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, the Tokyo Game Show and more.
The scholarships are awarded to the most promising students studying anything related to game development. Scholars still receive an all-access pass, just like they always have, but now it also includes a lot more – mentorship from members of industry, opportunities to visit local studios or even meeting with senior figures in the industry.