By Sam Coren
Good news for those of you girls who dream of making games some day. Sony Online Entertainment, the makers of online games including EverQuest and DC Universe Online, offers a scholarship which aims to bring more females into video game development. The Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) scholarship, now in its 4th year, awards the winning student $10,000 toward tuition and other education expenses.
To make this scholarship opportunity even more lucrative, the winner will also receive a paid internship of up to 10 weeks with one of SOE’s development studios. Room, board, transportation and living expenses are not included.
“The most recent industry studies show that although a large percentage of the game playing population is female, they make up only about one in every 10 game developers,” said Laura Naviaux, VP of global sales and marketing at SOE. The G.I.R.L. scholarship comes from a partnership between SOE and non-profit educational program.
How to Apply
Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program related to video games, including video game art, design, animation, production, programming or visual effects, must not graduate before the end of the 2012 spring term.
Entrants are required to complete an online application along with two pieces of original concept art and one essay that will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Visit www.scholarshipamerica.org/gamersinreallife/ to apply.
Online applications must be completed and submitted on or before April 6, 2011. SOE will announce the winner on or about May 16, 2011.
Photo: Valentin Ottone