SOE have arguably been the most progressive when it comes to promoting women in the game industry. Their program titled Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) was put in place to encourage women to enter the game industry and create videogames that appeal to women gamers. They have now opened up applications for their 2010 G.I.R.L. scholarship program.
One skilled student will win up to $10,000 to be applied toward tuition and other educational expenses at the school at which the student is currently enrolled, and an optional internship of up to 10 weeks at one of Sony Online Entertainment’s studios (room, board, transportation and living expenses not included).
To be eligible to participate, entrants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program related to video games, including video game art, design, animation, production, programming or visual effects, must not graduate before the end of the 2011 spring term and must comply with the program’s official rules. Entrants are required to complete an online application along with an existing piece of art, and if chosen as semifinalists, submit two pieces of concept art and one essay that will be reviewed by a panel of SOE judges. Online applications must be completed and submitted on or before February 15, 2010. SOE will announce the winner on or about May 20, 2010.
For more information about the G.I.R.L. Scholarship program, please visit http://www.station.sony.com/girl/