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Get Paid to Play in College with ESA Esports Scholarships

Get Paid to Play in College with ESA Esports Scholarships
Susan Dutca-Lovell

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced its first Esports scholarship, expanding its 20-year-old scholarship program to include Esports competitors in college, according to Polygon. The ESA Esports scholarship program is "intended to elevate the participation of women and minorities" who currently "account for a very small percentage of Esports scholarship recipients. Therefore, in order to be eligible for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship, you must either be a woman or minority and pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences. Current high school seniors, college freshman, sophomore and juniors who are U.S. citizens may apply for the ESA Esports scholarship. Applicants must also be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four (4) year college or university in the upcoming fall semester in order to be considered. All scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020 at 11:59 PST. Applicants will receive results by mid-June and funds will be issued to scholarship winners by end of August.

Last year, That National Association of Collegiate Esports estimated that $16 million in Esports scholarships were awarded since 2016. Since its debut in the world of college sports, the availability of Esports scholarships has rapidly increased, and Esports is projected to be a $1.5 billion industry in 2020, according to NBC News. Esports scholarship amounts vary by school; several schools offer full-tuition, and even full-ride scholarships. While dozens of U.S. colleges offer varsity level Esports scholarships and competitions, some even offer bachelor's and master's programs in Esports, where students learn marketing and management skills specific to the Esports industry. If you are an avid gamer or video game enthusiast, you’ll want to check out these Esports scholarships.

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