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Lambton College to award Esports scholarships

Journal staff New funds for Esports scholarships were announced for Lambton College this week.
In this Journal file photo, Fire science student Zach Hudson tests out one of the gaming stations at Lambton College’s eSports Arena. Troy Shantz

Journal staff

New funds for Esports scholarships were announced for Lambton College this week.

Lambton will receive $50,000 over two years from the provincial government as part of the new eSports Scholarship launched by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities Student Financial Assistance Branch.

The scholarship will offer financial assistance to high-achieving students with financial need enrolled in programs related to the video-gaming industry that may lead to a career in the video-gaming or esports fields.

“It’s great to see the provincial government recognize the growing demand for professionals in the gaming industry and put funding in place to help our students pursue careers related to esports,” said program coordinator Matthew Hutchinson.

“As the esports industry continues to expand, it brings with it an increased demand for entrepreneurial-minded young people who aren’t just passionate about playing games, but who are also skilled in the strategy, marketing, and business development aspects of this burgeoning sector.”

Lambton’s Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program was the first of its kind at an Ontario college and features business, sports marketing, ethical leadership, health promotion and social media courses.

The program features four distinct esports-specific courses (one per term) that help students develop a strong foundational knowledge of the emerging esports industry.

Scholarships will be awarded by March 31 to students who recorded a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their fall semester. Applicants will also be required to demonstrate financial need and complete an essay.

Award values range from $2,500 to $5,000.

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