AcadArena co-founder and director of student programs Ariane Lim
By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Fund has been launched for the country’s aspiring esports professionals who will now have a chance to join the inaugural batch of esports scholars in the Philippines.
Applications to the first-ever scholarship program of its kind in the country officially opened today, December 24, with only applicants from accredited student organizations under the AcadArena Alliance program to be accepted.
The esports scholarship program is the fruit of a partnership between Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom and the country’s leading collegiate esports program AcadArena.
The GAMES Fund, which was first announced by AcadArena back in September, has accredited twenty-nine universities and academic institutions from across the archipelago.
This includes top universities such as the University of the Philippines (UP), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU) and the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The GAMES Fund can award scholars either half or full coverage of their tuition fees or a monthly stipend in the case of scholars from state universities, depending on their academic performance and contributions to their respective campus esports organizations.
The only applicants who can avail of the GAMES Fund are those from the seven three-star member organizations of the Alliance program.
In addition to the GAMES Fund, AcadArena will also be accepting applicants for the Family Good Game Grant from any of the accredited universities and academic institutions under the Alliance program.
Four applicants will be selected. The top applicant will receive a grant of PhP50,000 (or around US$1,000), while the remaining three each receive grants of PhP25,000 (US$500).
“We’re excited to bring the GAMES Fund to life to support student-gamers excelling both in and out of play. 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,” AcadArena co-founder and director of student programs Ariane Lim disclosed.
“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,” Globe’s Gaming and Esports Lead Dennis Christian Dominguez added in support.
Interested applicants can apply with the AcadArena secretariat, with entries being accepted until January 24, 2021. The awardees and grantees will be announced in February.
AcadArena will also be opening up its Alliance program to more universities and academic institutions next year. Applications for accreditation are currently open until January 30. (AI/MTVN)