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Video Game Design Scholarships

There are highly-skilled gamers and then there are the people that work behind the scenes (who could also be great gamers); putting their creativity to work and creating legendary video games, like Call of Duty and League of Legends.

You don't have to be an expert gamer to design video games. While colleges and universities offer scholarships for gamers on a competitive basis, other schools and organizations offer video game design scholarships to students with a love for interactive gaming and who are interested in a career in the video game industry. For instance, The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences offers three video game scholarship programs to those interested in the video game and interactive media industry, including disciplines in game development, art, animation, programming, game design, sound design, engineering, law, marketing, or business administration.

If you are dreaming about a career in the video game industry, there are plenty of video game design scholarships with many more to come as popularity increases at the collegiate level. Here's a comprehensive list of video game design scholarships:

Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup Competition seeks to honor the most innovative, ground-breaking and appealing software built with Microsoft tools and technology. You must be at least 16 years of age as of October 24 to enter, actively enrolled as a student an accredited educational institution that grants high-school or college/university (or equivalent) degrees (including home [...] More

The NYU Game Center EVO Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The NYU Game Center has partnered with the Evo tournament to create a scholarship to study game design at New York University. The Evo Scholarship is awarded annually to an applicant who best demonstrates an active participation in the fighting game community, an interest in game design with a focus on innovating in the field of competitive games, and a legitimate financial need. For more [...] More

USC School of Cinematic Arts Endowed Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The School of Cinematic Arts offers numerous scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program within the School of Cinematic Arts. Requirements vary by scholarship, and include graduate and undergraduate students. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships benefit minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying art and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Students must be U.S. citizens or be in possession of a green card, pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the following disciplines: fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, or [...] More

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Last Reviewed: July 2020