G.I.R.L. Scholarship Program by Sony Online Has $10,000 Local Valley Winner!
Girls in Tech would like to congratulate the winner and Sony Online Entertainment for their G.I.R.L. Scholarship program for instilling encouragement for more women to get into the tech/gaming industry. They recently announced: Sylvia Liu of Milpitas, California, has been granted their 3rd annual $10,000 scholarship!
Since its inception, the scholarship program has been successful in encouraging students to pursue career paths in the creative and applied arts, ultimately resulting in the development of video games that are more enticing for women to play. Liu is an entertainment design student at Art Center College in Pasadena, California. She has not only been awarded the $10,000 to be applied toward her tuition, but also the chance to take on a paid internship for up to 10 weeks at Sony Online Entertainment’s San Diego headquarters. (Talk about hands-on experience!)
Says Liu, “I worked hard on my submission and am very proud of what I accomplished for this competition. This opportunity will help me a long way in my career so I can’t wait to get started!” She was one of over 100 applicants who entered to win the scholarship and were asked to submit artwork for characters designed as if they would be included in some of the company’s new game titles. An essay pertaining to their view of women in the gaming industry was also part of their submittals. One of the former scholarship winners actually still works for Sony Online, following her internship at their Seattle office! Thus, Sony Online has been staying involved in nurturing women in the tech field in a big way. Kudos to all!
(Photo credit: Sony Online G.I.R.L.)