AcadArena, Globe Launch First Scholarship for Gamers
AcadArena, the premiere campus esports program in the Philippines, in partnership with Globe, will start offering scholarships to student esports aspirants. Called the Esports Merit Scholarship, this novel form of scholarships will be offered to AcadArena’s partner student organizations across a dozen schools across the country.
Helping in the Transition to Digital
The education sector has been hit tremendously by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have been struggling to transition to online learning, with many teachers and students having a hard time to adapt. Accessory to education are extra-curricular activities, which traditionally included physical sports, among other interests. That’s why Globe’s Head of Games and Esports says that the Esports Meric Scholarship will fill some of these gaps. “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 says. “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.”
Holistic; Not Just Play
AcadArena’s co-founder and Director of Student Programs Ariane Lim says that they want to make sure that the scholarship will be holistic. They didn’t want to limit the program to just one game title, or to even limit it to amateur competitive players. The Esports Merit Scholarship will have three versions:
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.
The Alliance Program
However, the esports scholarship isn’t available for just anyone who has the talent and the skills. It is offered by AcadArena to its partner organizations, members of their Alliance Program. The Alliance Program is offered to gaming or esports-centric student organizations in colleges and universities in the country. As part of AcadArena’s vision of nurturing esports at the collegiate level, the Alliance Program aims to help develop the leadership and organizational skills of their members, molding them into the next generation of esports practitioners.
Currently, the Alliance Program has thirteen members, represented by student organizations in different universities:
- 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)
Pioneers in Collegiate Esports
Esports AcadArena has been part of the local esports ecosystem for a few years. Its focus on the collegiate level is not entirely new, but they’re one of the first who have taken this path seriously, complete with programs that benefits the members of their market. Since its inception, Esports AcadArena have held not only collegiate tournaments, but also seminars and workshops. Now, with a scholarship meant to lighten the load and pressure in our future athletes and practitioners, AcadArena is taking the next step in securing the future of the industry we belong in.