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Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply to both scholarships? 

A:  While you can technically apply to both scholarships, the Pausch and Beaumont Scholarships are for two different career paths within the video game industry.  The Randy Pausch Scholarship is for individuals pursuing elements of game development, such as art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.  The Mark Beaumont Scholarship is for individuals that are looking to pursue business roles within the industry including executive leadership, law, marketing, public relations, and business development.  We suggest focusing on one opportunity and making it a very strong submission. 

Q: Can I apply to these scholarships if I do not intend to work in the video game industry but am interested in law, marketing, art or design for other industries? 

A:  Applicants pursuing careers outside of the video games industry will not be considered. 

Q: Can application items be submitted separately? 

A:  Application materials may be submitted separately; however, we request that you make an effort to include them all within your application package. 

Transcripts must be official and sealed.  Printed transcripts from your school’s website and unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.  Recommendation letters and transcripts may be sent directly from the issuing party or by the applicant themselves as part of a larger packet.  If transcripts and letters of recommendation are not sent directly from the issuing party, they must be sealed. 

Q: If I apply to both scholarships, can I provide one set of transcripts and recommendation letters? 

A: While we discourage you from submitting applications to both opportunities, we require full application packages for each program.  This means you must provide a sealed official transcript and separate letters of recommendation for each program.  Copies of the same letters of recommendation will not be accepted. 

Q: Can I email my application package? 

A: All WomenIn Scholarship applications must be emailed. Transcripts must be mailed hard copy to the address provided in the application package.

Q: Can my cumulative GPA be lower than 3.3 if my GPA within my major is 3.3 or higher? 

A: Your cumulative GPA must be 3.3.  All submissions with a lower GPA will not be considered. 

Q: Who qualifies to submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf? 

A:  Letters of recommendation must come from someone who has served in an academic or professional advisory/supervisorial role.  This means that only letters from professors and supervisors will be accepted.  Letters from colleagues, long-time friends and acquaintances will not be accepted. 

Q: What qualifies as verification of enrollment for the 2016-2017 year? 

A: You may submit your schedule print out, a letter from your school’s registrar, or a transcript that shows current enrollment. 

Please contact Kelly Thomas at kelly@interactive.org with any additional questions.