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ESAF Seeks Minority, Women Developers For Video Games

 

Are you a minority, or female game developer looking for help to pursue your video game dreams?

The Entertainment Software Association (ESAF) is currently accepting applications for its 2013-2014 scholarship program. The program is open to women and minority students who are pursuing computer and video game-related degrees at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. All applications must be submitted by May 15. The winners will be announced this fall.

As video games become more cinematic, and complex in its storytelling, the brains behind it should be as razor sharp.

ESAF’s scholarship program (established in 2007) awards up to 30 annual scholarships of $3,000 each, providing students with an opportunity to study video game-related subjects such as graphic design, computer science, animation, programming, digital entertainment, or software engineering. ESAF typically awards half of its scholarships to high school seniors, and the other half to students currently enrolled in a full-time program.

According to Jenny Lai, vice president of ESAF, the video game industry’s philanthropic arm, ESAF's scholarship program has supported more than 140 exceptional students, enabling them to realize their academic and professional dreams while contributing to the diversity of the video game industry.

Research shows that an increasing number of U.S. colleges and universities offer computer and video game-related curriculum to students. And video games have started to play their way into academia, with 381 American colleges, universities, art and trade schools offering courses, professional certificates, undergraduate or graduate degrees in video game design, development, and programming.

Students interested in applying for the 2013-2014 ESAF scholarship can visit here for additional information and to fill out an application form.

For more information about ESAF, visit esafoundation.org or on Twitter: @ESA Foundation.