In 2000, the ESA or Entertainment Software Association, started the ESA Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to support youth of diverse backgrounds in relation to the interactive entertainment industry.
In 2007, they started a scholarship program intended to support women and minorities interested in game development. This scholarship is offered to women or minority students who are graduating high school or are currently in college. You must be a full time college student and seeking a degree that will lead to having a career in the computer and video games arts.
The scholarship is for $3,000 and is awarded annually. Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded, 15 to graduating high school seniors and 15 to current college students. You can apply between March 1 and May 15, 2009.