Deadline Extended

Enter for a chance to win a $500 college scholarship


To enter, submit a 3-minute (or less) video essay that addresses your thoughts on beauty behind skin tone and the colorism within our society and how it impacts your life or someone you know.


High School Seniors

DGU will award a $500 scholarship to two deserving young ladies who qualify and complete all requirements for the contest. Contestants must be attending an accredited college or trade school during the 2022-2023 academic school year.

Essay Prompt

Colorism is defined as prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group. Colorism within the black community has been a serious emotional and psychological battle.  Colorism often influences our attitudes about hair texture, eye color, and the size and shape of noses, lips and other body parts.


Consider the following:

1. How has colorism helped you or someone you know define beauty behind skin tone?

2. What ideas, if any, have you or someone you know formulated around skin tones?

3. Reflect on the ways you or someone you know complexion or other aspects of physical appearance, ethnicity, or cultural influences have affected lifes' experiences.


After reflecting, tell us about someone or something that has played an important role in your experience with colorism. How has colorism affected you or someone you love?


Official Contest Rules

  1. Prepare your Video Essay. Your  submission will be accepted in two different formats

    • Format 1
      • Video must be in a PowerPoint style presentation with voiceover and must meet all criteria noted in the official contest rules.
    • Format 2

      •  Video must be recorded with a plain background in a well lit area. Please be sure the audio is clear. Video must meet all criteria noted in the official contest rules.


Video Essay submissions must be emailed to Video Essays must be no more than 3 minutes in length and no larger than 1GB. Only the following file formats are accepted: MP4, MPG, MOV, AVI, and WMV. Video Essays must not display any illegal, explicit, or inappropriate material, and Video Essays must not be password protected or require a log-in/sign-in to view. Your email should have your name and "Video Submission" in the subject line. In the and you may not submit your Video Essay in DVD or other physical form. (Video Essays submitted via mail will not be reviewed or returned.)

Tips to Record Quality Videos on a Smartphone:

Don't shoot vertical video. Computer monitors have landscape-oriented displays, so shoot your video horizontally.

Use a tripod. Even small movements can make a big difference when editing.

Don't use zoom. If you need to get a close shot of the subject, move closer as zooming can cause pixelation.

Use natural lighting. Smartphone lightening can wash out your video.

3. Review and submit

Review your information and submit your entry. 


4. Award Notification

Winning entries will be announced via Dream Girls University Instagram. You will also receive a phone call and an email.



For purposes of this contest:

  • An “accredited college” is defined as a nonprofit, two- or four-year college or university located within one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia.

  • Some trade schools will be considered

To be eligible to enter this contest and to win an award, you must be a high school senior and meet all of the following applicable criteria at time of entry.

High School Seniors (girls) must:

  • Be a legal U.S. resident of one of the Eligible States.

  • Be age 13 or older.

  • Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the Eligible States (and have not yet graduated 12th grade).

  • Plan to attend an accredited college or trade school during the 2022-2023 academic school year.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Cardwell, DGU Vice President and Program Coordinator at