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AcadArena Announces the Philippines’ First Esports Merit Scholars

AcadArena has officially announced its first batch of esports merit scholars during the recently held AcadArena Awards. The organization, in partership with Globe, announced the Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) program last September which seeks to give scholarships and/or grants to chosen students from AcadArena Alliance Program student organizations.

Applications for the Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) were opened last December and after a shortlist of candidates were interviewed, a dedicated panel chose the final list of awardees. Three students were chosen for the Competitive Merit category while four were awarded under the Leadership Merit category. Finally, two students were picked for the Family Good Game Grant.

“The awards and the scholarship is our way of giving back to the passionate student gaming community in the Philippines. Good work should always be recognized, especially if it’s by the students who will be the industry leaders of tomorrow,” said AcadArena CEO Ariane Lim.

G.A.M.E Scholar Awardees

  • Leadership
    • Kathlyn Marie Lim of University of San Agustin’s Golden Eagles
    • CJ Sean Lao of University of San Agustin’s Golden Eagles
    • Gray Giron of Mapua University’s Mapua Gaming Society
    • John Paolo Riosa of Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Gaming
  • Competitive
    • Dean Hans “Yobhel” Nucum of Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Gaming (Player, League of Legends)
    • Patrick “dy/dx” Higa of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Malayan Warlock (Player, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang)
    • James “E T Ø M A K” Martinez of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s Malayan Warlock (Player, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang)
  • Family Good Game Grant
    • Carlo G. Sibal of Holy Angel University’s Valiant Esports Club (Manager, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang)
    • Jason “Prophecy” Sicat of Holy Angel University’s Valiant Esports Club (Player, Valorant)

Scholars who were granted Gold Awards under both the Competitive and Leadership Merit categories will receive PHP 30,000 tuition coverage while the Silver awardees will receive PHP 15,000. Lastly, Family Good Game Grant awardees will receive a grant ranging from PHP 25,000 to PHP 50,000. AcadArena plans to award scholarships to 10-15 students each semester, making for a total of up to 30 scholarships per year.