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Dev offers game dev scholarship funds for LGBT students in Mississippi

Dev offers game dev scholarship funds for LGBT students in Mississippi

April 8, 2016 | By Alex Wawro

Nice bit of news this week out of Fun Bits, the studio best known for the Fat Princess games, which is offering a pair of $1,000 scholarship grants to any high school students graduating this year in Mississippi who identify as LGBT and seek to pursue a college education in art or video game design.

"I was given a $500 award grant to help me travel to and teach English in Japan in my freshman year. It changed my life," CEO Chris Millar told Gamasutra. 

This offer is especially notable in light of the fact that Fun Bits is based in Seattle; the studio's offer is a response to Mississippi governor Phil Bryant's decision this week to sign into a law a bill that empowers businesses in the state to refuse service (based on religious beliefs) to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Shortly thereafter Fun Bits posted the scholarship grant offer to Facebook, where supporters have already shown interest in matching the grant with their own funds. Aspiring game makers interested in taking Fun Bits up on the offer can check out the full details and requirements over on its Facebook page.

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