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SCWD logo650By Andrea Swayne

High School students have an opportunity to earn up to $2,500 in scholarship money by creating a South Coast Water District public service announcement video that educates people about the value of water and conforms to one of two themes: “A Day without Water” or “The New Normal,” according to a SCWD press release.

The “A Day without Water” theme asks students to imagine a water emergency in which the water supply is severely limited. “The New Normal” asks students to discuss the long-term effects of the ongoing drought and educate the public on the necessity for changing water use habits. Videos will be judged by a committee on production quality, entertainment value, creativity/originality and the incorporation of the theme message. The first place prize is $2,000, second place is $1,000, third is $750 and a YouTube Viewers’ Choice Award is $250. As a bonus, a $500 donation will be made to the arts program at the school that submits the most entries.

Video entries can be completed individually or in a group and must be either 30 seconds or one minute in length, in one of four preferred formats (.mov, .wmv, .avi, or mp4), and must include two DVD copies.

Only students living in the South Coast Water District service area are eligible.

The application deadline is May 2. Winners will be notified in June and the winning videos will be featured on the SCWD website and social media accounts.

Before applying, students should call Sonja Morgan at 949.499.4555 ext.1 to verify eligibility. Questions may also be sent via email to

An entry and release form can be found online at

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