You can now be a scholar for playing video games!
Globe Telecom and Esports AcadArena, the Philippines’ premiere campus esports program, officially releases their guidelines on the country’s first esports scholarship.
“The education sector is hard-hit by the pandemic. With students, teachers and families shaken to adjust to the digital norm,” Dennis Christian Dominguez, Head of Games and Esports at Globe Telecom weighs in. “Many schools are turning to esports to supplement the lack of extracurricular activities. This is Globe’s way to make that transition smoother and more holistic.”
Globe has worked with AcadArena for just a little more than a year but its growing community and synergies paved the way for this milestone for both video games and education.
“There was a lot to balance. We wanted to find a system that aligned with our ‘not just play’ core value,” Ariane Lim, Co-Founder and Director of Student Programs at AcadArena revealed. “We didn’t want to attach the scholarship to a singular game title. We also wanted to be more relevant to a student’s lifestyle.”
The scholarships are attached to AcadArena’s Alliance Program which is a student org support system.
Interested student organizations from anywhere in the country can apply for accreditation in order to access monthly tournament support, exclusive league access, industry support, scholarships and more.
Here’s all you need to know to be one of the country’s first esports merit scholar:
Competitive Merit (25% - 100% tuition coverage)
Any eligible student from a 3-star accredited Alliance Student Organization. The competitive merit scholarship category is open to active rosters of Alliance member schools who have shown good character and performance in any of the games under AcadArena.
Leadership Merit (25% - 100% tuition coverage)
The leadership merit scholarship category is open to support staff of the Alliance member schools who have shown good character and contribution to the growth of the campus esports scene in their community.
Family Good Game Grant (PHP 25,000 to PHP 50,000 grant)
Any eligible student from any AcadArena Alliance Student Organization. The family good game grant is open to families of players with good character who qualified in any official tournament of the AcadArena whether for the AcadArena University Alliance Cup or the AcadArena National Campus Open.
More details regarding eligibility, application process of the scholarships will be revealed later in the year.
The following are the universities and the student organizations currently accredited by the Alliance program:
- Teletigers (University of Sto. Tomas)
- Viridis Arcus (De La Salle University)
- Loyola Gaming Esports (Ateneo de Manila University)
- Oblation Esports (University of the Philippines-Diliman)
- Valiant Esports (Holy Angel University)
- Malayan Esports Club (Malayan Colleges Laguna)
- Mapua Gaming Society (Mapua University)
- TUP Gear (Technological University of the Philippines)
- FIT iTamaraws (Far Eastern University-Institute of Technology)
- Haribons (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)
- San Agustin Golden Eagles (University of San Agustin)
- Golden Lions (Central Philippine University)
- Warriors’ Arena (University of San Carlos)
Student organizations and campus esports programs interested in participating in the Alliance program may learn more about it and fill out the application at: http://acadarena.com/alliance.
AcadArena is the Philippines’ premiere campus esports program. Founded in 2019 by industry veterans, its competitive, community and educational programs engage over 250 schools each year. It is the strategic partner of Globe Telecom for campus esports and the regional partner for Twitch Student.