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ESA Foundation Awards 30 Scholarships to Aspiring Game Developers

$90,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Women and Minority Students

October 13, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – Students pursuing careers in computer and video game development at 21 academic institutions across the country are getting a financial boost from the ESA Foundation. The Foundation has awarded 30 scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year to women and minority students enrolled in programs ranging from computer science to 3D animation.

"The video game industry is pleased to foster opportunities for gifted youth to use their creativity, innovation and passion to create games that entertain, inspire and educate," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "The ESA is proud to help advance the careers of aspiring game developers and enhance the diversity of our industry by offering scholarships to women and minority students."

Since 2007, the Foundation's scholarship program has provided financial assistance to women and minority students preparing for careers in video game development, including those studying graphic design, computer science, animation, programming, digital entertainment or software engineering. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at accredited four-year colleges and universities. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 each are awarded annually, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students.

This year, more than 300 U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools are offering video game courses or degrees. This vast range of educational options comes at an ideal time for students, as the entertainment software industry continues to show strong growth and an increasing need for a diverse pool of developers to meet consumers' demands for a wide range of creative works.

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 their limited edition charity game pack's sales and "Nite to Unite - For Kids," its annual fund-raiser, which has raised more than $11 million in the last 12 years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit www.theESA.com/foundation.

Editor's note: please see below for full list of scholarship winners.

2010-2011 ESA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Sapphira Artra

Hometown: Shoreline, WA
Institution: Art Institute of Seattle
Major: Game Art & Design

Melody Bolton

Hometown: Dripping Springs, TX
Institution: University of Texas - Austin
Major: Computer Science

Victoria Brake

Hometown: Elma, NY
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Major: Game Design & Development

Chelsea Brown

Hometown: Yadkinville, NC
Institution: Art Institute of Charlotte
Major: Web Design & Interactive Media

Andrew Colean

Hometown: Valencia, CA
Institution: DigiPen Institute of Technology
Major: Real-Time Interactive Simulation

Kelly DeBarr

Hometown: Richmond, KY
Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Major: Games & Simulation Arts and Sciences

Andrea Emmes

Hometown: Burbank, CA
Institution: Art Institute of California - Hollywood
Major: Game Art & Design

Tiffany Entwistle

Hometown: Northborough, MA
Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Major: Games & Simulation Arts and Sciences

Desiree Fernandes

Hometown: Granby, MA
Institution: Champlain College
Major: Game Art & Animation

Elizabeth Fiacco

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Institution: Chapman University
Major: Animation & Game Design

Jabari Harris

Hometown: Knightdale, NC
Institution: High Point University
Major: Interactive Media & Game Arts

Jennifer Johnson

Hometown: Redmond, WA
Institution: DigiPen Institute of Technology
Major: Animation & Digital Arts

Erica Larson

Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Institution: University of Idaho
Major: Virtual Technology & Design

Charles Lee

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Institution: DigiPen Institute of Technology
Major: Real-Time Interactive Simulation

Jessica Liu

Hometown: Providence, RI
Institution: Brown University
Major: Computer Science & Arts

Natalia Mercado

Hometown: Powell, OH
Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Major: Animation

Anna Molosky

Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computer Science

Daniel Moreno

Hometown: Miami, FL
Institution: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Motion Graphic Design

Hannah Morris

Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Institution: Michigan State University
Major: Media Arts & Technology (Games, Web, and Interactive Media Concentration)

Margaret Orr

Hometown: Bloomington, IN
Institution: DePaul University
Major: 3D Animation

Emilie Rodgers

Hometown: Ipswich, MA
Institution: Champlain College
Major: 3-D Modeling & Animation

Kentaro Rose

Hometown: Ewa Beach, HI
Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Major: Computer Science

Joss Schafer

Hometown: New York, NY
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Major: Computer Science

Alexandra Schultz

Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Institution: Brown University
Major: Computer Science

Evan Shimizu

Hometown: Edina, MN
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computer Science

Wennie Tabib

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Major: Computer Science

Amanda Thompson

Hometown: Yorktown, VA
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major: Computer Science

Jennifer Tran

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Institution: DigiPen Institute of Technology
Major: Production Animation

Alejandra Velez

Hometown: Englewood, NJ
Institution: School of Visual Arts
Major: Computer Art & Computer Animation & Visual Effects

Alexis Xuconoxtli

Hometown: Marietta, GA
Institution: Savannah College of Art and Design
Major: Animation

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