Two of the biggest names in esports have teamed up with Becker College in Massachusetts to bring competitive gamers a scholarship for the school. Team Genji and Helix eSports will give top performing Apex Legends players who apply, and are admitted, to Becker College a chance at a one-time $5,000 scholarship.
Becker College Esports General Manager Timothy Loew has stated that the goal of the program is to allow skilled Apex Legends players to use their talents to get an education. As the first college in the state to host a varsity esports program, Becker College also has an interest in recruiting top talent for their esports teams.
Team Genji CEO William Collis said that the program also aims to "build a pipeline" for high schoolers into a college with an esports program, and then onto a professional esports team, preferably Team Genji. The esports team was inspired by the success they saw with using big data to build a Hearthstone team, and they are now trying to use the same platform with Apex Legends.
In order to receive the scholarship, current high school juniors and seniors should register for recruiting with Team Genji. For an even better chance at winning, players should also enter the Helix Esports Apex Legends Combine Tournament, which will be held in North Bergen, New Jersey in early April. Attendees for the tournament will be invited based on the Team Genji application.
Once players enter the Combine event, they will be evaluated by Team Genji's talent analytics platform and Becker College staff, who will invite finalists to apply to the college.
If players are underclassman in high school or unable to attend the event, registering with Team Genji will also make you eligible for future Becker esports scholarships.
Becker College has been ranked third in the world for game design programs by the Princeton Review, and was the first school in the country to offer a bachelor's degree in esports management. The school also plans to add a competitive Apex Legends team to their esports roster next fall.
Becker isn't the first school to offer a gaming-related scholarship. To date, there are more than thirty schools across the country that are trying to attract talent for their esports teams through scholarships. Robert Morris University was the first school in the United States to offer gaming scholarships, and esports gamers can still get up to $19,000 a year.