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ESA Foundation Announces Grant and Scholarship Programs for 2010

Deadlines Approaching for Scholarship and Foundation Grant Applications

April 6, 2010 – WASHINGTON, DC – Funding proposals for an upcoming grant cycle are being accepted by the ESA Foundation until April 15, 2010, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced today. Foundation grantees provide programs and services that utilize computer and video game technology to educate America’s youth. In addition, academic scholarship applications for the 2010-2011 school year are due to the ESA Foundation by May 15, 2010.

“Thanks to the generosity of the ESA’s members and their commitment to improving children’s lives, we are able to offer a hand up to America’s youth. We are proud to continue this important work in 2010 by providing resources to organizations that educate our nation’s youth and those pursuing careers in our industry,” said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. “To date, the Foundation has raised more than $10 million for geographically diverse projects and programs that make a difference in the areas of health, education, risk-behavior prevention as well as technical and personal skill development.”

The Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations that benefit American boys and girls between the ages of seven and 18. Previous grant recipients include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Save the Children, and Computers for Youth. Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed annually in May and June. First-time awardees can receive grants of up to $50,000. For more information or to apply for a Foundation grant, visit www.theesa.com/foundation/application.asp.

In addition, since 2007, the Foundation’s scholarship program has assisted 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. Eligible students have until May 15, 2010, to apply online for the 2010-2011 academic year. For more information about the Foundation’s computer and video game scholarship program, or to apply, visit www.theesa.com/foundation/scholarship.asp.

The ESA Foundation was created by the American interactive entertainment software industry to support and provide opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation is fully supported by proceeds from the industry’s limited edition charity game packs sales and "A Nite to Unite – for Kids," its annual fundraiser, which has raised more than $9.3 million in the last 10 years. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.theesa.com/foundation/.

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