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DICE organizers hand out first ‘WomenIn’ scholarships

Each receives $2,500

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The organizers of the annual DICE Summit today announced the first eleven women to receive scholarship money as part of the new WomenIn Program.

Each of the 11 students named by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences’ AIAS Foundation were awarded $2,500 to advance their academic career. The women will also each be paired with an experienced industry mentor and invited to next year’s DICE Summit.

The scholarships were established earlier this year following the kick-off of the WomenIn program at this year’s DICE Summit in February. The nominees were evaluated based on their GPA, financial needs, letters of recommendation and “willingness to create change for the games industry.”

The winners are:

  • Sydney Adams, studying English at Stony Brook University
  • Stephanie Chen, studying Computer Science at Columbia University
  • Martha Monica, studying Computer Science (Game Development) at University of Southern California
  • Sarah Belhumeur, studying Digital Media at Maine College of Art
  • Franzi Wischmann, studying Film and Media Arts at University of Utah
  • Sydnie Ritchie, studying Entertainment Arts and Engineering at the University of Utah.
  • Maya DeJesus, studying Creative Arts and Technology (Game Development) at Bloomfield College
  • Allison Cole, studying Game Design at New York University
  • Jing Shu, studying Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ciarra Matthews, studying Design at University of California, Davis
  • Rachel Hwang, studying Computer Graphics and Game Technology at the University of Pennsylvania

Applicants can find the submission form to apply for next year’s scholarship right here.

Correction: This story initially listed the wrong university for Sydnie Ritchie. We regret the error.

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