Imane “Pokimane” Anys has announced a $100,000 collegiate esports scholarship with the American Video Game League.
Both Pokimane and the AVGL will donate $50,000 each to help students with tuition. There will be 10 winners of the scholarship, and each student will receive $10,000.
The AVGL is a collegiate esports organization that holds tournaments and leagues alongside the Intel Inspires program. This program aims to help creators and gamers improve upon their futures through different opportunities. Intel Inspires allows participants to showcase their skills, access to development resources and earn scholarships.
Applications for the scholarship are now open through Dec. 31 on the AVGL website. The winners will be notified in early Feb. 2022.
Balancing gaming and schoolwork
“With both of my parents being teachers, I’m especially proud to be launching another scholarship to help students with a gaming passion,” Pokimane said.
She added that she knows firsthand how it’s not easy to balance a gaming career and school. Pokimane said that the scholarship would help alleviate the stress for aspiring players and content creators.
This $100,000 scholarship isn’t Pokimane’s first charitable education endeavor. Last year, she donated $50,000 to UCI Esports.
The scholarship was the first of its kind to UCI Esports. In 2022, it will be used to fund tuition and fees for chosen students. In addition to these scholarships, Pokimane is currently funding ones through the STEM Advantage Program.
If you missed @pokimanelol latest twitch stream, she announced her donation to support 4 STEM Advantage scholars!!! We can’t thank you her enough for her support towards minorities in the #STEM community. It’s been a long process and we are so excited the news is finally out! pic.twitter.com/IqDYR5i3Nr
— STEM Advantage (@STEMadvantage) February 13, 2020
Improving the esports industry
Beyond her involvement in collegiate esports, Pokimane co-founded brand consulting company RTS. The company launched in October of 2021. Through RTS, her goal is to improve brand partnerships and talent management within the esports and gaming space.
“I keep seeing amazing creators that are doing wonders with their content and streams, but they don’t have the support to grow their brand and business operations,” Pokimane said in the announcement. “They’re spinning their wheels on basic stuff and taking a lot of frustrating partnership deals that don’t work out for either party involved.”
Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!