The University of Toronto has founded Canada’s first eSports scholarship. The funding is coming from alumnus and a global investor, Victor Xin. The eSports scholarship is named after Victor Xin, and is awarded to one full-time undergraduate student in the Applied Science and Engineering major with a minimum 3.5 GPA, and who shares a “passion for eSports or gaming”.
The UofT eSports club was founded under the premise to grow the campus initiatives and support competitive gaming in the college scene.
“There are trailblazers on campus who are rallying a different set of students to build campus organizations focused on an alternative way of learning to lead and succeed in life,” Xin said in a press release. “Society may not recognize them yet – but we shouldn’t let them fall through the cracks.”
University of Toronto is not the first to offer scholarships in eSports, but is the first in Canada. In 2016, the University of California at Irvine launched a scholarship program to support players that compete in the eSports scene. Robert Morris University and University of Pikeville all share eSports scholarship programs. There are several other schools currently in motion to approve scholarship funding for eSports clubs.