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AIAS Foundation Announces 2016 Randy Pausch & Mark Beaumont Scholarship Winners


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Top Row: Randy Pausch Scholars Marchelle Lundquist and Yuanqing Wu
Bottom Row: Mark Beaumont Scholars Khaila Hall and Christopher Kao


Each year the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AIAS, awards two Randy Pausch Memorial Scholarships and two Mark Beaumont Memorial Scholarships to university students pursuing careers in the games industry. These $2,500 scholarships are awarded in memory of Dr. Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, a pioneer in professional games industry education and author of The Last Lecture; and Mark Beaumont, former COO of Capcom North America and Europe.

As President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation, I'm proud to announce that this year's Pausch and Beaumont Scholarship winners are: 

Randy Pausch Scholarships

Marchelle Lundquist
Columbia University, Computer Science Major

Yuanqing Wu
New York University, Game Design Major


Mark Beaumont Scholarships 

Khaila Hall
University of California Irvine, Film & Media Studies Major

Christopher Kao
University of Southern California, MBA Candidate


You can also read about last year's winners here, and about the 2014 winners, and also learn more about the 2013 winners. In depth interviews with each Scholar can be found here.

In addition to these scholarships, each AIAS Foundation Scholar receives an all-access pass to the 2017 D.I.C.E. Summit and 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards in Las Vegas on February 21-23, 2017. The Foundation pairs each Scholar with one or more industry Mentors at the conference, who will discuss their career plans and introduce them to prominent industry leaders. If you'd like to serve as a volunteer mentor for our Scholars at D.I.C.E. please get in touch with me!  

If you or your company would like to honor someone by funding an AIAS scholarship in the name of another individual or organization, or if you'd like to financially support the Pausch and Beaumont funds, please contact me and I'll personally connect you to the right people at the AIAS Foundation. All donations are tax deductible.