SARNIA, February 15, 2023 – New funding from the Ontario Government will provide thousands in scholarships for students enrolled in Lambton College’s Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program.
The Ontario eSports Scholarship was launched this year by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities Student Financial Assistance Branch. The newly created scholarship will offer financial assistance to high-achieving students with financial need enrolled in programs related to the video-gaming industry that may lead to a career in the video-gaming or esports fields
As a participating institution, Lambton College will be receiving $50,000 over two years from the Ontario Government to provide esports scholarships for domestic students.
Program Coordinator, Matthew Hutchinson says the scholarships will be awarded by March 31 to students who recorded a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their fall semester. As part of the application process, students will be required to demonstrate financial need and complete an essay.
“It’s great to see the provincial government recognize the growing demand for professionals in the gaming industry and put funding in place to help our students pursue careers related to esports,” says Hutchinson. “As the esports industry continues to expand, it brings with it an increased demand for entrepreneurial-minded young people who aren’t just passionate about playing games, but who are also skilled in the strategy, marketing, and business development aspects of this burgeoning sector.”
Award values range from $2,500 to $5,000 for qualifying students. Applications are now open and students currently enrolled in the program can learn more about the application process online: https://www.mylambton.ca/registration-finances/financial-aid/scholarships-bursaries/detail/esports-scholarship.
Lambton’s Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program was the first of its kind at an Ontario college and features a diverse course lineup consisting of business, sports marketing, ethical leadership, health promotion and social media courses. Additionally, the program features four distinct esports-specific courses (one per term) that help students develop a strong foundational knowledge of the emerging esports industry.
Limited seats are still available in this program for September. To learn more, go to lambtoncollege.ca/esea.
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