The call for students to apply for 25 IGDA scholarships to GDC is now open with a closing date of Dec. 7th. We know people who got them before so we encourage you to apply so you can attend GDC for free!!! You pay your own travel though!
The IGDA will award 25 scholarships to send qualified students to the 2008 Game Developers Conference. GDC is where game development professionals gather to share ideas and build the skills that the industry needs. Located in San Francisco, California, this year’s GDC will be held February 18-22, 2007.
Qualifications & Scholarship Details
* Scholarship applications must be submitted on or before Friday, December 7th, 2007.
* Only full-time university (or similar) students are eligible, and must be 18 years of age or older as of February 18, 2008.
* Applicant must be an IGDA Student Member in good standing. If you are not currently a Student Member, you must join the IGDA before applying for the scholarship. All applications will be verified.
* Past scholarship recipients are not eligible.
* Recipients will be awarded one Main Conference Pass, with access to all sessions, roundtables, and keynotes. Breakfast and lunch included.
* Students are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs.
* Scholarship applications will be judged by a panel of professional game developers.
* Each scholarship recipient will be paired with an industry mentor.
* Scholarship recipients will participate in a local studio visit and orientation session on February 19th.
* Recipients will be announced before January 16th, 2008 (the early rate pricing deadline).
To help students hone their applications and to better understand what the judges are looking for, here’s the basic criteria that judges will use to rate applicants:
1. Relevance – Will attending GDC help the student achieve his or her specific educational and/or career goals?
2. Initiative – Has the student demonstrated continued dedication to game development and effort to educate themselves?
3. Special Circumstances – Has the student overcome any unusual challenges or obstacles?
4. Communication – Are the ideas expressed in the essays communicated effectively and efficiently?
5. Tilt Factor – Overall, does it seem like this student would be fun and interesting to have around at GDC?
see http://www.igda.org/scholarships/ for the application forms