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Scholarship

Serious Cigars will be awarding one U.S. high school senior a scholarship and a chance to demonstrate their filmmaking ability to the world. To apply for the Serious Cigars scholarship, applicants must produce a 2-8 minute video concerning one of two topics. The applicant may select to produce their video on one of the following:

  • The use of tobacco in religious rituals throughout history
  • Cigar culture in America

America and tobacco have a long and storied history together – a history that involves centuries of tradition and a craft that has been perfected by generations of families. The Serious Cigars scholarship is about finding those stories and helping students improve their skills as they further their education. The scholarship will award $1,000 to the winning applicant, which is intended to help with tuition, books and other college expenses.

Instructions

The entry period for the Serious Cigars scholarship starts April 16, 2015 and ends November 15, 2015. All applications must include:

  • An application for entry that is filled out in legible print or typed out.
  • A 2-8 minute video showcasing either the use of tobacco in historic religious rituals, or cigar culture in America. The video must be recorded on a DVD that is labeled with the applicant’s name and school.
  • A copy of the script used in the video.
  • A recent photo of the applicant.
  • A high school transcript that includes the applicant’s class size and ranking.
  • The applicant’s SAT or ACT scores.
  • At least two letters of recommendation written by teachers, coaches, employers, school administrators, academic advisors or religious leaders. Letters of recommendation should address the applicant’s academic achievements and potential, and their involvement in extracurricular activities at school and in the community.

Applicants must mail their completed application and materials via US Mail to the following address:

Serious Cigars - Scholarship
ATTN: Ron Lesseraux
6608 FM 1960 W. Suite D
Houston, Texas, 77069


Eligibility

High school seniors entering university during the Spring 2016 academic semester are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students pursuing a film studies major at university.

Winner announcement 

The winning entry will be announced three weeks following the conclusion of the entry period and will be posted on Serious Cigar’s website and Facebook page. Applications will be judged by the quality of production and discussion of the video’s topic, taking into account the applicant’s scholastic achievements, community involvement, and test scores. Entries that include copyrighted or inappropriate materials will be disqualified from consideration. The judge’s decision will be final and the award will consist of a check made out to the university the applicant plans to attend. 

Entry ownership

All entry materials submitted by applicants become the property of Serious Cigars upon submission. Applicants must acknowledge Serious Cigars’ rights to display, distribute, reproduce, modify and promote the content without compensation to the applicant or anyone else. 

Use of personal information

The winning applicant and their legal guardians consent to the use of their name, the name of their school, and their area of residence. Serious Cigars also reserves the right to use the applicant’s photo and award information for promotional purposes.

Release 

Upon applying for the Serious Cigars scholarship, applicants and their legal guardians agree to hold Serious Cigars and its employees harmless from any liability associated with the scholarship contest.

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