The Vancouver Film School (VFS) will present its annual Women in Games Scholarship in January. Full details of the Women in Games Scholarship will be announced at the free Sunday Open House (part of the Game Design Expo 2011) on January 22-23, 2011. The Women in Games Scholarship is a unique financial incentive to encourage opportunities for women pursuing a career in game design. The Women in Games Scholarship, valued at up to $50,000, covers the full tuition for an aspiring female game designer to attend VFS’s one-year Game Design program.
Since the scholarship was introduced two years ago, the percentage of female VFS Game Design students has increased from 2 percent in 2008 to 8 percent in 2010. VFS call this an encouraging trend for the future of the industry. Female VFS Game Design graduates include Tara Mustapha and Charmie Kim of Microsoft Game Studios, Pamela Livara of XMG Studio, and Melanie Genereux of Longtail Studios in PEI.
Along with the Women in Games Scholarship, VFS is partnering with Game Design Expo sponsors G4TechTV, Annex Pro and 3vis to celebrate the fifth year of Game Design Expo with an additional $50,000 in scholarships. The ten individual $5,000 awards are open to all aspiring game designers.
Application forms for the $5,000 VFS Game Design scholarships are currently available at gamedesignexpo.com.