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Applications for E3 2015 Have Closed

Applications for E3 2015 are officially closed, and we would like to take this time to thank everyone who took the time to either apply or spread the word about the opportunity! Social media, universities, word-of-mouth, and industry partners help us not only keep this program going, but help make it even better every year. We anticipate notifying all applicants whether they have been awarded or declined a scholarship by mid-April. We are excited to read your applications and see what the best and brightest students in games are doing right now!

Good luck to everyone who applied, and remember this is not the only opportunity remaining this year! Applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom scholarships are still open and will be available until 5 May 2015.

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Europe & Gamescom Scholarship!

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The IGDA Scholars at GDC

The scholars had a great time at GDC in San Francisco last week. Check out our storify of their adventures below! If you are a student, you can still apply for scholarships to E3 Expo in June! Applications to be an IGDA Scholar at E3 are due in two weeks on 24th March.

Click here to Apply Now for a Scholarship to E3!

Click here to Apply Now for a Scholarship to E3!

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Applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015 are now open!

The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarships Committee are delighted to announce that the 2015 IGDA Scholarships Program is accepting applications for GDC Europe & Gamescom 2015 through 5 May 2015. The program is open to all undergrad and graduate students, as well as those who have graduated up to six months before the conference, in fields relating to game development. To apply, please see http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply/ for rules and the application form.

Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unmatched experience with a pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours.

GDC Europe will take place 3-4 August and Gamescom from 5-9 August, 2015. The events are colocated at the Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Together, they are the largest games industry professional conference and trade show in Europe.

We are excited to have GDC Europe & Gamescom be a part of our 2015 schedule. Learn more about the program, its history and how to apply at http://scholars.igda.org. Please help us continue to spread the word about this excellent opportunity for students around the world.

Click here to Apply Now for a GDC Europe & Gamescom Scholarship!

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Thank You to Our GDC Sponsors!

GDCLogoGDC is just around the corner and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and partners for GDC.  This opportunity would not be possible for our scholars without the time contributed by our volunteers, the donations from our sponsors, and the events hosted by our partners. We would like to thank our mentors, judges, educators, and industry veterans who each year help spread the word about our now 14-year-old program which enables deserving talent to attend GDC on an experience known to kickstart careers.

We would like to thank our continual partner UBM for supporting our program at GDC this year. Additionally, we would like to thank Double Fine Productions, makers of games such as Grim Fandango and Broken Age. We are appreciative to Epic Games creators of the Unreal Engine and Zynga creator of games such as FarmVille 2, NFL Showdown, and Solstice Arena. We would also like to thank the Intel Diversity Initiative for their generosity in helping our scholarship recipients to attend GDC and Disqus for their support in this year’s program.

Last but not least, we’d like to thank the IGDA Foundation. We have many donors who help our program and the IGDA by contributing directly to the IGDA Foundation. You too can become a sponsor for the IGDA Scholarship program! Our GDC partners participate in our program in multiple ways – some provide students opportunities to meet developers in person, others through financial sponsorship, and some through in-kind donations. If you would like to be involved in our program by making our experience the best possible for the industry’s brightest students please visit http://foundation.igda.org for more information.

Follow  @IGDAFoundation on Twitter to hear more about all scholarship opportunities with the IGDA Foundation! 

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Applications for E3 2015 are now open!

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We are pleased to announce that IGDA Scholarship Applications are now open for the 2015 E3 Expo! The program is open to all undergrad and graduate students, as well as those who have graduated up to six months before the Expo, in fields relating to game development. Applications must be submitted by 24 March 2015; please see http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply/ for rules and the application form. Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an unmatched E3 experience with a pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours.

The E3 Expo takes place 16-18 June 2015 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, USA. E3 is the world’s premier trade show drawing tens of thousands ofprofessionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet. The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarships Committee are delighted to have the E3 Expo be a part of this year’s exciting schedule. Learn more about the program, its history and how to apply at http://scholars.igda.org. Please help us continue to spread the word about this excellent opportunity for students around the world.

Click here to Apply Now for an E3 Scholarship!

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Congratulations to our 2015 GDC Scholars!

Please welcome the 2015 Game Developers Conference Scholars! As always, it is difficult for our judges to choose only 18 students out of the hundreds of applications we receive every year. The Scholarship recipients are:

Renee Blair (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
Meagan Budgell (Toronto Film School at RCC Institute of Technology, Canada)
David Churchill (University of Alberta, Canada)
James Cox (University of Southern California, USA)
Shalane Dixon (University of Utah, USA)
Luis Wong (ENJMIN, France)
JenJen Francis (University of Utah, USA)
Nicholas Heindl (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Linda Huunonen (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)
Ryan Leslie (Champlain College, USA)
Stacey Mason (UC Santa Cruz, USA)
Naeem Moosajee (University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada)
Amanda Ochsner (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Rhys Romero (Austin Community College, USA)
Raine Scott (SUNY – Buffalo State, USA)
Simon Wallner (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Brady Welch (Arizona State University, USA)

In addition, this year’s Eric Dybsand Memorial AI Scholar (awarded by the IGDA Foundation) is John Edward Armstrong (University of Bergen, Norway)!

Congratulations all! Each winner will receive an all access pass courtesy of UBM, studio tours, an industry mentor, and the chance to sit in on exclusive Q&A sessions with industry legends. This year thanks to the IGDA Foundation’s partnership with the Intel Diversity Initiative our scholars will also have a travel stipend to help them offset the cost of this once in a lifetime experience.

If you were unable to take advantage of this opportunity or are interested in our IGDA scholarships, please stay tuned – we will be announcing the opening of applications to E3 by end of January.

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Are you ready for Train Jam?

train-jam-studentsIf you don’t know about it, Train Jam is one of the most exciting opportunities for indie developers traveling to GDC. Train Jam returns February 26 – 28, 2015. Students and developers traveling to GDC are participating in a 52 hour Game Jam, on a train as it travels from Chicago to San Francisco.

Train Jam was organized in 2014 by independent game developer, Adriel Wallick. In 2014, this event had more than 60 participants and two film crews filming its inaugural voyage. Over 18 games were created which can be viewed on the Train Jam website: http://www.trainjam.com .

For Train Jam’s second year, follow the twitter accounts for both Adriel – @msminotaur  and Train Jam – @indietrainjam for updates from this unique event. There is very limited space and sleeper cars are already sold out, however, you can still get on the waitlist if you act now. Make sure to revisit their Twitter during February as they update on their exciting jam. GDC attendees will be able to play the games made during Train Jam at their official GDC booth so be sure to check them out.

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