ESA Foundation

Harnessing the 
Power of Video Games

Creating Social Impact

The ESA Foundation harnesses the collective power of the video game industry to create positive social impact in communities across the country. We support geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit all ages, races and genders. 

As part of our mission, we also provide scholarships to the next generation of video game innovators and support schools and charitable organizations that leverage entertainment software and technology to create meaningful opportunities for America’s youth. 
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The ESA Foundation Announces Its 2021-22 Scholars

Annual scholarships are awarded to 31 women, minority and LGBTQ+ college students who, emerging from a pandemic, are eager to create video games and content reflecting their lives.
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As for the industry, we need more women and minorities to make more diverse games, and that’s slowly happening. But our job’s not complete.

A Glimpse of the Future

Recently a game jam co-hosted by the ESA Foundation and Amazon Games immersed D.C. area students in the world of video game design and revealed how much they have to offer the industry.
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Scholar Spotlight:
Geneva Heyward

An ESA Foundation scholarship winner from Queens, New York, wants to showcase marginalized people in video games as dynamic characters - and is encouraging others to do the same.
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Grant Spotlight:

Serving 30,000 girls nationwide, this multiple-grant recipient promotes early engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as a way to address the gender gap in today’s STEM workforce.
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Renaissance Presence

Gordon Bellamy’s done it all—game developer, industry exec and leader, gay gaming pioneer. He’s also an ideal mentor.
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