University Student's Have Until March 31st to Submit Videos for Scholarship

January 1, 2014

The SPI Student Video Scholarship Competition

Sponsored by:

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SPI thanks its Student Video Scholarship Competition sponsors.

Show how plastics have created today’s world, and will enable tomorrow’s. Enter now for a chance to win a great scholarship for yourself and a grant for your school program. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and The Future of Plastics Foundation invite undergraduate and graduate students who are legal residents of the 50 United States an Disctrict of Colombia, of the age majority in the state of residence upon time of entry, and enrolled full-time in a plastics educational program at any accredited postsecondary educational institution in the United States to enter the SPI Student Video Scholarship Competition by creating and submitting an original short video showing how plastics continue to be a platform for innovation. The past sbumissions to the SPI Student Video Competition yielded excellent results.  Every year the competition promises to be even better!

The theme — Enigeering Innovation into the 21st Century — is intentionally broad to allow for maximum creative freedom. The plastics innovations that can inspire you are literally beyond counting. Today’s smart phones were impossible a decade ago, and without plastics would be impossible even today. Virtually every plastic device or item taken for granted today, from a toothbrush to a complex life-saving medical device, was in the realm of science fiction when your grandparents were your age. Plastics provided the innovation platform that made them happen.

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Your goal is to create an original video from 2 to 4 minutes long that shows how adaptability, flexibility, strength and economic properties have made polymer materials the innovator’s most valuable tools over the last 75 years. Your video can use comedy, drama, animation, special effects, music, or choreography—whatever you want, as long as your video complies with the Official Rules and Video Upload Terms. Videos not produced with an English audio track must have English subtitles. (As further described in the Video Upload Terms, please do not include copyrighted work such as well-known music, images, or TV/movie clips without express written consent.)

The competition is currently open for entries. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014. Entries will be accepted online through a YouTube Direct channel accessed by clicking on the ENTER NOW button below. Please review the complete Official Rules and Video Upload Terms that you will be asked to agree to when you enter.

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Judging Criteria

A panel of judges composed of members of the SPI Communications and Marketing Advisory Committee (CMAC) will select first, second, and third place awards based on the following criteria:

  • Content: Is the message engaging and appropriate to the theme of the contest?
  • Creativity: Is the message conveyed in a creative way?
  • Originality: Is the idea or concept presented innovatively?
  • Execution: Does the video communicate the key role of plastics in the process of innovation to the viewer? 
  • Effect: Does the video communicate the key role of plastics in the process of innovation?

Students and universities selected to recieve awards will be contacted and announced in early at SPE ANTEC in Las Vegas, Nevda, April 28-30 2014 or privately if not attending. Decisions of the judges are final and binding in all matters relating to this contest.

Please review the official rules for detailed award descriptions.

Scholarships and Grants


  • A $9,000 cash grant to the creating student or team


  • A $6,750 cash grant to the student creating the video, plus...


  • A $4,500 cash grant to the student or team creating the video, plus…

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