Pokimane Donates $50,000 Toward Esports Scholarships

Imane "Pokimane" Anys has donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine to fund an annual scholarship for students in gaming and esports.

By Crystal Mills

February 15, 2020

Imane “Pokimane” Anys has donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine to fund an annual scholarship for students dedicated to gaming and esports. The donation will “sit for perpetuity in an investment account accruing 4-5% annually, [and] ensures one qualified student per year an award—the Pokimane Scholarship—between $2,000 and $2,500.” UCI revealed that this was the first scholarship of its kind in the program’s history.

Pokimane announced the donation in a press release, stating, “I love being able to share my experience of how I got to where I am today in hopes that it will help others who are on their way. I’m also especially happy to be supporting UCI’s esports program because their students are focusing on gaming in addition to pursuing their college degree—which, I can say from experience, isn’t easy.”

Imane “Pokimane” Anys studied chemical engineering in college while she simultaneously grew her Twitch and YouTube channels. She rose to fame as a content creator, streaming popular games such as Fortnite and League of Legends. Recently, she had a dance translated into an emote in Fortnite. To date, she has more than 3,800,000 followers on Twitch, with more than 9,000 premium subscribers counted in January.

This is an excellent candidate to head a scholarship for UCI, but it could also lead to “future involvement in a mentorship role with scholarship winners.” Video games, esports, and streaming could all potentially become viable careers for many students, and it’s important to have a popular figure realistically help shape a possible path to success.

University of California, Irvine stated on their website, “In donating such a significant amount to our program, Anys wishes to institute a merit-based scholarship that will last for many generations to come. It is our hope that the Pokimane Scholarship will encourage others to give back to the community. We are inspired by Pokimane’s generous commitment to furthering excellence in collegiate esports.”

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Crystal Mills

Born with a controller in her hand, Crystal has been a lifelong gamer who has been known to obsessively ramble about Dragon Age theories. She loves everything from RPGs to shooters, and has a passion for Call of Duty esports. She has written for The Loadout, theScore esports, OpTic Intel, and more. When not writing or gaming Crystal is usually working in surgery, strapping on some boxing gloves, or trying to figure out what her My Hero Academia quirk would be.

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