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ESA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship Program

Women and minority students should apply by April 26

WASHINGTON – February 2, 2018 – Scholarships for women and minority students passionate about video games and pursuing video game-related degrees are now available for the upcoming academic year. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation announced today it is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship program. Now in its 12th year, the program provides financial assistance to women and minority students pursuing computer science or video game arts-related degrees at accredited four-year colleges and universities across the United States.

“The video game industry is a source of dynamic entertainment and innovative solutions to education, health, and social issues in classrooms and communities around the country,” said Anastasia Staten, executive director of the ESA Foundation. “The ESA Foundation is proud to bring unique voices to such an influential industry by nurturing inclusion and diversity in college video game programs.”

In the last decade, the Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship program delivered $1 million in scholarships to promising women and minority students, empowering them to follow their dreams of earning a computer science or video game arts-related degree. With the recent announcement of a $100,000 donation by Bethesda Softworks, the largest single donation ever given to the scholarship program, the ESA Foundation is able to provide more students more opportunities and is establishing a mentorship network connecting ESA Foundation scholars with alumni of the program and video game industry professionals.

“The scholarship gave me and people like me an amazing opportunity to pursue something we wouldn’t be able to pursue otherwise,” said Warren Lindsey, an alumnus of the ESA Foundation scholarship program and recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. “It would have been unattainable in the past and it gives me and others like me financial opportunities to get into the industry and do these things, which is really something.”

The ESA Foundation is awarding up to 70 scholarships of $3,000 to students pursuing video game-related degrees for the 2018-19 academic year. Eligible applicants include women and minority high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university. The ESA Foundation selects scholars based on academic performance and honors, career goals, extracurricular activities, leadership, work experience, and special circumstances.

The application deadline for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship program is Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:58 PM PST. Students interested in applying for a 2018-19 ESA Foundation scholarship should visit www.ESAFoundationScholars.org for additional information, last year’s scholarship recipient videos, and the application form. Answers to frequently asked questions about the scholarship application process are available here.

About the ESA Foundation

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. The ESA Foundation receives its primary funding proceeds from the signature annual fundraiser Nite to Unite and other charitable initiatives. For more information, please visit the ESA Foundation website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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