If you are a hardcore video game fanatic, you have probably caught your share of flack for your passion. In truth, gaming can be a source of real money for your college expenses. Regardless of whether you are a future developer, a player, or just interested in gaming culture, there are scholarships that will help you pay for college. If gaming is a major part of your life, check out these financial opportunities:
- Penny Arcade Scholarship – One of the earliest scholarship programs for gamers, this fund was started by the webcomic Penny Arcade. The scholarship is designed to help students who show great potential to make a positive impact on the gaming industry. Applications are accepted starting around March or April of each year and provide awards of $10,000.
- Evo College Scholarship – The online community at Shoryuken.com takes proceeds from the broadcast of the Evo Championship Series game tournament to provide gamers with money for college. This year, they were able to provide a $500 creative grant as well as two scholarships of $10,000 a year. Awards are given to college students or high school seniors intending to major in a career in the game industry.
- Twitch & Alienware Scholarship Program – This program awarded its first scholarships this year. Sponsored by Twitch, Alienware, and SteelSeries, the fund provided five scholarships of $10,000 each to college students nationwide and will be making further awards in 2013. To qualify for the scholarship, you must demonstrate academic achievement as well as achievement in your favorite video game. Other than that, you may pursue any career field that interests you.
- Sony Online Entertainment G.I.R.L. Scholarship Program – This program is designed to persuade young women to enter the video game industry, but both men and women are eligible for awards. Scholarships are awarded to those entering careers in video game design and development. The winner receives $10,000 and a 10-week paid internship opportunity at an SOE studio. Applications are accepted from February to late March. To enter, you must submit an essay as well as a piece of conceptual art that is based on a SOE game.
If you are an avid gamer, these excellent opportunities will help you pay for college while getting the education you need to further advance the field of gaming. Most of these programs will be accepting applications for next year in the spring, so start working on your skills and requirements today.