Partnering with Allied Esports and HyperX for a Third Year, Fellows will receive $1K Microgrants and Experiential Learning Opportunities With Industry Insiders and More
1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF), a national nonprofit that supports the dreams of talented young women in need with scholarships, mentorship and other resources, announces the return of the BroadcastHER Academy, an esports and gaming fellowship program for women interested in pursuing careers in the industry – whether in-front or behind the camera. Partners include premier esports entertainment company Allied Esports and HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc. and leader in gaming products.
Starting today, interested applicants are invited to apply to the BroadcastHER Academy Challenge: https://1000dreamsfund.org/broadcasther-academy-challenge-2021/
“Our BroadcastHER Academy has had a tremendous impact on the 20+ fellows we’ve served since its launch in 2019, helping participants gain critical work experience for their resumes and an opportunity to build networks with leaders in the industry,” says 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder and CEO Christie Garton. “While the focus is on helping our fellows identify career opportunities in an industry where women continue to be underrepresented, the BroadcastHER Academy is also intended to build a diverse talent pool for our partners and the industry.”
According to Esports Ecosystem Report 2021, the esports market is on track to surpass $1.5B by 2023. While women continue to rise in influence, the challenges they face in what is still considered to be a “male-dominated” world include a substantial pay gap.
“1,000 Dreams Fund and the BroadcastHER Academy continue to play an essential role in elevating women in the gaming industry to new heights, and we are extremely proud to be a partner,” said Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports. “We are honored to host these incredible women at HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas and give them experience and knowledge to help them blaze their own trail to success.”
“We’re excited to partner again with 1,000 Dreams and support future female champions—both with players, and those working behind the scenes in the esports industry,” says Wendy Lecot, head of HyperX strategic alliances. “Aspiring women will have the opportunity to share their experiences in this industry and we are proud to be a part of this initiative.”
In 2021, a group of 10 talented women will be announced to the fellowship program for one year. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application which includes a proposed plan for what they hope to accomplish by the end of the program.
Selected winners will receive:
- $1,000 microgrant to further their education;
- One 60-minute mentor session with an executive from one of our partners by video conference. Matches made based on skills and career interests of both the mentor and mentee;
- The program will include an all-expense paid trip for winners to visit a center of esports excellence, including the HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas to shadow the Allied Esports team which would include:
– A comprehensive hands-on tour
– Time with the broadcast unit to learn about the broadcast operations
– Lunch or dinner with a 1DF or Allied Esports executive or broadcast professional
– Opportunity to call a game in a professional broadcast booth
– Video reel, and/or the work streamed live through the 1,000 Dreams Fund channel on Twitch;
- Additionally, winners will have access to additional “pop up” opportunities with partners whether live events, conferences, tournaments, project-based contract roles, internships, apprenticeships or even full-time employment.
About the 2021 BroadcastHER Academy Challenge
How it works: Applicants will enter via a photo challenge that showcases the applicants’ breadth and depth of talent, commitment, and interest in gaming/broadcasting as a career
How to apply: The Challenge will be accessible on the 1DF microsite: https://1000dreamsfund.org/broadcasther-academy-challenge-2021/
Who can apply: Women 18 years of age and older, who are based in the U.S.
Key dates: The BroadcastHER Academy Challenge launches on February 2, 2021 and ends on March 18th. Fellowship winners will be selected and announced over the course of the 5 week Challenge. Winners will be announced on the 1,000 Dreams Fund Blog and social media accounts (i.e., Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
About 1,000 Dreams Fund
1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF) is a national scholarship fund for American girls in high school and college. 1DF believes that big expenses should never stand in the way of big dreams. Since its launch in 2016, over $300,000 in funding has been granted to talented young women in need, helping them pay for the “extras” in school like study abroad, tech devices for the classroom and travel to conferences and seminars. 1DF has been featured on Cheddar TV, NBCNews.com, USA Today, MarketWatch, Forbes, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, TODAY and more. To learn more about 1DF, visit http://1000dreamsfund.org/