The DICE Summit organizers and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences have awarded $2,500 to eleven different women as part of their new WomenIn Scholarship Program. These women were granted the scholarship to help them out with the cost of schooling as they pursue a career in the games industry.
The point of the WomenIn Scholarship Fund is to support the inclusion of more women in the interactive entertainment industry. All eleven of the scholarship winners will be paired with an experienced industry mentor, and the women will also get to attend the upcoming DICE Summit.
The applicants had to be enrolled in a college or university, and while they did not have to have a specific major to apply, applicants needed to have the intention of entering the games field once they graduated. The women were evaluated based on their desire to create change within the gaming industry, their financial need, their GPA and their letters of recommendation.
The eleven winners are:
- Sydney Adams (Stony Brook University, Major: English)
- Stephanie Chen (Columbia University, Major: Computer Science)
- Martha Monica (University of Southern California, Major: Computer Science (Game Development))
- Sarah Belhumeur (Maine College of Art, Major: Digital Media)
- Franzi Wischmann (University of Utah, Major: Film and Media Arts)
- Sydnie Ritchie (Brigham Young University, Major: Entertainment Arts and Engineering)
- Maya DeJesus (Bloomfield College, Major: Creative Arts and Technology (Game Development))
- Allison Cole (New York University, Major: Game Design)
- Jing Shu (Carnegie Mellon University, Major: Entertainment Technology)
- Ciarra Matthews (University of California, Davis, Major: Design)
- Rachel Hwang (University of Pennsylvania, Major: Computer Graphics and Game Technology)
You can find more information about the WomenIn Scholarship and their mentoring program here.