February 22, 2024

ESA scholarship encourages and supports those who aspire to careers in the video game industry, whether it’s playing or helping to create games. They also know that a college education is expensive and that the industry is continually seeking ways to increase its diversity.

ESA Scholarship

Twenty-one years ago, the U.S. video game industry established the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation.

Since its founding, the ESA Foundation has demonstrated the industry’s commitment to improving lives and expanding the horizons of underrepresented young people by operating programs enabling students, schools, and nonprofits to harness the power of interactive technologies.

About the ESA Scholarship

The ESA Foundation is excited to offer three collegiate scholarships to students and hopes it will expand the video game industry through play, design, creation, and innovation.

To date, the Foundation’s scholarship program has helped over 400 women, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming and minority students across the U.S. follow their dreams of earning video game-related degrees or participating in collegiate esports.

Check out the three scholarships that offer opportunities for everyone below. Just take a look!

1. The ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts and Sciences Scholarship

Established in 2007, the ESA Foundation’s Computer and Video Game Arts and Sciences Scholarship has been awarded to nearly 400 women and minority students across the country, enabling them to follow their dream of earning video game-related degrees.

Aside from providing students with much-needed funding, the scholarship offers non-monetary opportunities, including networking and mentoring sessions and access to major industry events, like the Game Developers Conference and E3.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants Must be:

1. Woman or minority

2. Pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences

3. Current high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior

4. Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in Fall 2021

5. U.S. citizen

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-22 scholarship cycle are closed!

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2. The ESA Foundation LGBTQ+ Service Scholarship Co-Awarded by Gay Gaming Professionals

For students pursuing video game art degrees, collegiate esports, or content creation while actively supporting their LGBTQ+ communities.

Debuted in 2019, the scholarship co-awarded by Gay Gaming Professionals recognizes students who show a commitment to service in their local, regional, and/or national LGBTQ+ communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must Be:

1. Woman, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming; LGBTQ+; OR racial/ethnic minority

2. Actively performing service or volunteer work for an LGBTQ+ community

3. Pursuing a degree leading to a career in video game arts and sciences, competing on or managing your college esports team/club, or pursuing streaming content creation

4. Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2022

5. U.S. citizen

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3. The ESA Foundation Esports Scholarship

As part of its 2020-21 scholarship program, the ESA Foundation introduced its first-ever esports scholarship, offering academic support for underrepresented students competitively gaming through their U.S. colleges and universities.

For students who play esports on a collegiate team and are pursuing a four-year, academic degree.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

Applicants Must be:

1. Women or minorities currently

2. Competing on your college esports team/club or confirmed to compete at the collegiate level in Fall 2024

3. Current high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior

4. Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in Fall 2024

5. U.S. citizen

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023-24 scholarship cycle are closed!

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Selection Criteria

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts and Sciences Scholarship

  • Women, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming, and/or racial/ethnic minority
  • Pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences
  • Current high school senior, college freshman, sophomore, or junior
  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2024
  • S. citizen

ESA Foundation Esports Scholarship

  • Women, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming, and/or racial/ethnic minorities currently
  • Competing on or managing your college esports team/club or confirmed to compete at the collegiate level in fall 2024
  • Current high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2024
  • U.S. citizen

ESA Foundation LGBTQ+ Service Scholarship co-awarded by Gay Gaming Professionals

  • Women, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming, and/or racial/ethnic minority
  • Actively performing service or volunteer work for an LGBTQ+ community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Pursuing a degree leading to a career in video game arts and sciences, competing on or managing your college esports team/club, or pursuing content creation
  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited four-year college or university in fall 2024
  • U.S. citizen

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