The Entertainment Software Association Foundation awarded 30 scholarships to women and minority students pursuing video game-related degrees, according to a press release from the ESAF.
"By providing access to critical education and technical skills, the scholarship program helps to cultivate young, ambitious game developers and future leaders of our industry," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA. "These scholarship recipients represent the next generation of innovative thinkers, who will create games and technologies that will drive our industry’s continued growth and success."
Students will receive $3,000 to use for "degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts," according to the scholarship's website. This year's recipients represent many facets of game development, including graphic design, computer science, animation, programming, digital entertainment, and software engineering. According to the ESAF, 381 institutions offer video game related degrees.
Established in 2000 by members of the Entertainment Software Association, which serves the "business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet," the ESAF is supported by an annual fundraiser and sales of limited edition game packs.