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Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) scholarship
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Tue Mar 01 2011, 07:44pm
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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today it is now accepting applications for the fourth annual Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) scholarship at website. The winning student will be awarded up to $10,000 toward tuition and other educational expenses and a paid internship of up to 10 weeks at one of SOE’s development studios (room, board, transportation and living expenses not included).

“The most recent industry studies show that although a large percentage of the game playing population is female, they make up only about one in every 10 game developers,” said Laura Naviaux, vice president of global sales and marketing at SOE. “For the fourth year in a row, SOE is committed to encouraging women to pursue an exciting and rewarding career of developing fun and innovative games for everyone.”

Together with Scholarship America, a leading non-profit educational support program, SOE is using its status as a leader in online gaming to encourage students to consider a career in the video game industry.

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 2012 spring term and must comply with the program’s official rules. Entrants are required to complete an online application along with two pieces of original concept art and one essay that will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Online applications must be completed and submitted on or before April 6, 2011. SOE will announce the winner on or about May 16, 2011.

More information on G.I.R.L, including the official rules for entry and profiles of past winners, is available at website.
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Sun Jun 26 2011, 11:17am
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Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that Alicia Crawford of La Quinta, Calif. has been named the winner of the 2011 Gamers in Real Life (G.I.R.L.) Scholarship. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship aims to inspire more women to get involved in all aspects of video game development and encourage students to pursue careers in the creative and applied arts.

Crawford, a game art and design student at the Inland Empire's Art Institute of California, was awarded the $10,000 scholarship to use toward her tuition and other educational expenses. She has also accepted a 10-week paid internship at SOE's headquarters in San Diego where she will work on one of the company's many hit titles.

"It's such an honor to be recognized for my work by a major video game publisher and I'm extremely thankful to SOE for this opportunity," said Crawford."Winning the G.I.R.L. scholarship fuels my desire to work in the gaming industry and my existing passion for video games."

As part of the competition, finalists were asked to submit two pieces of original concept art inspired by either Free Realms ® or EverQuest ® II, and an essay discussing their views on women in the gaming industry to a panel of judges.

"Supporting the education and careers of young artists drives our ever-evolving industry forward by adding fresh perspectives and new innovative ideas that help shape the future of games as we know them," said Laura Naviaux, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "Once again, we've selected an individual we are extremely proud to have represent our G.I.R.L. scholarship program and hope that talented young women, such as Alicia, continue to embrace and pursue the creative opportunities available inthe gaming industry."

For more information about G.I.R.L., please visit girl.soe.com. To follow G.I.R.L. on Twitter, go to website or to join G.I.R.L. on Facebook, go to website.

To view Alicia Crawford's winning artwork please visit: website.
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