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Video Games Lead to Scholarships for One Huntsville Native

If you’re not hip with what the young people are talking about these days, you might think Fortnite was just something that happened over a two-week period. But it’s not. The wildly popular video and computer game is taking the gaming world by storm, and in one case, leading to a scholarship opportunity.

Gabriel Alonso, a St. John Paul II Catholic High School graduate who is currently a student at Auburn University, will head to Ashland University in Ohio this fall to be part of their Fortnite team, according to WAFF.

Each scholarship is worth $4,000, according to Forbes. Ashland University is the first school to offer scholarships based solely on this game and students’ academic achievement.

However, 63 other colleges and universities have esports teams or programs. Talledega College is the only Alabama school that offers an esports program, but other surrounding states have schools with a tech-savvy sports program.

Esports have even carved out a place on ESPN.com.

So teens, the next time your parents are giving you a hard time about playing video games, remind them that you can get a scholarship for your exceptional skills. Parents, the next time your teens are giving you a hard time about choosing video games over homework, remind them that all these scholarships have an academic component that requires students to keep their grades up.


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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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