This generous gift from Bethesda will help the ESA Foundation to continue providing scholarships for students following their dream of earning a computer science or video game arts-related degree.

Together, we can empower the next generation of video game developers.

Thank you, Bethesda!

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We’re Building a Pipeline of Future Video Game Professionals

Announcing the 2018-19 Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship Program

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To inspire and motivate future visionaries in the video game industry and encourage diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), the ESA Foundation established a scholarship fund to support women and minority students across the US. This program has awarded nearly $1 million dollars in scholarships over the last decade, to empower promising candidates to follow their dream of earning a computer science or video game arts-related degree.

Interested in Applying?

Applications for the 2018-19 program are open from February 1-April 26, 2018.

How To Apply

About The ESA Foundation

More than 15 years ago, the video game industry’s pioneers had a vision. They wanted to prove that the interactive technologies at the center of their work have the power to solve social and global issues. From their vision, the ESA Foundation was born.

Since then, the ESA Foundation has supported students, schools and charities that are improving the lives of kids and expanding their horizons by harnessing the unique power of interactive software.

A significant focus of the ESA Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarships to aspiring game developers, encourage inclusivity and gender balance in STEAM, and activate organizations to use video games to create meaningful opportunities of America’s youth.

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In Their Own Words

ESA Foundation Scholarship Recipients Share Their Experiences

See The Quotes

"Playing games shows me the world beyond me. With ESA Foundation’s scholarship, I will be honored to one day create these worlds for others."

— Selena Eng

Animation & Digital Arts, DigiPen Institute of Technology

ESA Foundation Scholar

"I didn’t know video game design was a career until I had to write a paper in sixth grade about my dream job. No other job stood out except making video games, but I wasn’t sure how to make that happen until my mom found ESA Foundation’s scholarship."

— Warren Lindsey

Interactive Design & Game Development, Savannah College of Art and Design

ESA Foundation Scholar

"The ESA Foundation scholarship allowed me financial freedom and helped me turn my dream of working at an AAA studio and owning my own studio a reality."

— Liz Fiacco

Animation & Game Design, Chapman University

ESA Foundation Scholar

Meet the 2017-2018 Scholars

This year, the ESA Foundation gave 35 students scholarships to pursue degrees like video game art and design, computer animation, and virtual technology.

Click on the scholars' images below to learn more about their passion for video games. You could be next!


Nite to Unite (NTU) is an annual gala to raise funds for the ESA Foundation and celebrate the many ways video games drive positive change in our society and transform kids’ lives.

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Want to learn more? Hear from a few of the scholarship recipients about their unique backgrounds, their experiences with the scholarship program, and how it helped them achieve internships and careers!

Warren Lindsey
Teresa Ibarra