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ESA Foundation Awards Scholarships to 15 Future Game Developers

$45,000 Distributed to Women and Minorities from Schools Across the Country

October 3, 2008 — WASHINGTON, DC — The ESA Foundation has selected 15 promising video game developers to receive $45,000 in scholarships, the charitable organization announced today. The students, from academic institutions across the country, are currently studying industry subjects ranging from electronic game design to digital audio technology.

"I commend these men and women on their selection and wish them continued success in their studies," said Michael Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, which represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "Their academic pursuits will help give rise to innovative technologies and ideas that will fuel our industry's growth in the coming years."

The ESA Foundation Scholarship Program assists women and minority students who plan to continue their education in fields supporting video game development, including 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.

More than 200 U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools now offer video game courses or degrees. This vast range of educational options comes at an ideal time for students, academia and the video game industry. Over the next several years, computer and video game companies expect to triple their total direct and indirect employment, which currently stands at 80,000 people.

Beginning in January, students interested in the 2009 scholarship program may complete an application at

The ESA Foundation was created by the American interactive entertainment software industry to support and 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 "A Nite to Unite – for Kids," its annual fundraiser, which has raised more than $11 million in the last 10 years. For more information about the ESA Foundation, please visit

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

Amber Dunn

Hometown: Decatur, GA
Institution: GA Devry University
Major: Game and Simulation Program

Monica Harrion

Hometown: Marina Del Ray, CA
Institution: Otis College of Art and Design
Major: Digital Media- Animation

Kevin James

Hometown: Monticello, IA
Institution: University of Dubuque
Major: Computer Graphics

Ysaac Keith

Hometown: El Paso, TX
Institution: Devry University, Phoenix
Major: Programming

Kasey Kimberly

Hometown: Baxley, GA
Institution: Art Institute of Atlanta
Major: Game Art and Design

Emily Mask

Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Major: Computational Media

Roy McLeod

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Institution: Westwood College of Technology
Major: Game Art and Design

Cynthia Miller

Hometown: Canton, MI
Institution: Columbia College of Chicago
Major: Video Game Design

Jessica Monteiro

Hometown: North Arlington, NJ
Institution: School of Visual Arts
Major: Computer Art

Laurie Morgan

Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Institution: Westwood College Online
Major: Game Art and Design

Lauren Nishikawa

Hometown: Wilmot, NH
Institution: Champlain College
Major: Electronic Game Design

Joseph Reyna

Hometown: Lansing, MI
Institution: Ferris State University of Grand Rapids
Major: Game Design

Emilie Rodgers

Hometown: Ipswich, MA
Institution: Champlain College
Major: Game Design- Animation

Eda Staples

Hometown: Ogden, UT
Institution: Westwood College
Major: Animation

Cynthia Waller

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Institution: Ringling College of Art and Design
Major: Computer Animation


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