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ESA Foundation Accepting Applications for its Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program

Washington, D.C. – February 16, 2017 – Aspiring video game developers can now apply for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation’s Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program. Up to 30 scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to women and minority students pursuing university-level coursework in computer and video game arts.

The ESA Foundation’s scholarship program was created in 2007. Since then, ESA Foundation has awarded more than 250 scholarships, helping students pursue degrees in video games.

“The ESA Foundation is committed to fostering inclusivity in the video game industry so that everyone who plays games can make games,” said Anastasia Staten, executive director of the ESA Foundation. “Video games positively impact communities, and we are proud to provide the Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program to support the next generation of video game creators.”

Eligible applicants include women and minority current high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university. A committee will evaluate the applications and select 30 scholarship recipients. Selection is based on academic performance and honors, career goals, extracurricular activities, leadership, work experience and special circumstances. Some of last years’ scholarship recipient’s videos can be viewed at

The application deadline for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program is Thursday, April 27, 2017. To apply, please visit Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the scholarship process.

Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology. ESA Foundation is primarily supported by proceeds from its signature annual fundraiser, Nite to Unite and other charitable initiatives. For more information, please visit ESA Foundation’s website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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