We’re Building a Pipeline of Future Video Game Professionals

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To inspire and motivate future visionaries 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. This program has awarded nearly $1 million dollars in scholarships over the last decade, to empower promising candidates to follow their dream of earning a computer science or video game arts-related degree.

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Applications for 2019-20 will open soon!

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About The ESA Foundation

More than 15 years 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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In Their Own Words

ESA Foundation Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences

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"As a first-generation college student from a working-class family, this scholarship is a reminder to my family and I that college can be viable – that I can get my degree and make a positive impact, not only on the lives of the people of who play my games but the world at large. This scholarship means that I can continue my education at my dream school, where I wake up excited and grateful for every moment."

— Steven Harmon

Game Modelling & Design, University of Southern California

ESA Foundation Scholar

Nithya D

"The ESA Scholarship means a lot to me as it encourages women and minorities to pursue computer science and game development, which are areas where you usually do not see a lot of diversity or representation. It means that me and fellow women or minority groups are supported and have a place in the video game industry."

— Nithya Deepak

Computer & Information Sciences , Scripps College

ESA Foundation Scholar

Isiah R

"No matter what games you play, they all can be used as a learning experience."

— Isiah Rosa

Game Modelling & Design, New York University

ESA Foundation Scholar

Meet the 2018-2019 Scholars

This year, the ESA Foundation gave 35 students scholarships to pursue degrees like video game art and design, computer animation, and virtual technology.

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 2019!

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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Want to learn more? Hear from a few of the scholarship recipients about their unique backgrounds, their experiences with the scholarship program, and how it helped them achieve internships and careers!

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