The American Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation has announced a new scholarship program for the 2020-2021 academic year, offering the first eSports scholarship to female and minority students, according to slashGear, amedia outlet. The scholarship will be offered to eligible undergraduates attending undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States.
The ESA Foundation’s scholarships will help boost female and minority students, who are currently receiving only a fraction of the roughly $16 million in eSports scholarships established since 2016. The scholarship is designed to provide “academic support” to those who can now receive scholarships.
According to the ESA Foundation, applicants must submit their application for the 2020-2021 scholarship by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 2. The foundation will notify recipients of the results in mid-June and will award scholarships to selected students by August this year.
The scholarship was established in conjunction with the Foundation’s existing computer and video game art scholarships, which were established in 2007 to help college students pursue degree careers related to video games. According to ESA, eligible students can apply for the Gay Gaming Professionals scholarship at the same time due to their partnership. Both scholarships are available for the 2020-2021 academic year. The new program further emphasizes that eSports is a legitimate and evolving area.