Esports Scholarship 2019 for International Students [UPDATED]

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Esports Scholarship 2019 for International Students

Esports is growing at an incredible rate at about 41.3% year-over-year, according to a Newzoo report. That growth is transforming the space into a $1.5 billion market by 2020, says Newzoo’s Peter Warman, when about 300 million people will be watching eSports. That’s up from $362 million in 2017.

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With growth rates for eSports so high, it’s likely that professional gaming will eventually overtake some or all of the major professional sports leagues. And that’s probably why colleges and universities are getting into the act.

According to a source from Esports, there are about 81 member institutions in NACE (National Association of Collegiate eSports) and all but two offer institution scholarships. There are also 6 other varsity institutions that also give scholarships.

Schools award scholarships typically just like any other scholarship administered on campus. Scholarships are typically awarded based off of three characteristics; academics, merit, and athletic. Member institutions award eSports scholarships based on a number of different traits including; player skill, academics, ability to communicate, available positions open on the team, etc.

Some of the institutions that offer or are intending to offer the eSports scholarship include:

1ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY | Esports Scholarship 2019

Robert Morris University is the first university to offer scholarships with the addition of eSports to their varsity line up. The scholarships are for players of League of Legends and players will compete for Riot’s North American Collegiate Championship. Qualified gamers can earn up to 50% tuition and 50% room and board.

The RMU eSport program is directed by Kurt Melcher and he can be contacted via email at esport@robertmorris.edu or by phone 312-935-4110

Scholarship worth:

Varies

Scholarship Deadline:

Varies

2The UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT UNION – ESPORTS SCHOLARSHIP 2019

The University of Mount Union has announced the addition of competitive eSports to its student life offerings beginning in the fall of 2019, and the institution will be able to offer scholarships to qualified students.

Mount Union’s eSports program, much like its academics, will be grounded in the liberal arts tradition and focus on the holistic development of its students. Students on the eSports team will be required to hold membership in at least one other campus organization and participate in community service activities.

This rapidly-growing field has become a focal point for institutions and industries across the country, as Forbes projects eSports could be worth nearly $1.65 billion in the next three years. A search is currently underway for a director of eSports and head coach of the team at Mount Union. Applications can be submitted at mountunion.edu/employment.

Games and scholarship criteria will be announced at a later date. More information can be found at mountunion.edu/esports.

Scholarship worth:

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Scholarship Deadline:

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3INDIANA TECH ESPORTS SCHOLARSHIP – ESPORTS SCHOLARSHIP 2019

Indiana Tech has taken its electronic sports initiative to a new level since it launched its varsity eSports program in 2017 and began offering students scholarships to compete in League of Legends and Hearthstone. Twenty-five to 35 scholarships have been made available, and it is possible that more online games will be added in the future.

In ramping up its eSports program, Indiana Tech, a founding member of the Collegiate eSports Association (CISPA), hopes to become a top-tier Division I power. The university will have an opportunity to compete against university programs from Robert Morris, Pikeville, Ohio State, British Columbia, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.

Indiana Tech has been a leader in the eSports environment; it is the first university in Indiana and one of the first universities in the nation to offer gaming scholarships. In addition, the school is creating a new eSports gaming arena on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Tech currently has two CSL club teams that compete in Division II and Division III.

“eSports is becoming one of the fastest-growing collegiate team activities in the nation and we want to develop a highly competitive program that brings quality individuals to our community,” said Dr. Daniel Stoker, Indiana Tech Vice President for Student Affairs.

“Elevating this program to the scholarship level allows us to be on the leading edge of collegiate eSports and engages the students in a productive and meaningful activity beyond recreational play. We are very excited to offer these opportunities as another entry point so that students are able to experience all the wonderful things about our university.”

The schools eSports program will be overseen by eSports coordinator, Kyle Klinker, who can be contacted via email at klklinker@IndianaTech.edu , or by phone 260.422.5561, ext. 2147.

Scholarship worth:

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Scholarship Deadline:

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4MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY – GAMING SCHOLARSHIPS 2019

The eSports club at MaryVille University provides a competitive yet friendly online gaming environment. Players are given the opportunity to sharpen their skills with the help of some of the best players in the country and also receive assistance in preparation for the professional league by the university’s staff. ESports participants are eligible for 2,000 dollars (USD) gaming scholarship.

You can contact the coordinator Jarrett Fleming via email at jfleming@maryville.edu

Scholarship worth:

$2000

Scholarship Deadline:

Varies

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5SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY – ESPORTS SCHOLARSHIP 2019

The Southwest Baptist University eSports Scholarship provides video gaming based on performance or merit ranging from 500 dollars to 10,000 dollars (USD).

Southwest Baptist University is one of the universities selected to offer eSports as a varsity athletics program, with scholarships also available for the gamers. Their League of Legend team practices for about 25 hours a week on the computer and also physically and mentally. The school’s eSports director Chris Allison can be contacted via email at esports@sbuniv.edu and by phone 417-328-1744

Scholarship worth:

$10,000

Scholarship Deadline:

Varies

6STEPHENS COLLEGE | Scholarships For Esports

The Stephens College eSports scholarship is for women. Stephens College is a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) and it is also the first varsity collegiate all women’s eSports team and scholarships. Further inquiries can be made at inquiry@stephens.edu or 573-876-7207

Scholarship worth:

Varies

Scholarship Deadline:

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7UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA | Scholarships For Esports

The University of California offers the Irvine eSports Scholarship. It recruits some of the best gamers in the world and offers scholarship to participate in the “Eater Nation” competition. This is in a bid to facilitate students’ engagement in various aspects of the gaming world such as graphic design, video production, game development and so on. The director, Mark Deppe can be contacted at esports@uci.edu

Scholarship worth:

Varies

Scholarship Deadline:

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8The UNIVERSITY OF UTAH | Esports Scholarship 2019 For International Students

The University of Utah offers the League of Legends scholarship. It sponsors a varsity eSports program with a player who competes in the League of Legends Collegiate League. Students who participate would receive partial scholarships as one of the aims is to grow the program to a point where participants of about 35 students can receive a full scholarship. To participate you have to contact the Scholarship Committee at the school premises.

Scholarship worth:

Varies

Scholarship Deadline:

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Other schools involved in the eSports Scholarship program are

  • University of Pikeville (UPIKE)
  • Columbia College, USA
  • Garnes Vidaregaande Skule, Norway
  • Arlanda Gymnasiet School, Sweden
  • William Morris Endeavor-International Management Group (WWE-IMG)

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