Travis Mccrackin / May 24
Paying for college is tough, and there’s only so much financial aid available. You probably feel like you’ve tried everything, and applied for every scholarship and grant available. Don’t give up yet! What if I told you that you could get a scholarship for being good at a video game? Well, that’s exactly what I’m telling you. One school in Ohio, Ashland University, is even offering a Fortnite scholarship…
You might be surprised to learn that over 70 schools belong to the NACE or the National Association of Collegiate Esports. This organization is committed to the growth and development of collegiate eSports leagues.
Ashland University is one of these schools, but what separates them from the rest is that they are the first to offer a Fortnite Scholarship. You read correctly. Ashland University is not only adding Fortnite to their list of eSports teams, but also offering a scholarship for qualifying players!
Ashland university announced recently that they would be adding Fortnite to their list of eSports teams. They are the first college to do so, but many more are sure to follow with Fortnite being as popular as it is. Furthermore, they announced that they would be offering a scholarship as an incentive for players to join the team.
Depending on academic requirements and skill, this scholarship could be as much as $4,000. That’s right! You could get $4,000 in scholarships for being a good Fortnite player and making good grades.
The team will begin competing in the fall of 2018 and is being coached by Josh Buchanan. Coach Buchanan has high hope for the team and for the game itself.
“Fortnite appeals to both the core and casual gaming audience,” said Buchanan. “We’re excited to provide this platform for gamers who want to showcase their skills in a more competitive space. Fortnite facilitates an environment that allows players to get creative, innovate and show off their mastery of their skills.”
Of course, the hope is for a collegiate league to be set up eventually, and for Ashland to be at the top of that league. Coach Buchanan goes on to say,
“The growth of Fortnite has been astounding to witness and getting players into structured practices ahead of the launch of a collegiate league will be extremely beneficial to our program.”
So, there you have it! You can pay for school by being good at what you love, competitive gaming!
If you are interested in joining Ashland’s eSports program, follow this link!
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