2023 AIAS Foundation Scholars Announced

Entertainment Technology Center alumna Kayi Ng (23) was named one of the 11 Students and Young Professionals chosen For 2023 AIAS Foundation, WomenIn, and Girls for Gaming Scholarships.

Kayi Ng, ETC class of 2023 and one of the 2023 WomenIn Scholarship winners

Kayi was awarded one of The WomenIn Scholarships. This initiative supports female students and early-career gaming professionals through its mentoring program, education, and scholarships. This year’s scholars include:

  • Noor Amin, Game Designer, Riot Games
  • Nikki Ashaka, University of Southern California
  • Katharine Doescher, California Institute of the Arts
  • Courtney Manbeck, Game Director, Whitehorn Games
  • Kayi Ng, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Elaine Tanaka, University of Utah

The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), awarded eleven scholarships to outstanding students and early professionals who are dedicating their careers to the advancement of the video game industry. The scholarship winners will each receive $2,500 or a travel stipend to a video games conference, participate in a mentorship program, and are eligible to participate in a professional
training and networking opportunity at the 2024 D.I.C.E. Summit and 27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards show. The WomenIN Scholarship, supported by Intel, is a collaborative effort to attract, retain and advance women in the interactive entertainment industry by supporting their education and professional development.

Besides The WomenIn Scholarships, the AIAS Foundation awarded AIAS Foundation Scholarships and The Girls For Gaming Scholarship.

The AIAS Foundation Scholarships were established to support aspiring students and early professionals who are pursuing video game industry careers in development or leadership roles. This year’s scholars include:

  • Masato Lin, University of Southern California
  • Dotun Oseni-Adegbite, Software Engineer, Xbox PEP (Player Experiences & Platform)
  • Michael Wahba, University of Southern California
  • Jayde Zhou, New York University

The Girls for Gaming Scholarship honors individuals who help empower and educate girls and young women on the various roles within the gaming industry to drive and normalize gender diversity within gaming. This year’s scholar includes:

  • Selina Liu, Game Producer, Riot Games

Submissions for the next academic year will open in March 2024 and close May 31, 2024. Learn more about the 2023 AIAS Foundation scholars at www.aiasfoundation.org and ways to support the scholarship program through donations and mentorships.

Learn more about the 2023 AIAS Foundation scholars at www.aiasfoundation.org, as well as ways to support the scholarship program through donations and mentorships.

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