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  Aspiring Writers Awarded College Scholarships from New York Videogame Critics Circle
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

New York City, Sept. 11, 2019 – The New York Videogame Critics Circle (the multicultural organization comprised of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers in the city), again this year awarded college scholarships to students interested in the study of journalism. The recipients of the 2019 New York Videogame Critics Circle college scholarships include a team of four, Kimari Rennis, Ayisha Entein, Darrell Blackwood and Justin Matos. These scholarship recipients showed a brilliance for combining taut narrative with smart game level design in LittleBigPlanet 3.

“The students we awarded this year’s New York Videogame Critics Circle scholarships have all shown a commitment to excellence in their academic and extracurricular activities,” said New York Videogame Critics Circle founder and board president, Harold Goldberg. “Investing in these students, who will be the gaming journalists and narrative designers of the future, is at the core of the organization’s mission.”

The NYVGCC annual scholarship contest had applicants submit a game narrative that began as a poem, with a focus on both journalism and social justice (read poems here). Based on poem entries, applicants proceeded to create long-form narrative for what would become meaningful levels in Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet3. This compelling challenge for the two Bronx-area high schools involved began last February and only recently was completed.

Scholarships are just one piece of the New York Videogame Critic’s Circle mission to give back to underserved NYC-area high school students. Additional programs include:

  • DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underprivileged students.

  • Community events at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle has held the annual New York Game Awards at the Abrons Arts Center and brings games education to community events.

  • Mentoring at Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan's Chelsea area.  

  • New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history, and how games bring people together.

NYVGCC members are a culturally diverse and passionate group of videogame journalists from media outlets including Polygon, Tom’s Guide, CNET, Time and The Washington Post. View a full list of members here. For more information on getting involved through volunteering and fundraising with the NYVGCC, click here.

The members of the NYVGCC board of directors and officers include Ted Houghton (board chair), Harold Goldberg (board president), Catharine Soros (board secretary) and Marc Mayer (board treasurer).

Click here for more information on the New York Videogame Critics Circle, or contact founder Harold Goldberg at [email protected]. For the latest news from NYVGCC, follow the New York Videogame Critics Circle on Facebook and Twitter.

About the New York Videogame Critics Circle

Based in New York City, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the need for community in the oftentimes cut-throat world of journalism. This multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in New York City. Members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle give back to their communities with programs like at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx, NY where the group offers mentoring, internships, lectures, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students. The organization also holds community events in association with The Abrons Arts Center, part of the Henry Street Settlement. At SVA Theatre, the group holds the annual New York Game Awards, which benefits their community service work. They also mentor seniors at O.A.T.S., Older Adult Technology Services, at their tech center in NYC.

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