Applications Now Open for Nikon's Storytellers Scholarship

By Lorena Roberts on January 31, 2019

According to a recent press release, applications are now open for the second “Nikon Storytellers Scholarship,” a program that celebrates the power of visual storytelling. Eligible students in the US and Canada can apply for the chance to be selected as one of ten winners of a $10,000 scholarship.

“We are so excited to be able to continue to offer scholarship support to talented students across the US and Canada who are exploring their creative passions,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “In launching this program for a second year, Nikon is reaffirming its dedication to supporting and encouraging the next generation of creators in their pursuits to become the confident, fearless voices of tomorrow.”

In its first year (2017), the Nikon Storytellers scholarships received over 1,000 submissions. Open to both undergraduate and graduate visual art, fine art, journalism, film, photography, and multimedia/content creation students, this scholarship is the perfect way for you to land some extra academic support. You must have completed your freshman year of college (or the academic equivalent).

There are two stages of submissions: after an initial round of academic and professional references, selected students will advance to a semi-finalist round in which they submit an original piece of creative work to be evaluated by a committee of industry professionals.

The theme of this year’s scholarship competition is “Capture Tomorrow,” encouraging students to push the boundaries of their craft.

If you’re one of the ten lucky scholarship winners, you will receive your award to use during the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information about submitting an entry or to explore eligibility details, visit

Do you have your planner handy? Here are some important dates for the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship:

  • Application Open: January 29, 2019
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Recommendation Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Open: March 18, 2019
  • Semi-finalist Deadline: April 15, 2019
  • Notification of Selection Results: June 2019
  • Funds Disbursed: August 2019
Lorena graduated from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville last December with a BA in Honors Psychology. After some serious soul-searching, she's decided to pursue a Master's in teaching in order to teach middle school math! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Whippet mix, Gio, at the dog park and binge watching Netflix with endless cups of Hot Cocoa.

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