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GDC Scholarship News

December 4, 2007

For students wishing they could afford to go to GDC, your dream might become a reality. The deadline to enter the IGDA’s Student Scholarship Program for GDC08 is this Friday, December 7th. According to the announcement, twenty-five college students will be awarded complimentary “Main Conference” passes.

You can apply online – and you should:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2007 11:05 pm

    Speaking from experience, the scholarship is an incredible opportunity, and is much more than just a free pass to GDC. Scholars are paired with industry mentors, visit studios in the San Francisco area, and are given countless opportunities to network and make the most of their time at the conference. It’s well worth the hour or so it takes to properly fill out the application.

    For anyone who applies but doesn’t get accepted, free passes to GDC are also available to volunteers:

    A lot of scholar recipients end up volunteering just to get broader access to the conference’s events.

  2. December 5, 2007 4:12 pm

    Not to undermine the wonderful advice that both the Scholarship and CA programs, as they are both great opportunities and students should absolutely take advantage of them, but students should know that even then the conference is still not free. You have to cover travel, room and board… which can easily reach $1000+, an amount that requires some advance planning and saving for a typical college student. You can get the cost down with discount airlines (or driving, depending on where you are), and splitting a hotel room with as many others as you can squeeze in there. But definitely make sure you can get there before you receive a scholarship that you can’t take advantage of…

  3. Brian Shurtleff permalink
    December 9, 2007 7:47 pm

    Not with the scholarship, but it was my understanding that with the volunteering program, they help with the hotel/rooming situation?

    Also, hmm, didn’t know that a lot of people who win the scholarship still volunteer. That’s good to hear, because I applied for both, as back-up plans for the other.

  4. December 10, 2007 1:27 am

    In neither case (scholarship nor Conference Associate volunteer) do they pay for your room.

    The CA program does help match you up with other CAs who can split a room with you (if you request). But that’s the extent of it, to my knowledge.

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