For the third year in a row, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is sponsoring a scholarship to help educate and recruit more women into the field of video game production and design. Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) is an SOE-sponsored program that was created a few years ago to positively impact the way females are depicted in video games and create and influence game content to be appealing to women.
“The past two G.I.R.L. Scholarship recipients were such a valued addition to our team that we are thrilled to offer this program for the third consecutive year,” said Laura Naviaux, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. “Our goal is to continue to encourage and reward women who share our commitment and passion for developing cutting edge online games for all demographic groups.”
One skilled student will win up to $10,000 to be applied toward tuition and other educational expenses at the school at which the student is currently enrolled, and an optional internship of up to 10 weeks at one of Sony Online Entertainment’s studios (room, board, transportation and living expenses not included).To be eligible to participate, entrants 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 2011 spring term and must comply with the program’s official rules. Entrants are required to complete an online application along with an existing piece of art, and if chosen as semifinalists, submit two pieces of concept art and one essay that will be reviewed by a panel of SOE judges.
Online applications must be completed and submitted on or before February 15, 2010. SOE will announce the winner on or about May 20, 2010.You can get more information and apply for the scholarship at either SOE’s or Scholarship America’s website.