Sony Kicks Off Video Game Scholarship for Girls

In an effort to recruit more young women into the field of video game design and production, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) has announced that applications are now being accepted for its third annual G.I.R.L. (Gamers in Real Life) Scholarship.

The scholarship provides the winner up to $10,000 toward tuition and other educational expenses at an accredited school of higher learning, and she will have the option of completing a 10-week internship at one of SOE's studios. Applicants must be female, currently enrolled, must not be expected to be graduated prior to spring 2011, and must be have a declared major in a field related to video game production. Approved majors include video game art, design, animation, production, programming, or visual effects.

"Our goal is to continue to encourage and reward women who share our commitment and passion for developing cutting edge online games for all demographic groups," said Laura Naviaux, SOE vice president of global sales and marketing.

Online applications are due Feb. 15, and the winner will be announced in May. More details about the scholarship, including rules for applying and required submissions, can be found at the SOE Web site.

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