As President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation I'm proud to share that we've announced the first eleven women to be honored in our first round of WomenIn Scholarships. In addition to a cash award of $2,500 to support their educations, each Scholar has the opportunity to attend the 2017 D.I.C.E. Conference, where they will be paired with experienced industry Mentors.
We announced the Foundation's WomenIn program at the 2016 D.I.C.E. event just ten months ago, and I'm thrilled that with the support of industry leaders like Intel we are able to make this announcement today.
Our first round of Scholars and their fields of study and schools are:
Sydney Adams -- English at Stony Brook University
Sarah Belhumeur -- Digital Media at Maine College of Art
Stephanie Chen -- Computer Science at Columbia University
Allison Cole -- Game Design at New York University
Maya DeJesus -- Creative Arts and Technology (Game Development) at Bloomfield College
Rachel Hwang -- Computer Graphics and Game Technology at University of Pennsylvania
Ciarra Matthews -- Design at University of California, Davis
Martha Monica -- Computer Science (Game Development) at University of Southern California
Sydnie Ritchie -- Entertainment Arts and Engineering at University of Utah
Jing Shu -- Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University
Franzi Wischmann -- Film and Media Arts at University of Utah
If you'll be attending D.I.C.E. this coming February and would like to volunteer as a Mentor please contact me at ddaglow at gmail dot com. Thanks!