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Gaming Scholarships, Internships & The Top 5 Esports Teams

Defeat the cost of college by applying for scholarships designed just for gamers. Conquer your internship goals by landing a remote internship in the gaming world. You’ll also want to check out the five best esports college teams.

Shawna Newman

February 18, 2021

Gaming Scholarships, Internships & The Top 5 Esports Teams
Gaming can help you pay for college!
Gaming is a fun way for students to pass the time—especially during the winter months. As Sci Fi as it sounds, high school and college students that are pc gamers have many future career possibilities. Lifehack adds, you could find a job as a video game artist, audio programmer, writer, game programmer, game designer, game producer, game tester and even professional gamer. But did you know there are college esports teams for competitive gaming, too? And some college varsity electronic sports (esports) teams are recognized by the National Association of Collegiate esports (NACE) organization. According to the NACE website, there are currently more than 170 university and colleges that are NACE members.

Top 5 College Esports Teams

Best Colleges ranks the below colleges as some of the best in America. According to Best Colleges, “These collegiate esports programs maintain competitive teams, provide resources that enhance school communities, and boost career opportunities.” The five varsity teams below have won various, esports national championships and have some of the best equipment and gaming facilities in the nation:
  1. Miami University – Oxford, Ohio
  2. You can watch live tournaments and see Miami University’s schedule on their Twitch account.
  3. Maryville University – Saint Louis, Missouri
  4. Maryville’s Twitch account highlights their two national championship titles and features a recent League of Legends battle with the University of Wisconsin.
  5. Robert Morris Experiential College – Chicago, Illinois
  6. Check out this 2017 semifinal championship tournament between Robert Morris University and Maryville University.
  7. University of California – Irvine, California
  8. This Twitch video covers an esports tournament that was held at the University of California.
  9. University of Utah– Salt Lake City, Utah
  10. Watch Overwatch and League of Legends gameplay from the University of Utah esports team.

What Esports Games Do College Teams Play?

Esports Observer reports games like Counter Strike, Dota 2, League of Legends, Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Rainbow 6, Overwatch, PUBG, Hearthstone and Rocket League were the top esports games. With the 2020 prize money for all ten game tournaments totaling $65.5 million!

Gaming Scholarships

Here’s one of the best things to hit the gaming world since the game, Computer Space, sparked the 1970s arcade concept...Gaming can actually help you pay for school! Do yourself a favor; eliminate student loan debt and increase your financial aid by checking out and apply for these gaming scholarships:

Esports Participation Scholarship

Deadline: 5/1/22
Award Amount: $2,000 The Esports Participation Scholarship is open to students at Maryville University. You must be planning to participate in esports in order to be considered for this award.

$2,000 Minecraft Scholarship

Deadline: 7/31/22
Award Amount: $2,000 The $2,000 Minecraft Scholarship is open to high school and college students. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of at least 500 words that details your opinion on how Minecraft can be a positive influence on education and career development in order to be considered for this award.

Gamers Helping Gamers Scholarship

Check back soon. We’ll add this scholarship as soon as updates are posted.

Play! Pokemon Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: $1,000 The Play! Pokemon Scholarship Program is open to students who are the top finishers in Play! Pokemon Events. You must be a full-time high school student or a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student at a qualified college or university in order to be considered for this award.

Esports Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Award Amount: Varies The Esports Scholarship is open to students who participate in the esports program at Juniata College. You must demonstrate academic ability and contribute to your school and community and your academic excellence and aspirations must be balanced with your competitive ability in order to be considered for this award.

Remote Gaming Internships

While you may have plenty of game play experience, there’s nothing like real-world experience from behind-the-scenes of your favorite games. Check out these remote gaming internships:

Game Design Intern, Rocket League - Remote

Epic Games Programming Internships - Remote

Gameplay Programmer Internship - Fortnite - Remote

Gameplay Programmer Internship - Rocket League - Remote

Audio Design Intern - Remote

Animation Programmer Internship - Remote

There are many more gaming related internships available. Create your FREE Fastweb profile to find more scholarships and gaming internships that fit you!

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Shawna Newman

Managing Editor, Contributing Writer

Shawna Newman is the Managing Editor and a writer at Fastweb. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education. Her direct work with college admissions teams, financial aid officers, college deans, ...

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