The University of California, Irvine (UCI) are going to start offering $2,500 scholarships to the best Overwatch players starting this Autumn.
In exchange for yearly financial aid of $2,500 to cover tuition, players will need to commit to
15-20 hours per week during the season to practice, team meetings, community service, workouts, and competitions.
Part of being part of the team, the University will provide professional-grade infrastructures like dedicated coaching and analysis staff, personal training and a team psychologist. Players will also get unlimited access to UCI’s eSports arena.
Mark Deppe, Acting Director of UCI eSports said
We are very excited to take this next step in growing our scholarship program for top gamers who are also strong students and great members of our community. We look forward to connecting the excitement generated by our competitive teams to advance efforts along our other pillars: Academics, Community and Entertainment.
Tryouts for the University of California, Irvine’s Overwatch scholarship program will take place over the Summer. Current and incoming students can apply to the program. The University also has the goal of making eSports “more inclusive and accessible to groups that are underrepresented in eSports.”
Overwatch is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
If Overwatch isn’t your thing and you prefer the creative arts of Minecraft, then you might be interested in the $2,000 Minecraft scholarship.