Video game giant Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) today announced the three recipients of its 2008 Scholarship Awards. The scholars were selected from a pool of 100 interns who are currently spending the summer working in EA studios around the country. The recipients, all graduating seniors, were singled out for academic excellence, outstanding internship performance, a passion for gaming and financial need. Each student will receive a $10,000 tuition scholarship.
Luv Kohli, recipient of the Dick Asher Scholarship, worked as a software engineer intern in the summer of 2007 on EA’s Godfather team, and returned this summer to work in a small EA development studio in Raleigh, N.C. According to EA, Kohli brought an exemplary level of skill, passion and excitement to both of his internships. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in computer science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, focusing on virtual reality related to new modes of gaming.
Sarah Hatton, who receives the Tim Mott Scholarship, has excelled this summer as an assistant producer intern on EA’s Pogo team. In addition to pursuing her M.F.A. in digital technology at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., she has taught and worked on various projects in the local community. While attending undergraduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., Hatton was a research artist for Alice Software, of which EA has been a strong supporter.
Greg Hettinger, recipient of the Randy Pausch Scholarship, is a non-traditional student who earned a B.S. degree in business from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. He returned to school full-time to follow his passion and work toward earning another bachelor’s degree, this time in fine arts at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla. Hettinger has been working at EA this summer as an animator on Hasbro products at EA Salt Lake City.
‘These winners embody the spirit of EA and the people that inspired these three scholarships’retired board of directors Dick Asher and Tim Mott, and long-time friend of EA who recently passed, Randy Pausch,’ says Gabrielle Toledano, exec VP of Human Resources at EA. ‘Luv Kohli, Sarah Hatton and Greg Hettinger reflect the diversity of EA’s internship program, and all have unique academic and work experiences. In addition, all three scholars have been extended job offers to return to EA after completing their studies, which is great recognition of their hard work and professional achievements at EA this summer.’
EA’s summer internship program is one of the largest in the industry, hosting more than 200 students to work in studios around the world. The 12-week curriculum provides students with a broad overview of the game making process, as well as a solid foundation in specific functional areas such as development and marketing. More information about working at EA can be found at: www.jobs.ea.com.