We’re Building a Pipeline of Future Video Game Professionals

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To inspire future creators in the video game industry and encourage diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), the ESA Foundation established a scholarship fund to support women and minority students across the US. Since 2007, this program has awarded nearly 400 scholarships, to power the dreams of students earning a computer science or video game arts-related degree.

This year, we are proud to partner with Gay Gaming Professionals to offer additional scholarship support for service work in the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more and meet the three recipients click here.

About The ESA Foundation

Nearly two decades ago, the video game industry’s pioneers had a vision. They wanted to prove that the interactive technologies at the center of their work have the power to solve social and global issues. From their vision, the ESA Foundation was born.

Since then, the ESA Foundation has supported students, schools and charities that are improving the lives of kids and expanding their horizons by harnessing the unique power of interactive software.

A significant focus of the ESA Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships to aspiring game developers, encourage inclusivity and gender balance in STEAM, and activate organizations to use video games to create meaningful opportunities of America’s youth.

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Applications for 2020-2021 Opening Soon!

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Scholar Profiles

Hear from a few scholarship recipients about their experiences with the scholarship program, and how it is helping them achieve internships and careers!

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"As long as I get myself out there and interact with others
in the community, I'll be OK."

— Geneva Heyward

Game Modelling & Design, New York University

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Roland M

"In my small hometown, the only other person into game development was my brother Jesse. That's why we reached out to other gamers on Twitter, to try and put together a community, to see what other people were doing and learn from them."

— Roland Munguia

Computer Programming, DigiPen Institute of Technology

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Isiah R

"I don't want to make a game that's specifically Latino-Puerto Rican; I want that to come up because it's me who makes it, something I can do."

— Isiah Rosa

Game Modelling & Design, New York University

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Steven H

"My fellow scholars are amazing. We see what each other’s doing, share tips, and ask questions about programming or algorithms."

— Steven Harmon

Game Modelling & Design, University of Southern California

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Tre L

"It’s important to have people of different backgrounds sharing their perspectives. I think that adds to the games being created."

— Tre Lannon

Game Modelling & Design, University of Southern California

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Meet the 2019-2020 Scholars

Click on the scholars' images below to learn more about their passion for video games. You could be next!

Celebrate with us at Nite to Unite 2020!

Nite to Unite (NTU) is an annual gala to raise funds for the ESA Foundation and celebrate the many ways video games drive positive change in our society and transform kids’ lives.

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