The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation announced the Girls for Gaming Scholarship to discuss their impact in helping empower and educate females who play various roles within the gaming industry with the purpose of driving and normalizing gender diversity within gaming. Additionally, the applicants must be pursuing or about to pursue a degree in the business of game development, including and not limited to public relations, marketing, law, business management, and human resources. Eligible individuals must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students attending an accredited college or university during the 2021-2022 academic school year. Also, early professionals in the gaming industry can also participate in the competition.
Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who have shown outstanding academic achievements. These prestigious awards are cash prizes given to either the students or their college or university. Sometimes, these scholarships are given to students of a particular gender, race, ethnicity, and working professionals. To pay for their education, students sometimes opt for part-time jobs and have to divide their time & effort between studies and work. This way, they are unable to perform at their full potential. So, scholarships are indirectly helping students focus solely on education to receive their degree, diploma, or certification.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation’s, also known as the AIAS Foundation, mission is to advance an inclusive worldwide interactive entertainment creative and business community through collaboration, education, and professional development. Their vision is to envision growth in the gaming community as space for all individuals to learn, work and thrive through the interactive arts. The AIAS Foundation has sponsored hundreds of mentees and scholars and hosted educational summits. They have launched the first game industry 5k race and built a growing database of mentors ready to help future generations of industry leaders. Based in California, this foundation is a well-known charitable organization. They organize the Design Innovate Communicate Entertain summit, commonly known as DICE, for the presentation of awards.
Refer to the below table for more details of the scholarship:
|Organization||The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation|
|Educational Level||Undergraduate and graduate student|
|Subjects||Business of game development|
|Number of Awards||Multiple|
|Nationality||Domestic or international|
|Application Deadline||May 31, 2021|
|Requirement||A personal statement, two recommendation letters, online transcript, proof of enrollment, proof of employment|
Who May Be Eligible
- Full-time undergraduate/graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university in 2021-2022 academic school year
- Early professional working in the gaming industry
- Twenty-one years old or older at the time of application
- Candidates under 21 cannot participate in DICE Summit activities
- 3.0 GPA on a scale of 4.0
- Being a resident or citizen of the US is not required
- Employees of AIAS Foundation or anyone affiliated with it are ineligible
- Previous winners cannot apply
How to Apply
Eligible candidates must submit a personal statement that includes information about studies or work and their impact in empowering and educating girls/young women on the various roles within the gaming industry with the purpose of driving and normalizing gender diversity within gaming. This statement should also address service, leadership, character, and financial needs. Two recommendation letters signs by colleagues or professors from the current academic program, administration, and/or professors who know the applicants individually. Also, an Online transcript, proof of enrollment, and/or proof of employment are also required.
- a personal statement
- Two recommendation letters
- Online transcript
- proof of enrollment
- proof of employment
The student scholarship winners of the Girls for Gaming Scholarship will each receive $2,500. The professional scholars will get a chance to receive a travel stipend to another video games conference. All scholars participate in a year-long mentorship program and are eligible to participate in professional training, and networking opportunity at the 2022 DICE Summit and 25th DICE Awards show. Girls for Gaming scholar recipients will also receive an additional workshop on how to further grow ally communities and amplify female voices through their program.
All Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by May 31, 2021.