The University of Roehampton has announced that any student on any course, at any level, undergraduate or postgraduate within the university can apply for a £1500 esports scholarship fund.
Students applying for the scholarship will need to demonstrate aptitude in the field and in common with other sports scholarships available at the University, successful applicants over the coming years will be required to display their commitment to eSports alongside successful academic progression.
There’s two ways to look at this story. You could decide that the University of Roehampton is progressive and forward thinking, looking to the future when esports are just as mainstream as football. Alternatively, you could argue that £1500 is a small price to pay for an awful lot of coverage, outrage from the Daily Mail, blanket coverage from esports sites, and countless opinion pieces all of which mention the university.
Source: Press release