Acknowledging the passion and hard work of student-gamers, AcadArena and Globe have opened the first-ever esports scholarship program in the country.
The project named Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Fund is now accepting applicants from accredited student-gamer organizations under the AcadArena Alliance program.
“This program is our way of giving back to the student-gamers that have been so passionate about the local gaming space for so long now. We hope that this will empower them to chase their dreams, regardless of whatever they may be,” said Dennis Christian Dominguez, Globe’s gaming and esports lead.
The Games Fund, which covers tuition fee based on the number of units, has two categories: the competitive merit and leadership merit. These take into consideration the academic performance and campus esports contributions of an applicant.
Chosen scholars will be awarded with either the Gold Award which covers 100% of the tuition on top of a P30,000 maximum or P5,000 monthly stipend for either the active or the next semester for state universities, or the Silver Award which has 50% tuition coverage to go with a maximum P15,000 or P3,000 monthly stipend.
“We’re excited to bring the GAMES Fund to life to support student-gamers excelling both in and out of play,” said Ariane Lim, AcadArena’s co-founder and director of student programs.
“We have a lot of plans on how we can improve this more with Globe and our tried and tested campus esports ecosystem in AcadArena. This is just the start,” she added.
Student-gamers from the seven three-star accredited out of the 29 Alliance members are the only ones eligible to apply for the GAMES Fund.
The three-star members are:
1. LG Esports from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU)
2. TUP GEAR from Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) 3. Malayan Esports Club from Malayan Colleges Laguna (MCL) 4. Mapua Gaming Society from Mapua University (MU)
5. Oblation Esports from University of the Philippines-Diliman (UPD)
6. Valiant Esports Club from Holy Angel University (HAU)
7. SAGE Esports from University of San Agustin (USA)
Meanwhile, students from the other 22 Alliance members along with the seven three-star organizations may apply for the Family Good Game Grant, which will prioritize family-oriented, model student gamers who are in need, have good academic performance and campus esports contributions.
The program is divided into two categories: the Gold Grant and the Silver Grant. The top applicant will be awarded with the Gold Grant which gives a lump sum of P50,000 while three will be selected for the Silver Grant which hands out a lump sum of P25,000.
The other members of the Alliance program are:
1. AdU Game from Adamson University (AdU)
2. COMSSO from University of the East – Manila (UE)
3. Golden Lions from Central Philippine University (CPU)
4. ICON from St. Louis University (SLU)
5. SULO from Philippine Normal University (PNU)
6. Ignis from De La Salle University-Lipa (DLSU-L)
7. JPCS from Far Eastern University-Alabang (FEU-A)
8. Romançon Gaming from College of St. Benilde (CSB)
9.Mustang Esports from STI-West Negros University (STI-WN)
10. SUSG from Silliman University (SU)
11. WVSU Esports Organization from Western Visayas State University (WVSU)
12. Tamaraws Esports Club from Far Eastern University-Institute of Technology (FEU-IT)
13. USC Warriors Arena from University of San Carlos (USC)
14. Haribons from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM)
15. Pylon Esports from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)
16. Rektikano Esports from University of St. La Salle (USL)
17. Titans Esports from Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU)
18. Jaguars from University of the Cordilleras (UC)
19. Teletigers from University of Santo Tomas (UST)
20. Viridis Arcus from De La Salle University (DLSU)
21. Tamaraws FX from Far Eastern University-Manila (FEU)
22. Paradigm Esports from New Era University (NEU)
Deadline of application for both the GAMES Fund and Family Good Game Grant is on January 24, 2021. Interviews will be conducted for the shortlisted candidates. Awardees and grantees will be announced in February at the AcadArena Awards show.
AcadArena, the leading campus esports organization in the country, launched its Alliance program just this year and has already given a better structure for student-gamer communities across the country.
It has three different levels of accreditation from one-star to three-star. Each level gives more perks and access to its member organizations, with the GAMES Fund just being one of them.
Student-gamer organizations that wish to be part of AcadArena’s Alliance may apply until January 30, 2021.