In a touching move, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) have announced the Mark Beaumont Scholarship, in honour of the former COO of Capcom North America and Europe, who passed away in February 2010.
The new scholarship fund will honour Beaumont, a great leader and visionary in the interactive entertainment business for more than twenty years. The endowment is designed to support students pursuing careers in the industry, with four yearly US$2,500 awards granted to students at accredited universities.
Christian Svensson, corporate officer/vice president of strategic planning & business development, Capcom Entertainment, and AIAS board member, explains:
“Never one to seek the spotlight, Mark Beaumont has been a patient and invaluable mentor to me and the hundreds of other people he has touched over the course of nearly three decades in the industry. When you look at all of the games and brands he’s touched and people whose respect he has earned, I can think of no one that is more deserving of this honor than Mark.”
Joseph Olin, president, AIAS continues:
“Mark Beaumont exemplified the qualities that define success within the world of interactive entertainment. The Academy Foundation believes that encouraging young adults to pursue careers within the business of interactive entertainment is the most fitting way to honor Mark and his accomplishments.”
The scholarship committee is comprised of various AIAS board members: Mike Capps (Epic Games), Don Daglow (Interactive Entertainment) and Rich Hilleman (Electronic Arts), alongside Chris Swain (University of Southern California) and Jesse Schell (Carnegie Mellon, former AIAS board member).
For further information on the Mark Beaumont Scholarship Fund and the application process, or details on how to make a donation, please visit www.interactive.org.