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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.

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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:

AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • AIGA Worldstudio Scholarships benefit underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who are studying photography, illustration, and design disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded annually to encourage social and environmental responsibility and cultural awareness in the next generation of artists and designers.

    Applicants must be U.S. [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Global Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Dream it. Build it. Live it. Innovate with passion and bring your idea to life in the Imagine Cup. Collaborate with other students and build your skills together to solve global issues. The Imagine Cup is full of opportunities to gain new skills, access exclusive training, unlock mentorship opportunities, have the chance to win great prizes, and make a difference in the world. Open to students [...] 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: 3/2/2023
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The School of Cinematic Arts offers scholarships and financial aid to help undergraduate and graduate students pay for their cost of education. All applicants are encouraged to apply for SCA scholarships as a part of the Slide Room application for admission. Information provided for the scholarship application has no impact on admission consideration and is reviewed by a separate committee. In [...] More
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