ScholarGamers.com launches this week, offering young players a chance to win a scholarship by playing casual games online. Players compete to win scholarship money in an enviornment that site creators call "free and fun, secure and social."
Created by Internet Sport Games Associates (ISGA), ScholarGamers.com is the brainchild of marketing executive Angelo Tartaro.
"With the average annual cost of a college education exceeding $30,000, and the average debt load of a college graduate exceeding $20,000, a college degree is a significant financial burden," said Tartaro. "We’re aiming to make that goal more attainable for kids who aren’t necessarily the star athletes or valedictorians, by leveraging one of their favorite pastimes for educational purposes."
Here's a bit more from ScholarGamers.com on how players can earn scholarship cash:
Although registered members may play any of the site’s flash games for free any time they wish, competition for scholarships is grouped into a series of 75 day rounds. Players compete against the entire ScholarGamers.com community to generate the highest cumulative scores for 45 days. A time limit of 20-minutes is imposed on each competition. Within 30 days, the 15 players with the highest scores are flown to Disney’s BoardWalk Resort to compete head-to-head for the scholarships. The first round of competition kicks off November 1, with participants playing for a $10,000 first prize. Each of the 15 finalists will receive scholarship money, in the form of 529 plan contributions that can be used towards educational expenses. Scholarships will only be awarded to middle-and high-school students, aged 13 and above. Competition rounds will repeat every 45 days, for a total of 120 planned scholarship opportunities in the next year.
The site’s creators claim that carefully vetted advertisers and sponsors fund this enterprise.
Visit ScholarGamer.com for more info. Your parents may thank you.