(ATLANTA, June 2022) The Black Collegiate Gaming Association (BCGA) is kicking off summer with education and gaming all in one by teaming up with 7 HBCUs for the Corners to Colleges HBCU program. Starting on June 5th to July 15th, over 100 high school students (9-12th grade) will experience a week of HBCU college prep gaming and learn in-depth about the world of Esports. The students will be staying on HBCU campuses and will be exposed to so many things for the first time including; exposure to HBCU college life, a 1-week overnight stay in campus dorms, introduction to the gaming industry and opportunities in all aspects of the industry including Esports, college advisors working with the students in the campus gaming & innovation labs, the opportunity to work on real case studies and projects from BCGA corporate partners, weekly compensations and certificate of completions, special awards &/or scholarships to one of the BCGA member institutions. The BCGA HBCU Charter Members’ Institutions include:
Florida A&M University
Mississippi Valley State University
Edward Waters University
Florida Memorial University
Alabama State University
Alabama A&M University
Jackson State University
“ I'm excited to create history again and bring some of the most deserving and amazing high school students to seven of our 16 HBCU member institutions with Corners to Colleges. We're changing lives and educating hundreds of blacks and women of color to enter and diversify the Gaming industry! ”, said Keshia Walker, Founder, and Chairwoman of BCGA.
To be chosen for the Corners to College HBCU initiative, students had to have a 2.5 or higher GPA, two letters of recommendation from a teacher/guidance counselor and a community representative or non-profit organization. This initiative could not be done without the contributions from our sponsors: Sony Playstation, HyperX, Intel, Google Play, Lenovo, Staples & GameStop. This initiative and each and every endeavor with BCGA cannot be done without these meaningful partnerships with these extraordinary brands.
The Black Collegiate Gaming Association was established to provide education, access, and career opportunities in the gaming and Esports industry to Black and women of color college students. BCGA offers virtual and on-campus curriculums; inter-collegiate video gaming competitions; internships and post-graduation job opportunities; team building and leadership training; professional development and networking events; scholarships and mentorships; and on-campus Esports and gaming labs.
Founder and Chairwoman Keshia Walker launched BCGA in May of 2020 after more than 20 years of running successful celebrity events and experiential marketing firms. She made history herself by being the first Black woman to enter the male-dominated field of collegiate gaming & Esports. A two-time honors graduate of Florida A&M University, her goal is to diversify the corporate gaming and tech industry. For more information visit cornerstocolleges.com.
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