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EMU freshman awarded first annual Gen. G Foundation Scholarship

EMU freshman Joaquin Piazza was one of 11 students awarded the Gen. G Foundation Scholarship.

EMU’s Joaquin Pizana joined a group of 11 students from around the country in receiving Gen. G Esports’ newly created Gen. G Foundation Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship was created to support people of color, women, and low-income students with interests in gaming, content creation, journalism, entrepreneurship, or esports.

“When I first found out about it [the scholarship], I had to do a little bit of research on it to see if I would be a good fit for it, but after reading about it, I saw that it was on the mark for what I wanted to do in the future,” Pizana said.

Pizana is from Adrian, Michigan, and is a freshman pursuing a Fine Arts major, with a concentration in Graphic Design. 

“[Gen. G] wanted to make sure to find students, who not only love playing games but are also able to enrich the culture and enterprise around games,” Chris Park, CEO of Gen. G Esports, said. “It is important for us to continue to invest in these students, as we believe our scholarship recipients will strengthen the diversity and representation that gaming needs to reach its full potential.”

The Gen. G Foundation was started in 2020 with the hopes of developing students who could one day lead the gaming industry.

“As a leader in what we believe to be the most transformative part of media and entertainment, we feel a responsibility to do our part for as many young gamers as we can reach, not just our own fans. Our engagement of students in both the US and Asia has grown so rapidly in the last 18 or so months that establishing this scholarship initiative felt like a natural next step,” Park said.

For more information about the scholarship fund, visit Gen. G’s website.