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Sony Online Reveals G.I.R.L. Scholarship Recipient

by Jeff Cork on Jun 21, 2011 at 04:43 AM

Sony Online Entertainment has named the recipient of its Gamers in Real Life scholarship for women, now in its fourth year. Alicia Crawford, of La Quinta, Calif., has been selected as the recipient, which provides a $10,000 and 10-week paid scholarship at SOE's offices.

"It's such an honor to be recognized for my work by a major video game publisher, and I'm extremely thankful to SOE for this opportunity," said Crawford. "Winning the G.I.R.L. scholarship fuels my desire to work in the gaming industry and my existing passion for video games."

Before winning the scholarship, Crawford and other finalists had to submit two pieces of original art depicting a concept for a character and environment for Free Realms or EverQuest II. Her winning entries can be seen above and below.

"Supporting the education and careers of young artists drives our ever-evolving industry forward by adding fresh perspectives and new innovative ideas that help shape the future of games as we know them," said Laura Naviaux, vice president of global sales and marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "Once again, we've selected an individual we are extremely proud to have represent our G.I.R.L. scholarship program and hope that talented young women, such as Alicia, continue to embrace and pursue the creative opportunities available in the gaming industry."

Congratulations, Alicia.