Jim Mizell Scholarship Program

Jim Mizell Scholarship: Video Contest

Santa Margarita Water District is hosting its first ever video contest for the Jim Mizell Memorial Water and Environmental Scholarship, designed for college-bound students who live in the SMWD service area. The Jim Mizell Water and Environmental Scholarship Program will provide two successful graduating high school students with $2,500 scholarships to their community or four-year college of choice.

The winning videos will be used on Santa Margarita Water District’s website, social media and other digital platforms.

2017 theme: A Taste for Reusing Water. 

Focus on at least one of the following subthemes:

  1. public opinion/acceptance of drinking recycled water in South Orange County
  2. the importance of using water more than once
  3. the safety of drinking recycled water 

Completed applications, including videos, must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Successful graduating high school students who live in Santa Margarita Water District service area are eligible to apply.

Video Requirements

  • Include 2017 theme: A Taste for Reusing Water. 
  • 30-60 second video
  • Preferred formats: .mov, .wmv, .avi, or .mp4
  • Video must be created by the student applying for the scholarship. No professional assistance or use of copyright material is allowed.
  • Submitted videos become the property of Santa Margarita Water District and Santa Margarita Water District reserves the right to exhibit submitted videos at its discretion.
  • All required clearances and permissions must be obtained by you prior to submission. It is the applicants responsible to obtain release from any person whose recognizable likeness appears in the video and to obtain permission to use all copyrighted materials that was used in creating the video.

Judging Criteria

  • Incorporation of the 2017 theme: A Taste for Reusing Water
  • Entertainment value and originality
  • Production quality

Winner Notification
Two winners will be notified by phone or email. The winners will also be invited to attend an SMWD Board meeting to accept the scholarship and show the winning video.

Apply today! Deadline is 5 p.m. on May 19, 2017.

Applications Closed

Santa Margarita Water District’s Jim Mizell Memorial Scholarship Program

Santa Margarita Water District’s Jim Mizell Memorial Water and Environmental Scholarship Program is designed for college-bound students who live in SMWD’s service district.

Jim Mizell served as a director on the SMWD Board of Directors for 12 years before suffering a fatal heart attack while jogging in 2005. He was a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in real estate and related financial fields, first elected to the Board in 1993 when the District was starting the arduous process of debt refinancing and overall financial restructuring during tough economic times. He is remembered as “truly … the right person at the right time.”



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