IGDA to Award 25 Student GDC Scholarships!

The IGDA will be awarding 25 scholarships for this years Game Developers Conference. GDC is where game development professionals gather to share ideas and build the skills that the industry needs. Located in San Francisco, California, this year’s GDC will be held February 28th – March 4th 2011.

Qualifications & Scholarship Details

* Scholarship applications must be submitted on or before Thursday, January 6th, 2011.
* Only full-time university (or similar) students are eligible, and must be 18 years of age or older as of February 28th, 2011.
* Applicant must be an IGDA Student Member in good standing. If you are not currently a Student Member, you must join the IGDA before applying for the scholarship. All applications will be verified.
* Past scholarship recipients are not eligible.
* Recipients will be awarded one All Access Pass, with access to all sessions, roundtables, and keynotes.
* Students are responsible for all travel arrangements and related costs.
* Scholarship applications will be judged by a panel of professional game developers.
* Each scholarship recipient will be paired with an industry mentor.
* Scholarship recipients will participate in a local studio visit and orientation session.
* Recipients will be announced before January 24th, 2011 (the early rate pricing deadline).

Judging Criteria

To help students hone their applications and to better understand what the judges are looking for, here’s the basic criteria that judges will use to rate applicants:

1. Relevance – Will attending GDC help the student achieve his or her specific educational and/or career goals?
2. Initiative – Has the student demonstrated continued dedication to game development and effort to educate themselves?
3. Engagement – Has the student demonstrated a breadth of activity and volunteerism within their community?
4. Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?

“I highly recommend that anyone who is working towards breaking into the game industry attempt to attend as many GDCs as possible – the networking alone is worth the trip, and the diversity of sessions will keep all flavors of game developer interested well past the conference’s end date.” – Matthew Raymond Billock, 2006 Scholarship Recipient

A special thank you goes out to UBM Techweb for making these scholarships possible by contributing 25 GDC Mega passes to the IGDA!

Tom Buscaglia
Chair, IGDA Foundation

Posted in Foundation News.

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