AIAS Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much is the scholarship award?

A:  The student scholarship winners will each receive $2,500 while professional scholars will receive a travel stipend to another video games conference. All scholars participate in a year-long mentorship program and are eligible to participate in a professional training and networking opportunity at the 2020 D.I.C.E. Summit and 23rd D.I.C.E. Awards show. 

Q: Can I apply to both the Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont scholarships? 

A:  We suggest focusing on one opportunity and making it a very strong submission. Additionally, the Randy Pausch and Mark Beaumont Scholarships are for two different career paths within the video game industry.  The Randy Pausch Scholarship is for individuals pursuing elements of game development, such as art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.  The Mark Beaumont Scholarship is for individuals that are looking to pursue business roles within the industry including executive leadership, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.  

Applicants that submit identical applications for multiple funds will not be considered.

Q: Can I apply to these scholarships if I do not intend to work in the video game industry but am interested in law, marketing, art or design for other industries? 

A:  Applicants pursuing careers outside of the video games industry will not be considered. 

Q: Can application items be submitted separately? 

A:  Application materials must be submitted electronically through the online application form.  If you have issues with letters of recommendation, please contact

Q: If I apply to more than one scholarship, can I provide one set of transcripts and recommendation letters? 

A: While we discourage you from submitting applications to multiple opportunities, we require full application packages for each program.  This means you must provide a transcript and separate letters of recommendation for each program.  Copies of the same letters of recommendation will not be accepted. 

Q: Can I email my application package? 

A: All scholarship applications must be submitted using the online form. 

Q: Can my cumulative GPA be lower than 3.3 if my GPA within my major is 3.3 or higher? 

A: Your cumulative GPA must be 3.3.  All submissions with a lower GPA will not be considered. 

Q: Who qualifies to submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf? 

A:  Letters of recommendation must come from someone who has served in an academic or professional advisory/supervisorial role.  This means that only letters from professors and supervisors will be accepted.  Letters from colleagues, long-time friends and acquaintances will not be accepted. 

Q: What qualifies as verification of enrollment? 

A: You may submit your schedule print out, a letter from your school’s registrar, or a transcript that shows current enrollment. 

Please email with any additional questions.