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Scholarship opportunity for women in video game production

on Wednesday,March 25,2009 20:03

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In an effort to remedy the shortage of women in the field of video game production and design, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is offering a scholarship to help educate and recruit them.

The 2009 G.I.R.L. Scholarship is administered by Scholarship America and will provide up to $10,000 toward tuition and other educational expenses.

"There are a significant number of women who are gamers, but not enough working in the video game field," says Torrie Dorrell, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing at SOE.

"With the application process starting today, we''re taking a concrete step toward opening the door a little wider for women who want to go into game development," she adds.

The scholarship package also includes an optional paid internship of up to 10 weeks at Sony Online Entertainment''s headquarters in San Diego to work on the upcoming online video game Free Realms.

Eligible students must be enrolled in an undergraduate program related to video games and must not graduate before the end of the 2010.

Candidates are required to complete an online application, and if chosen as finalists, submit concept art and two essays that will be reviewed by a panel of judges from SOE.

Online applications must be completed and submitted before April 24 and SOE must receive the concept art and essays by June 12.

The winners will be announced in mid-July.
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