Aspiring esports professionals in the Philippines now have a chance to join the inaugural batch of esports scholars, as applications to the first-ever scholarship program of its kind in the country officially opened on Thursday (24 December).
The esports scholarship program, called the Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Fund, is the fruit of a partnership between Philippine telecommunications company, Globe Telecom, and AcadArena, the country’s leading collegiate esports program.
The GAMES Fund, which was first announced by AcadArena back in September, is only open to applicants from accredited student organizations under the AcadArena Alliance program.
Twenty-nine universities and academic institutions from across the Philippines passed accreditation into the Alliance program, including top universities such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and the University of Santo Tomas.
For the full list of universities and academic institutions accredited by the Alliance program, check here.
The GAMES Fund can award scholars either half or full coverage of their tuition fees, or a monthly stipend in the case of scholars from state universities, depending on their academic performance and contributions to their respective campus esports organisations.
The only applicants who can avail of the GAMES Fund are those from the seven three-star member organisations of the Alliance program.
In addition to the GAMES Fund, AcadArena will also be accepting applicants for the Family Good Game Grant from any of the accredited universities and academic institutions under the Alliance program.
Four applicants will be selected. The top applicant will receive a grant of PHP50,000 (or around US$1,000), while the remaining three each receive grants of PHP25,000 (or around US$500).
“We’re excited to bring the GAMES Fund to life to support student-gamers excelling both in and out of play. We have a lot of plans on how we can improve this more with Globe and our tried and tested campus esports ecosystem in AcadArena. This is just the start,” AcadArena Co-Founder and Director of Student Programs, Ariane Lim, said in a statement.
“This program is our way of giving back to the student-gamers that have been so passionate about the local gaming space for so long now. We hope that this will empower them to chase their dreams, regardless of whatever they may be,” said Globe’s Gaming and Esports Lead Dennis Christian Dominguez.
Interested applicants can apply here, with entries being accepted until 24 January 2021. The awardees and grantees will be announced in February.
AcadArena will also be opening up its Alliance program to more universities and academic institutions in 2021. Applications for accreditation are currently open until 30 January.
Founded in 2019 by esports industry veterans in the Philippines, AcadArena regularly holds community and educational programs that engage over 250 schools in the country each year.
Through its Alliance program, AcadArena has aimed to seed esports organisations in universities and academic institutions across the Philippines and give them exclusive access to educational and competitive content, as well as prizing, cash grants, and incentives to fund their projects.
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