Today the AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences) announced that they are currently accepting applications for their 2014-15 academic scholarship. The program, headed by the AIAS foundation’s philanthropic branch assists young college students in their education towards careers in the video game industry.
In the press release, president of the AIAS Foundation and CEO of Daglow Entertainment, Don Daglow said, “The Academy Foundation Scholarships encourage the most gifted and committed students planning careers in interactive entertainment, and represent a central pillar of our mission.”
“The future of our industry will be created by the students of today, and it is only through the development of new professionals that we can influence that future.”
“We are proud to offer scholarships named for industry icons Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont to help future leaders gain critical training and experiences upon which to build their careers,” continued Daglow.
AIAS offers two distinct scholarships in the memory of Dr. Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont. Pausch was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founded the school’s Entertainment Technology Center. He’s also renowned for his ‘Last Lecture’ speech and book revered by millions. Game developer and publishing veteran, Mark Beaumont served as the COO of Capcom for the North America and Europe divisions.
Each scholarship varies in its students requirements. The Pausch scholarship is available to students studying to become game developers with specialties in art, animation and programming while the Beaumont scholarship is reserved for students that want to enter into the business side of the gaming industry with classes in law, marketing and PR.
The foundation is giving away four $2,500 scholarships in gaming, awarding two lucky students with a Pausch and two with a Beaumont scholarship. Students will also receive a pass to the networking conference for gaming professionals known as the DICE Summit, held in Las Vegas.
In order to qualify for the program applicants have to be a full-time U.S. college student with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The application deadline is June 30.
If you’re interested in learning more about the program or applying visit the AIAS website.