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Foundation Works to Improve the Lives of America's Youth

May 3, 2011 – WASHINGTON, DC – The Entertainment Software Association Foundation (ESA Foundation) today encouraged interested organizations and students to submit their grant and scholarship applications before the fast approaching May 15 deadline. Foundation grants and scholarships support positive programs and opportunities that benefit young people and contribute to a more digitally advanced generation.

“The ESA Foundation has an impressive record of providing grants to organizations using innovative approaches to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth, and scholarships for students pursuing careers in game development,” said Jenny Lai, executive director of the ESA Foundation. “We look forward to continuing these efforts and supporting more great work in the coming year.”

As the video game industry’s philanthropic arm, the ESA Foundation has awarded grants to 33 organizations around the United States that utilize technology, including computer and video games to educate America’s youth and young adults. Previous grantees work to addresses some of the biggest issues facing young people, including children’s health, online safety and the promotion of careers in math and science. For more information on the grant program and how to submit an application, visit

The Foundation also awards up to 30 annual scholarships, of $3,000 each, to women and minority students to help increase the diversity of the computer and video game industry – and to encourage the industry’s development of game technologies with educational applications. To date, the Foundation has provided scholarships to 60 current college students and 60 graduating high school seniors studying graphic design, computer science, animation or programming, digital entertainment or software engineering. For more information about the scholarship program, or to submit an application, visit

The next round of grant and scholarship recipients will be announced in fall 2011. Organizations will be awarded grants for the following calendar year and scholarships will support students for the 2011-2012 school year.

The ESA Foundation was created by the American entertainment software industry to provide opportunities that can make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from its limited edition charity game pack’s sales and "Nite to Unite for Kids," its annual fund-raiser, which has raised more than $12 million in the last 13 years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit   


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