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For five years and running, Sony Online Entertainment along with Scholarships America have joined forces in an effort of establishing young aspiring females into the realm of the video game industry with a focus in game development in design. Appropriately titling the scholarship program Gamers In Real Life (G.I.R.L. for short) Sony announced today that this year’s winner is Quinne Larsen of Northridge, California.
Larsen, a character animation major at the California Institute of the Arts, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to use toward her college tuition and other educational expenses. She has also accepted a 10-week paid internship at SOE’s headquarters in San Diego where she will work on one of the company’s many hit titles. With her submission featured in the subject of this post, it’s no surprise that talent of this caliber would not go unnoticed.
“I was over the moon when I learned that I won the G.I.R.L. Scholarship,” said Larsen. “I can’t thank SOE enough for this opportunity and I look forward to furthering my passion and knowledge for video games.”
For all submissions considered, this year’s finalists were asked to provide two original concept pieces inspired by the popular SOE titles PlanetSide2 or EverQuestII. Additionally they were asked to include an essay discussing their views on women in the gaming industry to a panel of judges. With hundreds of submissions sent in, it was Larsen that attracted the eyes of senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Sony Online Entertainment, Laura Navieux:
“We were impressed with the creativity and passion shown in not only Quinne’s entry, but all the finalist entries. Every year we are thrilled to award these scholarships to young, talented students, so that they may continue to have opportunities to shape and bring diversity to our industry.”
For more information on how you can participate in next year’s G.I.R.L. competition and what the scholarship program entails, check out www.girl.soe.com .