The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) teamed up again with Sony Interactive Entertainment and its PlayStation Career Pathways Program for the Fall 2021 BCGA Success Scholarship. Twelve scholarship recipients were announced via social media, distributing a total of $100,000. The following are the 12 sophomore class recipients attending the following colleges:
Texas Southern University (TSU) – Omokhuwele Umoru & Mikhail Jackson
Florida A&M University (FAMU) – Matthew Williams, Philben W. Pierre, & James Peterson IV
Florida Memorial University (FMU) – DeOzzie Sylvester & Dimitrus Smith
Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) – Harrington Stutson & Kristopher Bond
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) – Joshua Bernardin
Georgia Gwinnett College – Gaylord Moore III
New York Institute of Technology – Willette Menefee
The inaugural class of 18 juniors and seniors were announced in 2021. The following college students scholarship recipients:
University of Houston – Aliyah Hunt
Edward Waters University (EWU) – Amari Leath & Chandrae Bethea
Michigan State University (MSU) – Calil Hall
Florida A&M University (FAMU) – Celestina Kolog, Ivana Onema, Randall Leath, & Monasia Vernon
The University of Texas at Dallas – Chelsea Edosomwan
Georgia State University (GSU) – Daanann Agboga & Jada Pruitt
Grambling State University (GSU) – Destney Johnson
Kennesaw State University (KSU) – Imani Daniels & Jesse Agboga
LaGrange College – Issac Fuller
Texas Southern University (TSU) – Kingsley Edosomwan
The University of Texas at Arlington – Pearl Iyayi
Miles College – Robert Agee
The BCGA Success Scholarship supported by PlayStation Career Pathways Program awarded 32 scholars over $100,000 in scholarships during 2021. BCGA and Sony Interactive Entertainment will continue to present the scholarship this Spring during Black College Con (BCC), and We Got Game (WGG).
In addition to scholarships, BCGA is hosting its second annual Black College Con (BCC) and Women Got Game (WGG) tours during Black History Month and Women’s History Month in 2022.
The Black Collegiate Gaming Association was established to provide education, access, and career opportunities in the gaming and Esports industry to Black and women of color college students. BCGA offers virtual and on-campus curriculums; inter-collegiate video gaming competitions; internships and post-graduation job opportunities; team building and leadership training; professional development and networking events; scholarships and mentorships; and on-campus Esports and gaming labs. Founder and Chairwoman Keshia Walker launched BCGA in May of 2020 after more than 20 years of running successful celebrity events and experiential marketing firms. She made history herself by being the first Black woman to enter the male-dominated field of collegiate gaming & Esports. A two-time honors graduate of Florida A&M University, her goal is to diversify the corporate gaming and tech industry.