AIAS Foundation Video Game Scholarships: Submissions Now Open for 2017-2018 Academic Year!


Are you aspiring to a career in video games? The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, has just opened submissions for all three of its annual scholarship programs. Students pursuing a dream career in the gaming industry, whether their talent lies in game design, production, or business, should read on. 


These scholarships support aspiring game makers in undergraduate or graduate level programs who are planning on a career in development or leadership. Included in their scholarship is a chance to participate in a yearlong mentorship program that will span touch points at the D.I.C.E. Summit, GDC, and E3:


  • The Randy Pausch Scholarship, which awards multiple $2,500 scholarships, was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. The Pausch Scholarships support students pursuing careers in the development of interactive entertainment, including art, animation, programming, engineering, game design, sound design, and music composition.
  • The Mark Beaumont Scholarship, which awards multiple $2,500 scholarships, was established in 2010 to honor the memory of the previous COO of Capcom North America and Europe, Mark Beaumont. The Beaumont Scholarships support students pursuing careers specializing in the business of interactive entertainment, including management, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.
  • The WomenIn Scholarship, which awards multiple $2,500 scholarships, seeks to support inclusion of more women in the interactive entertainment industry.  This scholarship supports women-identifying students pursuing game development or the business of interactive entertainment.

Last year's honored recipients included seventeen promising students from a range of disciplines and schools. Visit this page for additional details on these winners.


Ready to prove you have what it takes? To qualify, applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.3 and be a full-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Application forms, plus more information about the scholarships and their respective qualifications, can be found on the official AIAS Foundation website


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