and colleagues.

If you have any problems at any of these steps, please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for further guidance.

More About School Choice

School Choice is simply the ability to choose a school other than the local public school near where you live. It might be a religious school, a private school, a virtual (online) school, a charter school, or even another public school in the same or different district than the one you’re assigned to. It might also mean home schooling.

Most Oregon families send their children to the local public school, yet a recent poll found that only 13 percent would make that choice if they had other options.

The Oregon School Choice Video Contest lets Oregon students and families tell your stories, and possibly win $10,000 to help make your school choice dreams come true. We picked $10,000 for the top prize because Oregon’s public schools already spend more than that each year, on average, for each student. Yet, when asked in our recent poll, 92 percent of Oregon voters thought the public schools spent less than $10,000 per student.

So, now it’s your turn: Tell us your story in a short video. Entries will be judged on authenticity, sincerity, passion and creativity; not on the production value of your video. So don’t worry about making a professional-looking film. Just be yourself, tell us why you need school choice or what school choice has already meant to you if you or your family already have it. Be creative, be sincere, and use your video to make the case for school choice.

Sample Entries

  • See all public entries

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