Scholarships for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be awarded by Version1


Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students will once again have an opportunity to participate in a popular scholarship program for the upcoming academic school year sponsored by the gaming and esports entertainment organization, Version1.

The scholarship program was created last year in partnership with Cxmmunity, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the participation of minorities in the esports and gaming industries. The goal of the scholarship program is to cultivate future generations of skilled workers and competitive talent and create avenues that make the gaming industry accessible to all.

Starting today, undergraduate students attending an HBCU institution during the 2022-2023 academic year can apply. That’s an update from last year – previously, this scholarship was only open to first- and second-year undergraduate students.

Version1 is contributing $20,000 to this portion of the scholarship funding, and four students will be selected based on their applications. Version1 will also award a $5,000 scholarship as prize money to top-placing teams in an esports tournament for student-athletes and teams competing in Cxmmunity’s HBCU Esports League. Details about the tournament will be announced later this year.

Eligibility for the academic scholarships is broad and applicants can be pursuing any major. As part of the application process, candidates are required to provide supplementary material that demonstrates their passion for gaming and/or explains how their pursuit of a college education and professional degree may support a career in gaming or esports. Supplementary materials applicants can submit include either a written essay, an example of visual or digital artwork, or videos they’ve played a role in creating that relate to the gaming industry or esports culture.

Students can apply now at through September 30, 2022, at 11:59 PM CT.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in October 2022.