Jim Mizell Scholarship Program

Santa Margarita Water District is again hosting its 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 up to 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 as District public service announcements and as educational outreach materials throughout Orange County.

2018 Theme: The True Value of Water

Focus on one or more of the following subthemes:

  1. what water means to people and their community
  2. the impact a lack of water would have on a family or community
  3. the importance of ensuring a community’s water infrastructure

Completed applications, including videos, must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Successful gradating high school students who live in the Santa Margairta Water District service area are eligible to apply.

Video Requirements

  • Include 2018 theme: The True Value of Water
  • Videos should be up to 60 seconds in length
  • Prefeered 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. The use of professional assistance and/or use of copyright material will result in an automatic disqualification.
  • All submissions are the property of the District

Submit Video

Submit Video

Via email to Nicole Stanfield at nicoless@smwd.com or mail a DVD to:

Attn: Nicole Stanfield
Santa Margarita Water District
26111 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

All videos must be received by Friday, May 18, 2018.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Incorporation of the 2018 theme: The True Value of Water
  • Entertainment value and originality
  • Production quality

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

Additional Information
If you have questions, please email or call Nicole Stanfield at (949) 459-6548.

2017 Contest Winner
Congratulations, Rita Konopasky of Tesoro High School! Rita will attend the University of Southern California this fall. When asked what she learned while making the video, Rita stated: “recycling water can help reduce and prevent pollution to oceans and rivers, and save energy by not requiring water to be transported long distances.” Click here to view the video.
SMWD would also like to recognize the Braunstein brothers, 9 and 11-year-olds, for their video submission. While not eligible for the scholarship, these boys still wanted to show-off their water-wise knowledge and acting skills. We appreciate their water-wise expertise and look forward to seeing their video submission when they graduate high school in several years. Click here to view the video.

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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