There will be an extra reason to celebrate next February when the 5th Annual New York Game Awards are held at Villain in Brooklyn. The winner(s) of an inaugural scholarship program will also be revealed, chosen by the New York Videogame Critics Circle membership.
From this week’s announcement:
The scholarship will be presented in conjunction with The DreamYard Preparatory High School, a vibrant Bronx school which provides a rigorous arts integrated curriculum that emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking while deepening students’ understanding of all subject areas.
“DreamYard is thrilled to partner with the New York Videogame Critics Circle on this scholarship contest,” said Tim Lord, co-founder and co-executive director of The DreamYard. “We believe that the arts and social justice education can help young people build pathways to opportunity. But it is only through partnerships like this, with a respected tech and business partner organization who believe our Bronx youth can be the next leaders in gaming and coding and design, that we can actually connect that pathway to lasting opportunity.”
Entrants are being asked to submit a videogame story that differs as much as possible from the usual norm. The Feb. 9 New York Game Awards will be live-streamed on Twitch, which is also co-sponsoring the scholarship along with Green Man Gaming in the U.K. and others to be announced shortly. Good luck to all entrants!