Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:53 pm
A Kentucky school is becoming just the second university in the nation to offer scholarships for competitive video game players.
The University of Pikeville will offer 20 scholarships this fall to students who excel in the online multi-player game League of Legends.
The school in central Appalachia hopes the program will draw attention from prospective students who otherwise wouldn’t have considered U-Pike.
The school’s New Media Director, Bruce Parsons, believes it’s just a matter of time before more American universities offer scholarships to gamers.
“I think there’s a good opportunity for colleges and universities to look at starting e-sports programs at their schools—officially supported scholarship programs. It’s growing very quickly, there’s a lot of attention, and it offers opportunities to students who might not have athletic or others scholarships at their disposal.”