ETC Fellowship Fund

The ETC is excited to announce the ETC Fellowship Fund, sponsored by Schell Games which is available for students who have already applied to the ETC for the Fall, 2021 enrollment semester. 

The purpose of the Fund is to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in the Entertainment Technology Center by providing fellowship support to a graduate student enrolled at the University in the ETC.  The Donor prefers that the Fund support students who are underrepresented at the university, including, but not limited to, those of under-privileged socioeconomic status; from underrepresented geographic areas; who grew up in single-parent households; who were first in their families to attend college or who attended historically black colleges and universities and other minority serving institutions. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion guide the values and work at the ETC and CMU. We have collaborated with Dr. Laurie Weingart, the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, to study the importance of diversity in creative collaboration. What we discovered was that teams with more diversity tended to have more conflict in the form of disagreements and debates. Instead of being detrimental to team performance, this constructive conflict often leads to final deliverables that are more innovative. In other words, inclusion leads to innovation, and we strive to inspire our students to value and embrace inclusive diversity.

Schell Games is the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States.  Since 2002, Schell Games has worked to create interactive experiences on every platform to enrich the lives of players of all ages.  Projects in their award-winning portfolio range from mobile, desktop, and virtual reality games to interactive installations and theme park attractions… and everything in between. 

Founder and CEO of Schell Games, Jesse Schell, is also a Distinguished Professor of the Practice at the ETC and has been part of the faculty since 2002.

The recipient will receive a full tuition scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year, and the award will be renewed for the second year of study (2022-23) if the student remains in good academic standing. 

Admitted students interested in applying for this Fellowship must complete an additional application and submit it no later than April 15, 2021.  Please contact Rebecca Lombardi with questions.

The ETC would like to send out a huge Thank You to Jesse and Schell Games for this amazing fellowship opportunity.

*CMU Statement of Assurance: Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.



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