Sony Online Entertainment recently announced its Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) scholarship, which is open to any female attending one of the nation's more than 40 Art Institutes and interested in the gaming industry career.
"It's no secret to female gamers: women are out there in significant numbers playing MMOs, action games, first-person shooters, etc.," said SOE Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Torrie Dorrell. "What is lacking in the equation are women behind these games, and we hope G.I.R.L. can help support this program."
Of course, the catch is that if you count up all the females attending one of the nation's more than 40 Art Institutes and interested in the gaming industry career you get about four girls.
If you subtract the lesbians, you get two girls.
So nerds of America, meet Rebecca.
Rebecca, meet the nerds of America.
FYI, the application period for the $10,000 scholarship will begin April 1, and students will need to supply an in-game design, concept art and two essays to be eligible. The winner puts the money towards her education at the Art Institute but will also receive a ten-week, paid internship at one of the SOE studios.
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