Congratulations to the 2021 AIAS Foundation Scholars

2021 AIAS Foundation Scholars Announced 

The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), is pleased to award eleven scholarships to outstanding students and early professionals who are dedicating their careers to the advancement of the video game industry. The scholarship winners will each receive $2,500 or a travel stipend to a video games conference, participate in a mentorship program, and are eligible to participate in a professional training and networking opportunity at the 2022 D.I.C.E. Summit and 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards show. 

2021 AIAS Foundation Scholars 

The AIAS Foundation Scholarships were established to support aspiring students and early professionals who are pursuing video game industry careers in development or leadership roles. This year’s scholars include:

  • Steven Atha, University of Southern California’s Interactive Media and Game Division
  • Anran Gong, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center
  • Jessica Jung, Assistant Producer at Hangar 13 Games
  • Jingyu Zhuang, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center  

The WomenIn Scholarships, supported by Intel, are a collaborative effort to attract, retain and advance women in the interactive entertainment industry by supporting their education and professional development. This initiative provides support to female students and early career gaming professionals through its mentoring program, education, and scholarships. This year’s scholars include: 

  • Ah Young Joo, University of Southern California’s Interactive Media and Game Division
  • Rachel Li, Independent Game Designer
  • Kat Night, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Faith Ong, Art Center College of Design
  • Anjali Shah, Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center 
  • Vanessa Torres, Gnomon - School of VFX, Games & Animation

The Girls in Gaming Scholarship honors individuals who help empower and educate girls and young women on the various roles within the gaming industry with the purpose of driving and normalizing gender diversity within gaming. This year’s scholar includes:

  • Isabel Wong, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Global Studies 

Submissions for the next academic year will open in March 2022 and close May 31, 2022. 

Interesting in being an AIAS Foundation mentor? Apply here.

You can donate to the AIAS Foundation here.