The IGDA Scholars conference scholarships are among the most coveted awards for promising students in game development and related disciplines. The program began in 2001 with a select group of students receiving an all-access pass to GDC. In the intervening years, the program has expanded globally to include a number of different conferences such as GDC Europe, Gamescom, E3, and more, with different conferences selected each year.
The scholarships are awarded to the most promising students studying subjects related to games development. IGDA Scholars receive passes to attend select week-long conferences, just like they always have, but the program has grown to pair these conferences with mentorship from members of industry, special opportunities such as studio tours or networking events, and private Q&As with senior leaders in the industry.