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Shoryuken awards over $20,000 for first-ever Evo College Scholarship

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The first-ever Evo College Scholarship will hand out more than $20,000 in grants to three students, fighting game community site Shoryuken announced today.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas freshman Dillon Jay Hageman and Stanford University graduate student Andrew Dotey Jr. will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, while Ringling College of Art and Design junior Christina Auo will receive a $500 creative grant.

Hageman plans to get an engineering or computer science degree to further his aspirations of becoming a game designer. Dotey is working on a master's degree in computer science, and Auo is majoring in game art and design.

Shoryuken announced the scholarship in June, with an initial plan to give out $10,000 to a college student pursuing a degree in the fields of game development, game design or computer science.. The scholarship would be financed with revenue from the pay-for-view high-definition stream of the Evo 2012 fighting game tournament, and if those funds did not cover the cost, the site's president and co-founder, Tom Cannon, personally guaranteed the scholarship. Revenue from the stream and from sponsors allowed the site to double the awards.

The Evo College Scholarship will be awarded annually.

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