Building Character


The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation
Building Character Legacy Partner

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values and legacy of America’s 38th President. It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideals, values, commitment to public service and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena.

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Vander Laan Family Foundation
Promoting Healthy Living Legacy Partner

Providing grants and scholarships to West Michigan students and organizations

2020 Calendar for High School Film Festival Competition

Early Registration Deadline
January 17, 2020

Final Submission Deadline
February 7, 2020

Judging Period
March-April 2020

Finalist Notification
May 2020

Festival Awards Event
May 30, 2020


Helpful Tips

Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") has three principal meanings.

In its first, descriptive usage, morality means a code of conduct held to be authoritative in matters of right and wrong. Morals are created by and define society, philosophy, religion, or individual conscience.

Building Character Winning Videos

PSA's Targeted for Grades 7-12

Winning Building Character Entries 2019 High School Contest

First Place - Save Our Home
Aidan Flynn, Pewamo-Westphalia High School

Second Place - Cut It Out
Jadah Burciaga, Careerline Tech Center

Third Place - To All The Girls
Jadah Burciaga, Careerline Tech Center

PSA's Targeted for Grades K-6

Winning Building Character Entries 2019 High School Contest

First Place - Be You-Nique
Caillie Prins, Careerline Tech Center

Second Place - Color Someone
Alyssa Dodd, Careerline Tech Center

Third Place - Cootie Catcher Character Traits
Gabrielle Musacchio, Careerline Tech Center

K-8 Classroom Contest Winning Videos

First Place - Reach Out
James T. Jones Elementary School, Sara Sholten

Second Place - Sportsmanship
St. Michael Parish School, Jean Simon

Third Place - Stand Up
Holy Redeemer Grade School, Laura Ilov

Judges Choice Award - Dream Big
Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium, Scott A. Galeski

Our Legacy Partners


Gerald R. Ford Foundation
Chemical Bank
Vander Laan Family Foundation
Van Singel