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Video Game Scholarships

April 17, 2011 5:35 pm
posted by Carlo Evanson

Video Game ScholarshipsThink about being able to play your way through college with video games. Sounds like a dream come true, right? There are video game scholarships available for those who qualify. College can cost upwards of $10,000 per year, and that’s not including room and board and books. The more scholarships you can qualify for, the more of college you’ll pay for. What is the alternative? Years of debt as you pay back student loans.

There are two kinds of scholarships available for video game lovers. Those that enjoy playing video games may be able to compete in different gaming competitions across the US in order to win a scholarship for whatever degree they may want to pursue. Then there are video game scholarships who want to pursue a degree in game design and technology.

Women who are planning to pursue such a degree have a wide variety of scholarships because there are so few women currently in the field. Microsoft offers scholarship where they can attend annual gaming conferences. There is also the Game Industry Scholarship for women, which can be applied for at womengamers.com. These scholarships typically are under $1000, which can make a significant impact on college costs.

The IGDA or International Game Developers Association offers scholarships for those who plan on attending the annual conference. They must be a student member of the IGDA to qualify and the scholarship amount is typically

The University of Advancing Technology offers multiple scholarships for students who have high GPAs, who can show original ideas and who have shown community service. You may be able to qualify for all or a few of these, so checking the details are important. The scholarship money awarded ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand.

Scholargamers.com offers a variety of games that you can play and high scores have the potential of winning scholarships. You choose the game from a variety of them, so if you’re really good at online games, this may be what you’re looking for.

All of the scholarships require certain criteria to be met. Some are need based and others are merit based. No matter what, there will be competition for each scholarship, so meet deadlines, read the requirements and start applying.

Gaming is a great way to turn a hobby into a career. Checking with local video game stores is a great way to find out about new scholarships that haven’t made it out to the public yet. They’ll also be able to tell about different competitions locally and nationally. Design a winning video game during these competitions and you could win a full ride. The more scholarships you apply for, the higher the chance you’ve got of being awarded scholarship money. This will then pay for your college to avoid years of debt!

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